Summary: This sermon in my series on Revelation deals with worship.

How Should We Worship?

Revelation 5:1-14

1 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.

2Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?"

3And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.

4So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.

5But one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals."

6And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

7Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.

8Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

9And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,

10And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth."

11Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living

creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand,

and thousands of thousands,

12saying with a loud voice: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and

riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!"

13And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as

are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: "Blessing and honor and glory and

power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!"

14Then the four living creatures said, "Amen!" And the twenty-four elders fell down and

worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.

I’ve asked this question before, but I’m asking it again.

Why do you come to church?

Some people come to a church to hear good preaching.

Some like to attend a church

where there is a lively worship service.

Others come to church to sing the old hymns.

There was a church that had a man in the choir who couldn’t sing.

Others tried to help him find other places of ministry in the church

but he insisted on being in the choir.

The choir director became so desperate that he went to the pastor.

“Pastor, you have to do something with brother Jones.

If you can’t persuade him to leave the choir

then I quit and most of the choir will quit too. Help us!”

The pastor went to the man and suggested that he leave the choir.

Brother Jones replied, “Why should I leave?”

The preacher said, “Several people have told me you can’t sing”

To which Brother Jones replied, “That’s nothing.

Several people have told me you can’t preach!

You’re still here.”

Well, you don’t have to be a good singer to worship the Lord.

Today we are going to look at a passage

and find out who we worship, why we worship,

and how we should worship.

Revelation chapter 5 continues the vision of chapter 4.

John sees Jesus step up and begin to open the scroll.

The scroll contains 7 messages,

each of which has been sealed with the authority of God.

The breaking of the seals would reveal

the message inside each part of the scroll.

Scrolls normally had writing on only one side.

This scroll contains the Tribulation judgments of God

that will fall upon those left on earth after the Rapture.

So open your Bibles to Revelation chapter 5.

Verse 1 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.

First of all, what is a scroll?

It was like a book except it wasn’t a group of pages

bound together inside a cover.

It was a long page or pages rolled up

sort of like a roll of Christmas wrapping paper.

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