Summary: Only when we realize who we worship can we truly worship our God.
Genesis 22: 1-19
Intro: Jim Dunn was serving as the pastor of the First Baptist Church, and his wife, Gladys, was very friendly and welcoming to people. One particular Sunday when the sermon seemed to go on forever, many in the congregation fell asleep. After the service, to be sociable, she walked up to a very sleepy looking gentleman. In an attempt to revive him from his stupor, she extended her hand in greeting, and said, "Hello, I’m Gladys Dunn."
To which the gentleman replied, "You’re not the only one!"
. Sadly, many who come to church these days have the same attitude
. They are just glad the service is over and they can, as a friend of mine says, get on about their rat killing.
. A parable is told of a community of ducks waddling off to duck church one Sunday to hear their duck preacher. After they waddled into the duck sanctuary, the service began and the duck preacher spoke eloquently of how God had given the ducks wings with which to fly. He pounded the pulpit with his beak and said, with these wings, there is nowhere we ducks can not go! There is no God-given task we ducks cannot accomplish!
With these wings we no longer need walk through life.
We can soar high in the sky! Shouts of Amen!¨ were quacked throughout the duck congregation. The duck preacher concluded his message by exclaiming, With our wings we can fly through life!
WE......CAN.....FLY!!!!¨ more ducks quacked out loud AMENS! in response.
Every duck loved the service.
In fact all the ducks that were present commented on what a wonderfully convicting message they had heard from their duck preacher....
and then they left the church and waddled all the way home.
.Too often We waddle away from worship the same way we waddled in....Unchanged.
. We are back into our core values this morning.
. Last week we looked at Bible knowledge and Obedience.
. This week we will look at Worship.
. We defined worship as: surrendering our all to honoring and glorifying God.
. Wikipedia defines worship as: Worship is an act of religious devotion usually directed towards a deity. The word is derived from the Old English worthscipe, meaning worthiness or worth-ship — to give, at its simplest, worth to something.
. This means that our core value says that we are ascribing worth to God when He is worshiped.
. In order to worship something or someone they have to have worth.
. We arte stating that we believe that the Judeo Christian God, the God of creation, is worth our devotion.
. In order for us to truly worship, we need to understand what true worship is.
. Charles Stanley said this about worship. “I believe that most Christians in most churches have never worshiped God. We go to church, but we don’t worship. We sing songs, but we don’t worship. We listen to sermons, but we don’t worship. All of these things are elements of worship but they are not worship in and of themselves which means that you can do all of them and yet have failed to truly worship God. We Christians often mistake the means of worship for worship itself.”