Summary: One of the purposes of the church is to Worship God
Purpose Driven Church. What drives the church? Are we tradition driven? Are we personality driven? Financially driven? Program or building driven? Event driven? Seeker driver?
Explain the reason for having a purpose.
The starting point for every church should be the question, “Why do we exist?” Until we know what our church exists for, we have no foundation, no motivation, and no direction for ministry.
The Church needs to define its purpose; this must start from God’s word. We can look at what Jesus said, and the examples in the New Testament.
I believe that there are four basic questions that we have to answer as a church.
1. Why does the Church exist?
2. What are we to be as a church? (Who and what are we?)
3. What are we to do as a church? (What does God want done in the world?)
4. How are we to do it?
The way that we answer these questions will give a context from which to function from as a church.
If we do not answer these questions, we will just stumble around with no true purpose to what we do.
I want to use Acts 2:42-47 for the main text for these next five messages
In this passage, we can find the essential purposes of the church.
READ ACTS 2:42-47
The first Purpose of the church that I want to look at is Worship.
One of the purposes of the church is Worship.
This passage gives us some of the elements of worship, some of the things that they did.
Let us look at the nuts and bolts of Worship.
I. WHAT IS WORSHIP?
A. When you hear the word “Worship”, what images does it bring to mind? Singing, prayer, giving, works?
B. There are a lot of false views about what worship is. We think that it is coming to church, or singing songs, maybe sacrificing something.
C. These all may be a part of worship, but those actions miss the essence of what worship is.
D. READ MARK 12:28-30
E. This passage catches the essence of what it means to worship. We can do all the right things, but if we do not do this first, then what we are doing is not worship. Sunday morning is the time that people who love the Lord Jesus come together to express that love as a group.
F. EXO 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before Me. True worship happens when we put God first in our lives. TALK ABOUT OTHER GODS.
G. ROM 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
H. Rick Warren in his book “The Purpose Driven Church” states the following: Worshiping God is the Churches 1st purpose- Sometimes we get so busy working for God, we don’t have time to express our love for Him through worship.
I. Worship is not something that we can make people do, it is something that is a natural outflow of a live lived for Jesus.
Whatever is outward in worship must come as a direct result of what is inward-otherwise, it will be form without power.
J. MAT 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”
Notice in this passage that worship comes before serve!
ROM 1:25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. Notice worship before service.
God wants worshipers before workers; indeed the only acceptable workers are those who have learned the lost art of worship. . . . The very stones would praise him if the need arose and a thousand legions of angels would leap to do his will. A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)
READ MATTHEW 15:1-9
K. Worship happens when we surrender ourselves to God. When Jesus is worth enough to us to be put first in our lives, then we will be able to come together and praise Him together. Our lives will be a fragrant aroma to God.
L. READ ISAIAH 6:1-8 Recognize who God is and who we are, then serve.
II. WHAT IS THE OBJECTIVE OF WORSHIP?
A. The objective of our worship is to magnify God.
B. This is why worship cannot happen in a life that is not surrendered to God. We magnify either God or ourselves by the way we live our lives.