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Summary: Christians need to know more about worship. None of us know as much as we could. It is my desire to preach the Bible during the entire sermon. Please note all points and sub-points are tied to the scripture. This sermon is expository in style, you wi

OUR WORSHIP OF GOD

Various Text (Series 5 Functions of the Church)

Introduction

One writer notes that:

Worship in our time has been captured by the tourist mind set. Worship is understood as a visit to an attractive site to be made when we have adequate leisure. For some it is a weekly jaunt to church. For others, occasional visits to special services. Some, with a bent for Christian entertainment and sacred diversion, plan their lives around special events like retreats, rallies and conferences. We go to see a new personality, to hear a new truth, to get a new experience and so, somehow, expand our otherwise humdrum lives. We’ll try anything -- until something else comes along.

1 Our Worship of God Is Decreed.

2. Our Worship of God Is Directed.

3. Our Worship of God Is Demonstrated.

1 Our Worship of God Is . . Decreed.

A. Decreed for the . . Earth. Matt 4:10 (NAS)

10 Then Jesus said to him, "Begone, Satan! For it is written, ’You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’"

1. Temptations will Come to Worship the World.

2. Temptations will Come to Serve Self Etc.

B. Decreed for the . . Eternal. Rev 14:7

7 and he said with a loud voice, "Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters." (NAS)

1. Reverence.

2. Judge.

3. Creator.

Illustration Bow before the Great

The one essential condition of human existence is that man should always be able to bow down before something infinitely great. If men are deprived of the infinitely great, they will not go on living and will die of despair. The Infinite and the Eternal are as essential for man as the little planet on which he dwells. -- Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Leadership, Vol. 19, no. 1.

Application

Do you follow direction as you worship? I mean the direction of the Holy Spirit. Worship is Decreed in scripture.

2. Our Worship of God Is . . Directed.

A. Directed In the . . Spirit. Phil 3:1-3

1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things {again} is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you. 2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; 3 for we are the {true} circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh, (NAS)

B. Directed In the . . Truth. John 4:21-24

21 Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall you worship the Father. 22 "You worship that which you do not know; we worship that which we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." (NAS)

1. Involves the Heart

2. Involves the Head.

Application

If we realize our worship is decreed by the word of the Lord do we also realize the Lord gives us direction in worship?


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