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Summary: Worship happens when God reveals Himself, We choose to remember, and then we respond.

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TEXT: Exodus

TITLE: The Praising Church

TOPIC: The Praising Church

OCCASION: Burnside Christian Church, February 3rd, 2008

PROP.: Worship happens when God reveals Himself, We choose to remember, and then we respond.

INTRODUCTION: At this time we would like to dismiss our Jr. Church age kids ages 4 years old - 4th grade and if you would take the attendance pads and pass them down the pew you’re sitting in.

We are journeying together to become the church that Jesus desires. The text that is the model for us to follow comes to us from

Acts 2:42-47

42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Today, and for the next 3 weeks in February, I want us to be PRAISING GOD!

God’s people have always worshipped Him! From the beginning of time where Cain and Abel offered up their sacrifices of worship, to the time Abraham took Isaac to sacrifice Him on the altar, God’s people have always offered up worship to Him!

To start this sermon series off right, let’s start with the Israelites (God’s chosen people) and how learn how worship works: Let’s start in Exodus 3:12.

You know where the Israelites are, right? They are in Egypt serving Pharaoh and being mistreated and abused! Moses fled Egypt and was living in Midian because he killed an Egyptian. And here our story begins…

Exodus 3:12

And God said, "I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you [ The Hebrew is plural. ] will worship God on this mountain."

Why did God want the Israelites free from persecution and slavery? Sure, he was upset about the treatment of His people…but God makes a promise to Moses and the Israelites: WHEN THE PEOPLE ARE FREE, THEY WILL WORSHIP ME!

Each and every time Moses visited Pharaoh, and before each plague hit, Moses told Pharaoh to let God’s people go so they could WORSHIP Him! And worship Him they did!

T.S.: WOSHIP HAPPENS WHEN….

I. REVELATION OCCURS:

1. When God shows Himself - When faced with the almighty, powerful God, you can’t help but worship Him!!

--The story of Moses

God showed up in the life of Moses in a special, powerful way. Moses was tending to Jethro’s flock and there, God grabs the attention of Moses. God shows Himself in the form of a burning bush that never becomes consumed! So Moses does what any of us would do in his position - He investigates closer. As Moses approached the bush, he heard a voice say to him: STOP! IT WAS THE VOICE OF GOD!


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