Summary: The introduction to a series on worship.
Sermon # 1
“What Is Worship?”
Today we begin a series of three messages on worship. Today we are going to examine, “What is Worship?” In the next message we are going to belooking at, “Is Giving A Part of Worship?” The following Sunday we will complete our study with, “Your Participation in Worship.”
This morning I want us to face four questions concerning worship?
FIRST, WHAT DO YOU THINK IS WORSHIP?
I want you to close your eyes for a moment. Now what comes to your mind when I say the word, “WORSHIP.” For some of you it is the majestic sound of the organ sounding out one of the great hymns of the faith. For others it is the memory of standing in an open field at “One Day” with your hands raised, singing a modern praise and worship song. For some of you it produced a memory of the sound of thousands of men singing together at a “Promise Keepers” rally.
Some pictured pianos and organs, for others that picture expands to include guitars and drums. From some it is the sound of the old hymns that stir your heart, for others is the songs of groups like Third Day and “ .”
Did you notice that almost all of this discussion has focused on styles of music? But if I can be so bold, “The style of music does not determine whether or not you worshipped. In fact you can worship without any music.”
“Some of the purest forms of worship are found outside the walls of the church and have no reference to the God of all creation. All you have to do is drop in on a concert at that local arena or take in a sporting event at a nearby stadium to see amazing worship. People are going for it; lifting their hands, shouting with joy, … standing in awe, declaring their allegiance. Interestingly, those venues are filled with the same forms of worship mentioned in the pages of God’s word – the same expression of worship that God desires.” [Louie Giglio. The Air I Breathe. (Sisters: Oregon, Multnomah Pub., 2003) p. 12]
Did you know that according to George Barna the church statistician, “half of all church going adults say that they did not experience God’s presence in the last year. (THAT IS THEY DID NOT WORSHIP!) Two-thirds of the all church going adults cannot describe what worship is. Most Christians consider worship a secondary priority. A large majority think of worship as a Sunday morning event.” [George Barna. Seminar: Inward, Outward and Upward; Ministry that Transforms Lives. April 1999. p. 31}
SECONDLY, WHY IS WORSHIP S0 IMPORTANT?
Why Did You Come Here today? Many people come to church on Sunday for a time of spiritual refreshment. A time when the worries and concerns of the world, the struggle of the other six days of the week can be put aside and sense of peace can be regained. You have come to re-energize yourself, to gain strength from being in the presence of God with other believers and ready to go out into the world for another week.
Some of you came out of sense of duty. Coming to church is a part of your life and you just don’t feel right if you don’t do it. For some it is the one place in your life where there everything does seem to be in a turmoil.