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Summary: Worship: it’s that thing we do. It’s what we were created to do. There are five things we learn about this thing we do called worship.

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Worship: That Thing We Do

Acts 17:16-28; John 4:19-26

The crowd jumps to its feet. Many clench tissues and wipe tears on from their reddened cheeks. The applause is thunderous, intermingled with cheers and praises to God as Christopher Kline from Madison, AL leads worship. It marked a great achievement. For God, it was just another step in this teen’s walk with him. But for Christopher, it was nothing short of a miracle. Christopher was born with Downs Syndrome and his parents were told that he would never do anything normal kids do. Christopher would be content to just sit and do nothing. So his parents turned him over to the Lord to allow Him to do His work in Christopher’s life. Christopher overcame many of the obstacles he faced as he grew up. He takes mainstream school classes, became the football team manager, plays baseball and has an outstandingly accurate basketball shot. But if you ask him what his favorite thing to do it, he will enthusiastically tell you, “Worshiping God!” Leading worship is one way Christopher can show how much he loves to worship God and that day as Christopher ministered to over 8000 people, they raised their hands in worship and were led into the presence of God, for they could tell it was his favorite thing. It’s what he was created to do.

Worship: it’s that thing we do. It’s what we were created to do. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to look at worship, something that we often take for granted because it’s so much a part of the routine our lives. We’re going to look at what the Bible says about worship, teach you how to deepen your intimacy with God through worship and empower your worship that we might obey God in greater ways.

There are five things we learn about this thing we do called worship. First, worship is the activity of the soul. It’s not what Christians do, it’s what everybody does. Every person worships, through their words, thoughts, and actions. In our Scripture today, Paul lays out the observation that every person on planet earth worships. That means you are a worshiper and I am a worshiper. It’s not only what we do, it’s who we are. We’ve been doing since the beginning of time. This point was driven home to me on my Holy Land Tour in 1996. Megiddo is known as the place where Armegeddon, the battle between Jesus and Satan takes place at the end of times. Here you see a scale model of the city in the time of King Solomon. Megiddo is situated over a narrow mountain pass overlooking and protecting the main trade route called the Via Maris. On the eastern side of the city is the place of worship and sacrifice. It overlooks the valley and is one of the most breathtaking sights I have ever seen. It inspires worship. But when archaeologists began to excavate the sight, the found a huge round sacrifice platform where the worship of the pagan god Ba’al occurred. Further excavation found that people had been worshiping in this sight for more than 5000 years. When the Jews conquered this area, they destroyed the temple but maintained the location as a place of worship for Yahweh, the one true God of Israel. The history of this sight reveals we are created to worship.


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