Summary: Part 1 in the "Why We Worship" sermon series
Christ Anchored Tabernacle
Pastor Jonathan Sanders
January 8, 2013
John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Why We Worship
A Series On Pentecostal Worship
The Cause And Effect Of Worship
Introduction: Cause and Effect:
The universal law of cause and effect states that for every cause, there is a definite effect and for every effect, there is a definite cause. Whenever there are events that take place, the effect of the event is to leave a trail of evidence.
Detectives use the principle of cause and effect when solving a crime. A crime scene is blocked off. Forensic scientists are called in. There is then a restructuring of the event from the evidence displayed.
For every cause, there is an effect. It is no different when it comes to our worship. There are many causes to worship the Lord and many effects that result.
I have long believed that prayer demands more prayer. The more that you pray, the deeper your desire to pray will become. It is the same with worship. Worship demands more worship. The more that we worship, the greater our desire to worship becomes.
Increased Worship magnifies our awareness of God. That which you worship demands your attention. When something demands the majority of your attention, it becomes your object of worship.
This can be practically exampled in the watching of television. The more attention that you give to your television, the more aware you become of its workings. You become a television expert. The television because it has received such attention demands more attention. You run the risk of pushing more important things out of your life because you now have an addiction to your television.
The mechanics of addiction work not only in negative aspects of our lives, but the more we worship, the easier worship becomes. When worship becomes more than something that you do and begins to demand more attention, it becomes the addiction of a Christian.
To worship God then becomes the central theme of our lives. Our decisions are affected by our worship. Our schedule is influenced by our worship. Our clothing choices are dictated by what it is that we worship. It is when worship becomes more than something that we do on Sunday, but becomes our identity, that God can work in our lives.
Causes For Worship
Humans are worshipers. We were created to worship. The more humanity learns, the more we realize that there is so much that we do not know. The more time that we spend on the frontiers of knowledge, the greater understanding we gain of the impossibility of comprehending the deep things of God’s Creation.
We are like Mark Twain, who stated, "The older I get, the smarter my parents become.” The more we learn, the deeper that our understanding of the unfathomable works of God become.
Man makes advances in science and mathematics. We solve one problem, only to uncover two more. Beneath the layers of the unknown are more questions.
Sir Isaac Newton was responsible for much of the foundation of modern scientific understanding. His discoveries include the laws of gravitation, the laws of motion, and the discovery of calculus.
At the end of what we would call a great and productive human life, Newton stated, "I do not know what I may appear to the world. But to myself, I seem to have only been like a boy playing on the seashore, diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell, whilst the great ocean of truth lay undiscovered before me."
We Are Imperfect Beings (Imperfect beings seek a perfect God to worship)
As humans, we must accept our lack of perfection. Paul stated it best when He said, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” David said in Psalm 14, “There is none that doeth good, no not one.” In Psalm 51, He said, “Behold I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
Perfection cannot be found in the human race. The perfectionist rarely has a respite from frustration as flaws repeatedly surface. He irons out one imperfection only to discover yet another.
Yet humans continue to strive for perfect government. Men look for a perfect monetary system. They seek after a perfect philosophy. Men strive to develop perfect machines. Many are in a pursuit of perfect educational systems. The leaders of this world seek a new world order of perfection.
Yet we will never find them. We are faced with our own mortality. Death is inevitable for us all.