Seven Words of Worship-Harland & Moser-Jan. 16, 2013

Seven Words of Worship-Harland & Moser-January 16, 2013

Week 2-Creation-January 16, 2013

Points to Ponder

  • God created us in His image so that we might have a relationship with Him and fulfill His purpose on the earth.
  1. “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness’” (Gen. 1:26).  And the rest of the biblical story-from Genesis to Revelation-affirms that we are the embodiment of the image of God.
  2. Our role is to respond to His revelation with worship as we fulfill our purpose, both individually and corporately.

a)      Purpose precedes creation

b)      Purpose determines design

c)      Our purpose coincides with our gifts and abilities

d)     Our purpose is defined in our nature

e)      Our purpose requires a disciplined response.  (I Tim. 4:14, 15)

  • God inhabits the praises of His people-He will always meet us there.
  1. God chose to speak many things into existence, but He chose to speak to man-and an eternal relationship was formed.  All the efforts of the Creator were made for their benefit and He actually chose to dwell there with them.  God’s desire was to provide a wonderful place for Adam and Eve.
  2.  God provided everything Adam and Eve needed and He has provided everything we need to fulfill our purpose in ministry.
  3. Their improper response to God’s revelation made His presence frightening (Gen. 3:8).
  4. We were created to respond to God’s revelation with worship, which is our show of “religious reverence and intense love or admiration” for God alone.
  5. We can always identify what is “first and foremost” in our lives by taking a hard look at what attracts our attention the most.
  • Worship requires faith, and God always responds to faith-filled worship.
  1. Step out on faith (Gen. 12:1-4).
  2. Belief leading to righteousness (Gen. 15:1-6).
  3. The first mention of the word worship in the Bible is found in Genesis 22:5.  In the natural, Abraham’s act of worship could cost him everything-his hope, his future, his promise from God Himself.  Surely Abraham experienced a crisis of belief!  Surely he had his doubts.  But Abraham knew by faith that he and Isaac would be back.  He had had a revelation of God, and he knew his God would not let him down!  Abraham’s worship-his act of obedience-was in direct response to that revelation.
  4. The word for worship shachah is used more than 100 times in the Old Testament, and it provides a picture of someone bowing, kneeling, stooping, or prostrating on the ground before God-the one who is lesser responding to the One who is clearly greater.
  5. Worship is not always easy and often costs the worshiper a great deal, yet the reward is great:  we bear much fruit, prove to be Jesus’ disciples, and glorify our Father (John 15:5-8).
  • Spending time with God to gain revelation is essential for worship.  (Moses & Hebrews)
  1. God had called them to Himself, and now He was telling them how they were to live within the freedom He had given them.  They were created for God’s purpose-to worship Him and dwell in His presence forever-and so are we.
  2. We still need to be reminded today that God is “the Lord our God” because we, too, face so many distractions.  The allure of other gods is all around us.  Every form of communication and entertainment is calling us to worship something or someone other than the true King of kings.
  3. The only way to understand who God is and what He has done is to spend time in His presence.  Unless we position ourselves to hear from God, we can receive no revelations from Him.  And without revelation, our worship will be hindered.
  4. It is in God’s presence that we really come to know Him-and ourselves.  God makes many precious promises to His children throughout Scripture, and their value to our lives is based on our ability to believe all He had promised.  But how can we believe One we do not know?  It’s impossible!
  •  God is in us and among us, and His presence is available every time we worship Him.
  1. King David is regarded as a great warrior and king.  But perhaps he is best known for his role as a worshiper and worship leader.  God continually revealed Himself to David-in both the good times and the difficult times-and David’s response was worship (Ex. 29:45; 1 Chron. 15:1-3).
  2. Their lives depended upon their relationship with God.  There could be no true worship without relationship between the One being worshiped and the worshiper.  That was true in the Old Testament, and it is still true today.
  3. The mystery of the ages has been revealed:  God in us and among us.  And His presence is available every time we worship Him-wherever we may be (John 4:23-24).
  4. God sent Jesus to redeem us and make a way for us to enter God’s presence.  That Way is Jesus Himself- the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).
  5. When we are alone, we can still worship because He has chosen to dwell with us and in us.  This is the divine mystery that was hidden from the ages-Christ in us, the hope of glory!

Seven Words of Worship-Harland & Moser-Jan. 9, 2013

Seven Words of Worship-Harland & Moser-January 9, 2013

This is a several week study on worship.  I have compiled some notes to help us each week as we go.

