Summary: It is difficult to experience correct worship in our "head" oriented society. We need to develop a "heart" and "head" centered approach for genuine worship
Worship – Vision 1
Today I want to ask you about the state of your heart
Not your physical heart, but your heart as the seat of emotion, that part of us that generates our feelings, our enthusiasm, our inspiration, our motivation
The state of our hearts is very important to God because it is the heart that reflects what is important in our lives
Over the centuries, God has taken exception to insincere hearts
He lamented the fact that the Israelites didn’t have an obedient heart Deut 5:29 Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!
He criticised the Pharisees for the hardness of their hearts – Mark 3:5 And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.
He even criticised the disciples for their hard hearts – Mark 16:14 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.
And in Rev 3:15 Jesus criticises the NT Laodicean church because they had allowed hearts that were once on fire to become lukewarm
Hot water is useful, cold water is useful, but lukewarm water doesn’t serve any purpose
So we see heart problems cropping up in all ages of the church
God is very concerned with the spiritual state of the hearts of his children
It is our hearts that let’s God know how sincere we are about our Christianity
I would go as far to say, the state of our hearts is what makes or breaks our Christianity
In fact the type of heart we have is the determining factor that we have God’s Spirit in us
Ezekiel 36:26-27 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.27 “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
Today we are going to talk about Worship
As we discussed at our Café Church, worship is one of the five key reasons the church exists
What are the other four? Worship, Ministry, Evangelism, Fellowship, Discipleship
Of the five, worship is the most important
Its impossible to be a church without worship
Diagram – three aspects of a churches mission – Worship, Mission, Community
Another way of saying this is Upward, Inward, Outward
All three aspects need to be there in order for the church to be fulfilling its mission
If we only have two of the three we are not really a church
o If you just have Community and Mission without Worship you have a Community Service Organisation
o If you just have Worship and Mission without Community you have a para-church organisation