Summary: this sermonwill help you understand what is worship
Worship John 4: 23, 24
I. What is worship?
To worship is
To quicken the conscience by the holiness of god,
To feed the mind with the truth of god
To purge the imagination by the beauty of god
To open the heart to the love of god
To devote the will for the purpose of god. William Temple
Worship is not a human invention rather it is divine offering.
Worth and ship = worthy of reverence and honor
When we worship we declaring God’s worth Rev 5 12-14
The biblical Term Kabod [Hebrew] translated glory means honor or weight of god.Isa.6.3
The N.T Term Doxa = glory = God is worthy of praise and honor Luke 2.14
Worship is as natural for man as it is for him to breathe.
Worship is to Christian what as engine to a car.
It is an absolutely indispensable part of Christian life
Worship is an act of honoring god because of his great worthiness to be honored.
1. Worship is celebration
Worship is essentially the celebration of the acts of god in history.
Covenant and redemption
Celebration of the victory of Jesus on the cross over
Satan and sin
Celebration of the manifestation of God’s power through the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Worship is practicing the presence of god in every experience
2. Worship is dialogue. Isia.6.1
Worship is both revelation and response
God take initiative in revelation and human kind response in worship.
Moses Ex.3.6 And he said, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God
John Rev.1.1717 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand upon me, saying, "Fear not, I am the first and the last, 1
Isaiah Isia.6.5And I said: "Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!"
Daniel 8.1818 As he was speaking to me, I fell into a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he touched me and set me on my feet
God revealed to worshippers through - Bible
- Holy Spirit
Human response through -words and music
- Celebration and dedication
Worship is more than conversation
It is also an encounter between god and man
You should have a new revelation about God when you are in His presence….
To realize His holiness and our ungodliness
Paul in Ephesians 3.8To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ
In 1Timothy 1.15 The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners;
See the journey from least saint to chief sinner .
When we His holiness we will realize our inadequacy , unworthiness
We tell him lord you are holy thank you for let me worship you.
The purpose of worship is not primarily to receive blessings from the Lord but make offerings to God.
OT People presented offering in the form of sacrifices
Psalm.96.8Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts! 9 Worship the LORD in holy array; tremble before him, all the earth
NT also emphasizes giving as central theme in worship.
Offer the gifts in sincere faith and total obedience
Worship is more than speech it is action, it is acting in the word of god in faith.
God has acted towards us so we have to act toward Him 1Pet.2.5, Heb.13.5
Worship is the offering of our total selves to god.
Outward gifts are results of inward dedication
The highest expression of giving is offering us to god.
Rom12.11 I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
V.5. Then Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the ass; I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you
Abraham a man on the way to worship not a man who is about to slay his son
Worship is a costly thing, ready to pay the price to participate in worship of such a god.