Summary: Created to Worship – God created us to worship Him – To bring Him glory
The Body Beautiful
Created To Worship
I would consider a background
As to why this sermon series is essential
Today we will start this series
By talking about
How the Body was created to Worship
After last week’s service
I had the opportunity to speak with many of you
And I appreciate all your concern and outpourings of love
I believe that the Lord was grieved even more
After, Because many of us still were looking on
What I said from a fleshly, earthly perspective
Worrying that I felt like leaving
Or giving up
But God was speaking to you
About your Worship
About your approaching His throne
In the bible we have many examples
Of how God allowed his messengers
To go through different painful experiences
So that they would have the heart of God
The best example of this is the prophet
Hosea’s prophetic ministry begins with his marriage.
In fact, the first thing that he is commanded to do
as a prophet of God is to marry.
Somehow Hosea’s marriage
is to be an important part of his prophetic ministry.
This would not be so striking,
were it not for the character of the woman
whom the LORD commands him to marry.
She is to be a harlot!
The prophet is to marry a prostitute!
Hosea’s marriage is to symbolize Yahweh’s relationship
with adulterous Israel.
Hosea’s painful marriage will be a visible symbol
to the nation of Israel
of their adultery against their rightful husband, Yahweh.
Amazingly, verse three shows Hosea
obeying the Word of the LORD.
He marries Gomer.
a prostitute when Hosea married her.
But the book of Hosea is not primarily about Hosea and his marriage,
it is ultimately about God and His relationship
to His covenant people, Israel.
Hosea was commanded to marry a prostitute
because that is the kind of wife
which Israel had become to Yahweh.
By combining elements of Baal worship
with the elements of Yahweh worship
commanded in the Law,
Israel was engaging in spiritual adultery
I attempted to describe to you
The spiritual battle we are fighting
And as Pastor
I see this battle clearly
Because the Lord showed it to me
Many times over these past 3 years
Yes we need your prayers
And Yes we need your support and care
But the Word last week
Was for you to see beyond
the horizon you have established in your life
to see beyond your own ideas of worship and praise
Some of you understand and believe
That God wants more for us
And for this church
And for this area.
But knowing it is not enough
I cannot take you to the place God wants you
I can only lead by example
And teach - exhort and encourage
What God is trying to show us
Is that He desires to manifest in our presence
If you feel this too
Then guess what -
God is telling you to step out of your comfort zone
Stop waiting for someone else to break out in worship
You just enter in -
And worship as God shows you
We cannot think we know it all
That will stop revival in its tracks
We cannot think we are instrumental in God’s moving
That too will stop revival
The only thing we can do
Is enter in
Pursue God with all that in us.
You see – Hunger is not manufactured
Hunger takes time to develop
It requires expending all your energy
All your reserves
And realizing that the only food you require is
Jesus said it best
But Jesus told them, "I have food that you don't know anything about."
His disciples started asking each other, "Has someone brought him something to eat?" Jesus said: My food is to do what God wants!
Some misunderstood what was said
I was not saying that God wanted us to worship
A certain way
What the Lord was saying and obviously I was not clear
Is that God desires us to be passionate about worship
Passion is expressed differently depending on
Who we are
Passion is passion
So if you get passionate about something
And you are not as passionate in worshiping God
You may have a disconnect about who God is
And what He requires
This disconnect comes from our traditional upbringing
First of all
Yes God is Holy
And should be reverenced
But you cannot find too many places in the bible
Where you see pious reverence as we view it today
In most traditional churches
The Apostles for instance never once prayed the
So called “Lord’s Prayer”
You never even find a reference to them praying at all
While Jesus was with them
In John 16