Summary: In this message we will try to grasp what true worship is.
What is Worship?
Intro: Two young boys are walking down the street in downtown Indy. Out from an alley runs a Rottweiler and attacks one of the boys. The other boy grabs a 2x4 lying near the alley and beats the dog to death and saves his friend’s life. A reporter from the Indy Star gets wind of the story and requests an interview from the first boy. He runs the story on the front page and the headline reads: “Colts Fan Bravely Saves Friend’s Life From A Rabid Rottweiler.” The boy calls the reporter and says, “I’m not a Colts fan.” The reporter says, “Well, I just thought that since you are from Indy that you would be a Colts fan. I’ll correct the mistake in tomorrow’s paper.” The next day the front page reads: “Pacers Fan Bravely Saves Friend’s Life From Rabid Rottweiler.” The boy calls the reporter and says, “I’m not a Pacers fan either!” The reporter says, “Are you a fan of sports at all?” The boy says, “Yes. In fact, I am a die-hard Tennessee Titans fan.” The reporter agrees to note the change in the next day’s newspaper. The next day the front page reads: “Redneck Idiot Kills Faithful Family Pet!” That was his VIEWPOINT.
Everyone’s take on worship is different. Ask a Pentecostal; an Anglican; an Episcopalian; a Catholic; a Wesleyan/Methodist; ask young people; or older saints… However you define it; or whatever your take or viewpoint is; one thing is I think we would all agree on: we need to rediscover the dynamics of worship in our services once again. You can’t find deadness in worship anywhere in the Scriptures. We need a transforming experience from t/Lord; t/kind of spiritual visitation that will help heal our broken homes & heal our split churches; that will strip away our religious veneer & get us back to reality; that will restore true spiritual values & replace the cheap counterfeits we’ve created to take the place of God; and most of all, we need that which will bring glory to God that the world will sit up & take notice & confess that “God is truly among you” 1 Cor. 14:25.
A.W. Tozer said, "Worship is the missing jewel of the church." I believe that one of the problems in our church is that people do not have a biblical understanding of worship. As someone has well said of American Christians, "We have become a generation of people who worship our work, work at our play and play at our worship." When our worship grows stale, so does our passion for God. Worship is the furnace of the spiritual life.
I’m afraid too many come to church because it’s Sunday, rather than coming on Sunday to worship. Far too many of us come to get blessed, rather than to bless.
I. The What of Worship.
A. What Worship Is Not.
· Worship is not AN EVENT.
We call the AM service “Worship Service" but calling it that doesn’t ensure that we will worship. You can attend a worship service without worshipping. Jesus echoed the words of Isaiah when He said of the Jews of His day, "These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me" (Mt.15:8).