Summary: Developing a lifestyle of worship.
Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing
3. How To Develop of Lifestyle of Worship
January 22/23, 2005
Feb 5/6 changes
2 new small groups –
• The Holy Spirit and the Believer with Ken Mann Thu 2/3
• DNA of Relationship with Kortuses Wed 2/16.
CENTRAL IDEA: Developing a lifestyle of worship
OBJECTIVE STATEMENT: Every person can develop a lifestyle of worship by practicing certain disciplines in their life.
1. Get spiritual exercise daily. (read the Bible and pray)
2. Keep in Step with the Spirit all day long. (recognize Jesus’ presence with you through every activity and seek His wisdom before acting.)
Over the past 2 weeks we’ve looked at 2 of our 3 priorities as a church.
2 weeks ago: Outreach – We are dedicated to reaching people who do not know Christ as their Savior.
Last week: Small Groups – We are determined to care for each other through small groups.
WORSHIP: We are devoted to worshipping God as a lifestyle.
But what is worship anyway?
I think Jesus’ response would be this:
Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
Worship definition from a message last July – worship is declaring in word, thought, or action the greatness of God and your submission to Him.
So the question is, How can we develop a lifestyle where we’re declaring the greatness of God our our submission to Him on a moment by moment basis?
1. Get spiritual nourishment and exercise daily.
ILLUS: Eating healthy and exercising daily are important to long life and happiness. But sometimes it isn’t a great joy! Eating your vegetables is good sometimes. But sometimes we have to make a choice to eat healthy and say no to other foods. Sometimes we feel great about exercising. It’s fun! Other times it hurts – it’s costly – and we’d rather be in front of the TV or in bed.
But it’s ALWAYS good for us!
• Make the time.
I’ve resolved not to watch TV before I’ve read the Bible that day.
Could be morning, lunchtime, after dinner, right before bed – but find 20 minutes. Most of us could just turn off the TV and instantly have at least an hour a day.
• Read the Bible and pray for God to give you insight.
What do I learn about God?
What do I learn about people?
What do I learn about myself?
How does this apply to my life today?
What verse should I memorize?
• Pray over the events of the day coming up.
When we do this the benefits are enormous.
• Scripture comes to mind to share with people throughout the day.
• Scripture comes to mind when temptation comes along.
ILLUS: Researchers have discovered certain people are genetically destined to excel in athletics. According to their studies, the A.C.E. gene is longer in athletes than in those who are not agile, fast, or well-coordinated in their movements. Researchers also observed that people who are born with a longer A.C.E. must work out to take advantage of their hereditary advantage.
Similarly, those who receive Christ are capable of a life of spiritual victory. When we become a Christian and receive the Holy Spirit, we have the power to say no to sin and yes to righteousness. But as with those genetically predisposed to athletic success, we must "work out."