Brushing Your Teeth
The Liturgy of the Ordinary
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Series Intro: Most of our lives are composed of the small, ordinary moments of everyday life. Rather than being meaningless, these ordinary things are opportunities for us to find God’s purpose and presence in everything we do. In this series, we’re diving into the liturgy of the ordinary: how we can see and embrace the sacred in the ordinary things of life.
- Can you survive without brushing your teeth?
- Brushing our teeth is an essential part of taking care of our bodies.
- There are lots of other we do to take care of our bodies. But how often to you really pay attention to how you’re taking care of your body?
- Routines = unthinking habits
- Requirements = mandatory habits
- Liturgies = intentional, grace-filled habits
What if we made taking care of ourselves a liturgy?
12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body…. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1 Corinthians 6.12-13, 19-20 NIV)
Your body matters to God because we were created by God.
- Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. (Genesis 2.7 ESV)
- Our bodies are intrinsically important
- Our bodies are awesome and amazing
- I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139.14-16 NIV)
Your body matters to God because of what we do with our bodies.
- The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body…. (1 Corinthians 6.13 NIV)
- See also the Parable of the Sheep and Goats in Matthew 25.31-46.
- Following Jesus isn’t just about your head—it’s about your heart and your hands too.
- “Be holy, for I am holy.” (Ex 19.6; Lev 19.2, 20.7, 20.26, 21.8; 1 Pet 1.16; 1 Thes 4.7)
- What can your liturgy of brushing your teeth look like?
- Intentionally care for your body.
- Intentionally posture your body as you seek God: in how you serve, in how you pray, in how you worship.
God is forming you into a new people—and the place of that formation is in the small moments of your life.
For Further Study
- Liturgy of the Ordinary, Tish Harrison Warren (book)
- Mudhouse Sabbath, Laruen Winner (book)
- How Habits Transform Us (video)
- Atomic Habits, James Clear (book)
- Gospel Allegiance, Matthew Bates (book)
- Tish Harrison Warren on the Liturgy of the Ordinary (podcast)
- The Spirit of the Disciplines, Dallas Willard (book)
- The Liturgy of the Ordinary in Extraordinary Times (video)
Series Reflection Questions
- How often do you think about the ordinary things of your life?
- What does today’s topic usually look like for you?
- What small change to that part of your life can you make this week?
Message Reflection Questions
- What part of the message was the most thought provoking? Challenging? Encouraging?
- What did you understand to be the main point of the message?
- How did the Holy Spirit speak to you through the message?
- What did the message communicate about God? About us? About our world?
- What didn’t you understand in the message?
- What can you apply from the message to your life? What can we apply to our life together? What can we apply in our church or community?
- What lesson from the message do you need accountability or help with?