Does worship have a place in small groups? Or does it belong only in the church building on Sunday mornings?
The Samaritan woman in John 4 might be able to answer that question for us. At one time she believed worship could happen only in a specific place (v. 19). Jesus corrected her: "A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks" (v. 23).
Worship cannot be confined to a building. It's not where you are that matters when you worship-it's where your heart is. The first-century believers praised God both in public (the temple courts) and in their homes, where they praised God and enjoyed the favor of all the people (Acts 2:46, 47).
Colossians 3:16 is a good directive for small groups: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God."
You may already be worshiping God in your group and not even realize it. You worship him in your prayers, in your Bible study, in your sharing with one another, in your loving and caring for each other. And you can worship him when you "sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 5:19, 20).