Summary: Worship of God should include using our Gifts for His glory!
TITLE: WORSHIP FOR DUMMIES: A Wiseman’s guide for Worship!
TOPIC: THE PRAISING CHURCH!
OCCASION: Burnside Christian Church, February 17th, 2008
PROP.: Use the gift you’ve been given (spiritual gifts) as worship to God!
Good morning! Our Jr. Church age kids are dismissed for Jr. Worship. And would you please pass the attendance pad down the aisle you’re sitting in?
This morning, we are focusing on the topic of worship. I want to show you a movie clip to introduce things:
INTRODUCTION: SPIDER MAN 2: The Spiderman trilogy has quickly become one of my favorite series of movies. Spiderman 2 is probably the most interesting plot out of the three of them. Here is what it is about:
Peter Parker’s having a rough time. His double life as the super hero Spider-Man is having a devastating impact on his civilian life. Things are so bad he declares that he’s quitting and never putting on the suit again. However, he decides to use his gift / his power as he realizes that he is the only one who can stop the evil but brilliant scientist Dr. Otto Octavius who was transformed in an accident and becomes Dr. Octopus.
If you had Peter Parker’s gift….if you had THAT kind of power…would you use it to help others? What are you doing with your gift? Are you tired of using your gift?
The scripture I’ve chosen to introduce this morning’s message is a familiar one. I’ve chosen this text to introduce this morning’s message because it’s speaks so perfectly to us here at Burnside Christian Church. The month of February we are focusing on becoming the Praising Church! It’s our desire to worship God.
Definition of worship: My response of who God is and what God has done!
Keeping our definition of worship in mind, let’s turn to our introduction text:
10When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.
LESSON LEARNED FROM THE WISEMEN: PRESENT YOUR GIFTS!!!!
You see, the Wisemen were simply responding to Who God was and What God has done! Their response was to worship with gifts!
If you’re tired and weary of using your gift to help others, remember why you are using your gift. You are using your gift to worship God!
That is what I want you to do commit to today: USE YOUR GIFT IN WORSHIP TO GOD!
I want to start by having you consider the two questions in your bulletin:
1. If you had no restrictions and were free to get involved in any spiritual activity
or task, what would you like to do?
2. What does my church need?
If you are having trouble answering these two questions, don’t answer them just yet. Take time to really consider these questions. Pray about it for a while. Just focus on soaking this morning’s message in.
Let’s turn to our main text. It comes to us from:
1st Corinthians 12:1,4-6
1Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.