Summary: Everything that takes place on Sunday morning is considered worship ­ the sermon, the offering, the songs, communion, and our prayers.

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Adoring God in Worship

INTRODUCTION: This morning we’ve decided to change our regular order of service in order to better accomplish our purposes. Since our topic is “Adoring God in Worship,” we wanted to allow time for us to worship and to hear from God’s Word. And, since everything that takes place on Sunday morning is considered worship ­ the sermon, the offering, the songs, communion, and our prayers we decided to mix it up a bit today. I’m going to preach the sermon in three parts ­ and I’m going to give you my outline in advance:

Part I Revering Worship

Part II Rejoicing Worship

Part III Rethinking Worship

After Part I, we’re going to spend time focusing on the awesomeness and holiness of God. After Part II, we’ll celebrate God by offering Him songs of joy and gladness. We’ll then close our corporate worship time by taking communion together.

PART I ­ Revering Worship

The way we use words is interesting to me. Each generation seems to have its own lingo. When I was in high school we used words like, hip, cool, far-out, out-of-sight, rad, and groovy -- I’ve tried to bring this word back but whenever I use it, people just stare at me and think I’m out to lunch ­ maybe I need to wear my Leisure Suit and start listening to 8-Tracks again!

Words express a common understanding, and phrases serve as code words, or shortcuts.

Just this week we were talking to our girls about possible sayings they could use when they’re at school together. It would be like their secret code, that no one else could understand. When I was young, my family used a “whistle” like sound ­ it went something like this… [ demonstrate ] Whenever my sisters would make this sound I’d come running to their rescue.

The word, Awesome has been used a lot ­ whether you’re a child of the 60’s like I am, or if you happen to be a bit younger. Awesome can refer to the weather, a sports team, a meal, a car, a CD, a conference, or is sometimes used in our house when the girls sleep late on a Saturday morning ­ which isn’t very often.

You know what? God has taught me just recently that He alone is awesome. In fact, I’ve been convicted that I should save this word awesome to describe only Him. Sure, there are other things that I think are great, but God alone is awesome -- He is the only one I should stand in awe of.

One way this word awe can be translated is fear. To be filled with awe means that we are filled with a reverential fear before the presence of the Almighty. The word conveys a sense of holy terror. It’s what should happen when we come into the very presence of the Thrice-Holy God. To be filled with awe means that we have transcended our earthly view and have caught a glimpse of the eternal glory of the living God.

The early church had something that is often pretty foreign to us in the 20th Century -- they were in awe of God. They knew that He alone was Awesome!

Listen to how Chuck Colson describes the contrast between the first century believers and believers today. This is from his book, The Body (pages 381-383):

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