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Summary: Worship and being worship driven does not always imply music, instruments, singing or even the lifting of hands. To be worship driven for God means we honor God with our heart, mind, soul and our daily actions. It’s a matter of the heart to heart connect

Open worship service with video of Worship - the intro!

Series: We are here!

Sermon 1: We are here!

Summary: We are called to be a Spiritual Oasis in a dry parched weary land. We are called by God to be a church which distributes healing water to our community and to other Christians. We are to be a place that helps others to heal from the wounds of this world, this life and the wounds from other Christians. John 4:13-14: Jesus answered, Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

The new motto of our ministry is: "A place flowing with healing waters."

Thesis of the series: We are here in 2013 as a church and as Christian individuals to declare the message of Jesus and to bring in God’s heavenly harvest of souls. We are here to be the salt and the light of this world. To do this we must develop our 7 core values. Our seven core values are like our core muscles in our body they are there to prevent us from hurting ourselves, to give us stability, to help us keep our balance, they make it easier to do life’s daily tasks and they when strong help us to be healthy.

Our first core value is that we are Prayer focused!

Sermon 2: Prayer Focused!

Thesis: The church and all of us Christians should be prayer focused within our lives. Business should never choke out our prayer life instead we should be committed to prayer first. When we pray we discover God’s presence then we receive God’s power. The sequence I see in Scripture is Prayer-Presence-Power!

Our second core value is that we are Spirit empowered!

Sermon 3: Spirit Empowered

Thesis: Christian Hills Church recognizes that we need to be a Spirit empowered church which means we follow the leading and direction of the Holy Spirit. It also means we yield our hearts as individuals to the Holy Spirit so that the power of Holy Spirit flows through our lives into others lives. We will receive this power by getting our 7 core values into shape and practice in our church daily. We know the key to overcoming in this life is being spirit empowered in our life and church. We understand that flesh gives birth to fleshly things but the spirit gives birth to spiritual things.

Our third core value is we are worship driven!

Sermon 4: Worship Driven

Thesis: Worship and being worship driven does not always imply music, instruments, singing or even the lifting of hands. To be worship driven for God means we honor God with our heart, mind, soul and our daily actions. It’s a matter of the heart to heart connection with God not so much the outward actions we do. Worship can look very different for each person depending on their personality.

Worship is not always music!

Panel discussion: Question - What does it mean to be worship driven?

Panel: Beth, Dan, Ashley, myself! Ages 20’s-50’s!

Introduction:

Article from http://www.gotquestions.org/true-worship.html:

"True worship is God-centered worship. People tend to get caught up in where they should worship, what music they should sing in worship, and how their worship looks to other people. Focusing on these things misses the point."

Jesus tells us that true worshipers will worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). This means we worship from the heart and the way God has designed. Worship can include praying, reading God’s Word with an open heart, singing, playing and instrument, participating in communion, and serving others. It is not limited to one act, but is done properly when the heart and attitude of the person are in the right place.

It’s also important to know that worship is reserved only for God. The truth is we all worship something and this is why one of the Ten Commandments tell us to worship God alone because it is essential in our relationship with the Lord.

The article also adds:

Worship can be public praise to God (Psalm 22:22; 35:18) in a congregational setting, where we can proclaim through prayer and praise our adoration and thankfulness to Him and what He has done for us. True worship is felt inwardly and then is expressed through our actions. "Worshiping" out of obligation is displeasing to God and is completely in vain. He can see through all the hypocrisy, and He hates it. He demonstrates this in Amos 5:21-24 as He talks about coming judgment. Another example is the story of Cain and Abel, the first sons of Adam and Eve. They both brought gift offerings to the Lord, but God was only pleased with Abel’s. Cain brought the gift out of obligation; Abel brought his finest lambs from his flock. He brought out of faith and admiration for God.

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