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Summary: APPRECIATE AND PROMOTE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO WORSHIP THE LORD TOGETHER WITH THE PEOPLE OF GOD

BIG IDEA:

APPRECIATE AND PROMOTE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO WORSHIP THE

LORD TOGETHER WITH THE PEOPLE OF GOD

INTRODUCTION:

OT context = Jerusalem as the center of worship with the Temple as the House of God;

Dispensational approach will see Jerusalem again prominent in the context of worship in the millennial kingdom;

Non-Dispensational approach will not see any future significant role for the city of Jerusalem

I. (:1-5) OT PILGRIMS APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORSHIP IN THE HOUSE OF GOD IN JERUSALEM

A. (:1) Appreciate the Invitation to Make the Pilgrimage to Jerusalem

"I was glad when they said to me, ’Let us go to the house of the Lord.’"

B. (:2-3) Appreciate the Significance of the City of Jerusalem

"Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem."

"Jerusalem, that is built as a city that is compact together."

C. (:4) Appreciate the Priority of Corporate Worship

1. Commanded for the People of God

2. Objective = "to give tha nks to the name of the Lord"

D. (:5) Appreciate the Historical Roots and Significance of the Kingdom of God as Mediated by David

"For there thrones were set for judgment, The thrones of the house of David."

II. (:6-9) PROMOTE THE PEACE AND PROSPERITY OF JERUSALEM

A. Pray for Peace and Prosperity

Blessing upon those who love Jerusalem

"May they prosper who love you."

B. Actively Seek Peace and Prosperity

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DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS:

1) Am I excited about every opportunity for corporate worship?

2) Does my worship center around giving thanks to the character of the Lord?

3) Am I an instrument for peace within the church of God?

4) Do I understand and appreciate the roots of my faith?

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