Summary: Do you know that if you’re saved, blood bought, through faith in the finished work of Christ, you are a worshipper and priest, able to offer up spiritual sacrifices to the Lord? There’s more....
Christianity’s ’MISSING LINK’
Do you know that if you’re saved, blood bought, through faith in the finished work of Christ, you are a worshipper and priest, able to offer up spiritual sacrifices to the Lord? There’s more....
IS GOD RECEIVING THE WORSHIP
DUE UNTO HIS NAME?
PSALM 29 :2 ,"GIVE UNTO THE LORD
THE GLORY DUE UNTO HIS NAME; WORSHIP THE
LORD IN THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS."
I have visited several bible-teaching churches and have found confusion.
They call a certain service,a worship service but the pastor gives a gospel message for the unsaved or he ministers to the believers. Now,is this worship? No, it is not. Then what is worship you might say.
WORSHIP IS THE FRUIT OF OUR LIPS GIVING THANKS TO HIS
NAME. (Hebrews 13:15). Worship is praise from us to God, while ministry is from God to us. There is a difference between a worship service, a gospel service and a ministry service.
IN JOHN 4:23 "THE FATHER SEEKETH WORSHIPPERS TO WORSHIP
HIM". Fellow Christians, please don’t forget that. The Father is seeking something. There is a lot going on today. There is a lot of work and far be it from me to ever minimize the importance of Christian service, but it doesn’t say here the Father seeketh servants to serve Him. It says here,
THE FATHER SEEKETH WORSHIPPERS, TO WORSHIP HIM
That’s what He would have-His redeemed people fulfilling this character of worship which was in His mind from eternity.THINK OF IT
--REDEEMED CREATURES, PURCHASED AT SUCH A COST BOWING
DOWN BEFORE HIM AND POURING OUT A FULL HEART IN
APPRECIATION FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE.
WORSHIP IS THE HEARTS OVERFLOW TO GOD IN PRAISE AND
THANKSGIVING. (REV. 4:10,11).
Because of His grace, we have the privilege of all being able to fulfill the place where God has put us. There is no joy greater than the place where God has put us. There is no joy greater than the joy of a worshipper of God. Why? Because the soul is occupied with the Divine Being upon whom our very life depends. There is no really enjoying life unless you are a worshipper of God.
WHO CAN WORSHIP?
Now in order to worship Him you must KNOW HIM. No proper worship can be rendered to Him unless you know Him.
The basis of worship is redemption. (Rev. 5:8-10) An unsaved person cannot worship God.
"THE SACRIFICE OF THE WICKED IS AN ABOMINATION TO THE
LORD" (PROV. 15:8) "BE YE NOT UNEQUALLY YOKED TOGETHER
WITH UNBELIEVERS; FOR WHAT FELLOWSHIP HATH RIGHTEOUSNESS
WITH UNRIGHTEOUSNESS? AND WHAT COMMUNION HATH LIGHT
WITH DARKNESS?"(2COR.6:14) . Now, I’m not saying if any unsaved person should come to a worship service you should force him to leave, but his place would be only to observe believers worshipping the Lord, not as a partaker. So, who can worship the Lord?
And all believers are priests. 1 Peter 2:5 says, "YE ALSO, AS LIVING STONES,
ARE BUILT UP A SPIRITUAL HOUSE, AN HOLY PRIESTHOOD, TO
OFFER UP SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES, ACCEPTABLE TO GOD BY
JESUS CHRIST". When an assembly of Christians are gathered together for the purpose of worship, any brother led by the Spirit may be the mouthpiece for the assembly in praising the Lord, leading in a hymn, or reading a portion of scripture recalling what our precious Lord has done for us.
If there is a separate class of men set apart by human appointment for this, it would deny the priesthood of all. It would not be a sister’s place to be the vocal
instrument for the assembly. (1Cor. 14:34) Yet her meditations of praise in her heart are of great importance to the Lord, also. Israel’s worship was a formal worship-an outward worship-only certain ones could participate in it directly-the priestly household. It was restricted. Yet, God had intended in the Old Testament all were to be priests, a holy nation but they forfeited this place by worshipping the golden calf. (Exodus 19:5,6)
OUR OBJECT OF WORSHIP
God the Father (John 4:23) and God the Son (John 5:23) are the objects of worship but not God the Holy Spirit. (John 16:13,14). It is only fitting during a time of worship that we have the breaking of bread. (Acts 2:42)
The Father and the Son are the objects of our thoughts and mediations during this time.
This meeting is especially for united praise and worship
as we remember our Lord . The purpose of the Breaking of Bread meeting is "THIS DO IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME"(1 Cor. 11:26) and "ANNOUNCE HIS DEATH" (1 Cor. 11:26) and on "FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK " (Acts 20:7)
Who administers it?
Any brother led by Spirit to do so. (1 Peter 2:5, 1 Cor.11:25).
How long do we do this? "UNTIL HE COMES" (1 Cor. 11:26).