Summary: Helping the audience to develop a sound theology of worship by identifying some of the necessary elements of worship

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1. Title: Essentials of Worship

2. Text: (several)

3. Audience: Villa Heights Christian Church, AM crowd., October 1, 2006, First in the series on worship “Stand in Awe”

4. Objectives:

-for the people to understand what constitutes an “essential” in worship; to understand why the essentials of worship matter so much

-for the people to feel glad to worship God and Him only; feel strongly that the body of biblical doctrine regarding worship is very important

-for the people to regard worship as a privilege and a vital part of our relationship with Jesus; review in their heads what is the object, system of belief, and resulting lifestyle that accompanies their worship life; make changes in their lives where they don’t accurately reflect their worship

5. When I finish my sermon I want my audience to have a more biblical understanding of worship and a greater conviction that results in life change that they need to be in continual awe of God

6. Type: topical

7. Dominant Thought: Worship of God consists of a few essential elements

8. Outline:

Intro: In essentials unity, in non-essentials, liberty, in all things, charity.

How many of you recognize that saying? In Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, you may often find or hear it. Some say it was first coined by St. Augustine. It’s one of a few “slogans” that were repeated early on in what’s known as “The Restoration Movement.” We don’t have “creeds,” so we have slogans. In fact, one of those slogans is, “No creed but Christ, no book but the Bible, no name but Christian.” I’m helped by those creeds, I mean, slogans. Those sayings remind us of the great ideas from which this church grew. They help us because they simply point to Bible truth and insist that we keep the truth of the Bible ahead of all human ideas, rather than treating them as important as the Bible itself. They’re valuable because they remind us of the mistakes of the past and encourage us to live wisely in the future.

In essentials unity, in non-essentials, liberty, in all things, charity. Can you amen the idea behind that? So, what’s an essential? Before we can get very far with this, we have to be able to answer that.

Identifying essentials has become a great challenge over the centuries. In fact, some even balk at the idea that there is such a thing as a non-essential. But, let me be quick to point out there are some non-essentials in the Lords’ Church – all of them our own creation. You know what they are, but sometimes someone needs to get up and remind us – they’re the things that churches sometimes decide to split over – things in the realm of opinion – things that the Bible doesn’t even address – things that we must keep in the realm of opinion – things like whether we should serve a big breakfast, a small breakfast or serve no breakfast at all in the fellowship hall or whether we should have a fellowship hall, and whether we should call it a fellowship hall, the gym, the family life center, or something else. They’re the things like the color of walls and carpets, and pew pads.

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