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Summary: DO WE COME TO CHURCH BECAUSE IT’S A HABIT? WE COME BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO. THE END RESULT IS THAT THE EVENT IS IMPORTANT, NOT WHAT WE ARE DOING AT THE EVENT. SO, WE SLOWLY AND INCREMENTALLY SLIP INTO A “GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS” KI

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WHAT’S UP WITH WORSHIP

INTRODUCTION: TRADITIONALLY, EVERY SUNDAY AFTER CHURCH OUR FAMILY OUT TO DINNER. THIS EVENT HAS BECOME HABITUAL; IT IS EXPECTED. IN FACT THERE IS ALMOST A MUTINY IF THERE IS EVEN THE HINT OF NOT GOING OUT. THE PLACE IS NOT IMPORTANT, THE EVENT IS IMPORTANT.

SOMETIMES, JUST LIKE WE SAW IN THE VIDEO, CHURCH GETS TO BE THE SAME WAY. WE COME BECAUSE IT’S A HABIT. WE COME BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO. THE END RESULT IS THAT THE EVENT IS IMPORTANT, NOT WHAT WE ARE DOING AT THE EVENT. SO, WE SLOWLY AND INCREMENTALLY SLIP INTO A “GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS” KIND OF ACTION. RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS REDUCES DOWN TO RITUAL WITH JESUS.

THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT JESUS IS DEALING WITH IN OUR PASSAGE TODAY, THE SLIDE FROM TRUE DEVOTION AND WORSHIP INTO RITUAL AND EVEN DENIAL.

SO, IN OUR TIME TOGETHER THIS MORNING, I WOULD LIKE TO LOOK AT TWO THINGS THIS YOUTH SUNDAY – THE PROBLEM WITH WORSHIP TODAY AND THE NEED FOR WORSHIP TODAY

I. THE PROBLEM WITH WORSHIP

a. IT IS A UNIVERSAL PROBLEM

i. WAS A PROBLEM IN THE TIME OF JESUS

ii. HAS BEEN A PROBLEM IN THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH – THAT IS WHY WE HAVE SEEN REVIVAL SWEEP THROUGH THE CHURCH AND IN A MIGHTY FASHION USHER IN A WHOLE NEW ASPECT OF FOLLOWING CHRIST

iii. IT IS A PROBLEM TODAY.

1. WORSHIP IS DEAD OR DYING IN MANY CHURCHES

2. THERE HAS BEEN A RESISTANCE TO FIND ANY COMMON GROUND BETWEEN GENERATIONS IN WORSHIP

3. EACH THINKS THAT THEY HAVE A LOCK ON WORSHIP

4. THE RESULTS ARE DISASTROUS

b. IT IS A HYPOCRITICAL PROBLEM

i. JESUS ACKNOWLEDGED THE AUTHORITY AND CORRECTNESS OF THE TEACHING OF THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS OF HIS DAY

1. “SIT IN MOSES’ SEAT”

2. OBEY THEM AND DO EVERYTHING THEY TELL YOU

ii. JESUS ALSO SAID THAT WE WERE NOT TO FOLLOW WHAT THOSE SAME LEADERS WERE DOING

1. THEIR PRACTICE DID NOT FOLLOW THEIR TEACHING

2. THEY WERE VISIBLY HYPOCRITICAL PEOPLE

IN CASE YOU HAVE BEEN HIDING UNDER A ROCK, THE CHARGE OF BEING HYPOCRITES HAS BEEN LEVELED AT BELIEVERS AND THE CHURCH ON A CONSTANT BASIS. WHAT IS SO DIFFERENT HERE IS THAT THE HEAD OF THE BODY – JESUS IS CALLING OUT THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS OF HIS DAY ON THEIR HYPOCRISY!

3. WHETHER YOUNG OR OLD, WE HATE HYPOCRISY, AND WHEN CONFRONTED WITH IT, WE WILL SIMPLY REMOVE OURSELVES FROM IT.

WE WONDER WHY OUR CHURCHES ARE IN TROUBLE – THE ISSUE OF HYPOCRISY IS PROBABLY AT THE FOREFRONT. IT WAS THE PROBLEM IN JESUS’ DAY, AND IT IS A PROBLEM IN OURS.

ONE THING ABOUT HYPOCRISY IS THAT THE CLOSER YOU ARE TO THE ISSUE THE LESS YOU SEE IT.

THE PHARISEES COULD NOT SEE IT. IN FACT THEY WERE DILIGENT EVANGELISTS FOR THEIR CAUSE, YET JESUS WOULD TELL THEM THAT THE RESULT OF THEIR EFFORTS WAS TO MAKE A CONVERT TWICE AS BAD AS THEY WERE – Matt 23:15

Matthew 23:15 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.

JUST THINK FOR A MOMENT, HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET TO A SPIRITUAL POINT OF NO RETURN?

c. THE CHARACTERISTICS OF RITUAL WORSHIP


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