Seven Words of Worship:  The Key to a Lifetime of Experiencing God

By Mike Harland and Stan Moser

 

Week 1-The Heart of Worship, January 9, 2013

Points to Ponder

  •   Worship is the key to experiencing God in our lives.
  1. John 15:5; John 14:19-20; 1 John 4:13-15
  2. Worship is our response to God’s revelation of who He is and what He has done.
  3. God has promised in Psalm 22:3 to inhabit the praises of His people, and God is always true to His promises.
  4. Worship invites God presence, enabling us to experience God in our lives.
  • Worship is our only reasonable response to God’s revelation
  1. How will we respond to who He is and what He has done?
  2. Who God Is:  Almighty God (Gen. 17:1); Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6); King of kings (Rev.19:16); Lord of all (Acts 10:36); Savior (1 Tim. 4:10); Redeemer (Titus 2:14); Counselor (John 14:26); Friend (Jas. 2:23); Healer (Isa. 53:4-5); Comforter (2 Cor. 1:3).
  3. What God Has Done:  Created the earth and everything in it (Gen. 1); Overcame the Enemy (Col. 2:15); Died for our faults and sins (Rom. 8:3-4); Chose to dwell with us and in us (John 16:7; 1 Cor. 6:19); Loved us with an everlasting love (John 3:16); Justified us (Rom. 5:18); Called us children/heirs (Rom. 8:16-17); Gave us new life (Rom. 6:4); Set us Free (Heb. 2:14-15); Forgave us (1John 1:9).
  •  We are free to worship God because of Jesus’ sacrifice.
  1. In our human condition, we are more inclined to turn our affections toward something or someone we can see, touch, understand, and control (Ex. 32:7-8).
  2. In this act of disobedience, they demonstrated not only their very deep, human need to experience the presence of God but also mankind’s natural inclination to meet that need in an illegitimate manner.
  3. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from the acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! Hebrews 9:14
  4. No one righteous (Rom. 3:10, 23); He became sin for us (2 Cor. 5:21); Disobedience and righteousness through one (Rom. 5:19); Free from sin, slave to righteousness (Rom. 6:18).
  5. Believing what God says more than what you think or feel is an act of your will.  You are free to worship God because Jesus paid the price for your transgressions. You are free to worship because He says you are!  No matter what you have been or what you have done, His sacrifice is always sufficient.
  6. As a believer, no sin you commit-past, present, or future-can be held against you by the judge, since the penalty was paid in full by Christ and righteousness has been imputed to you.  You are free to worship Him without hesitation!
  • When we worship, God has promised to be present.
  1. Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:15; John 1:1, 14; John 16:13-15.
  2. Worship is our only reasonable response to God’s revelation!  And something wonderful happens as we worship:  we make a place for God to dwell in our midst.  When we worship, we actually invite the presence of God to be manifest among us: Psalm 22:3.
  3. Abraham spends time worshipping God: Gen. 12:7; 13:14-15; 15:4-6, 18;17:1-3; 18:1
  4. The Glory of the Lord (2 Chronicles 5:13-14).
  • Learning to experiencing God in worship is a process that can be aided by seven simple words:  Creation, Grace, Love, Response, Expression, Presence, and Experience.
  1. Humbly serving God (1 Cor. 3:8-9).
  2. Creation-anything caused to come into existence; made, originated
  3. Grace-undeserved goodwill or favor
  4. Love-a strong, passionate affection for someone or something
  5. Response-something said or done in answer or reply
  6. Expression-putting into words, stating, or demonstrating
  7. Presence-the fact or state of being at a specified place
  8. Experience-the act of living through an event, anything and everything observed or lived through training and personal participation

Worship: The True Priority-Jan. 6, 2013

Worship:  The True Priority-January 6, 2013

Scripture:  Exodus 20:2-3; Matthew 22:36-38

As one year draws to a close and a new one begins New Year’s resolutions will be made and possible not kept, and there will be year-end lists.  You know all about these lists, they are the top ten this or top twenty that.  These lists are supposed to be a snapshot if you will in that specific area of the popular opinion.  One might ask if they are popular?  Advertisers seem to think so, just stand in line at any store and look at the magazines or tabloids and you will see lists of something every week.  It has become so popular that it even seems to be in our sermons as well.  Using creative alliteration and some stretching a bit all the points of that sermon begin with the same letter, and there are usually only three or four if you are lucky.

The scary part is how much weight or priority we give these lists of popular opinion.  God also has a “Top Ten” list known as the Ten Commandments.  This is a list not from the popular opinions of a culture that has set itself up as gods, but from God Himself.  When we speak of priorities we are making a value statement, we are talking about what we value.  The same is true with God and number one on His top ten list is…”You shall have no other gods before me.”  God is stating plainly that worshiping Him is the priority.  There is nothing more significant than giving God proper place in our hearts, our lives, our church, and our world.

The worship of God is priority, first and there is nothing else.  The true priority is God and His glory.  We would be remiss if we did not begin this year with worship.  Not just for what God has done, but rather because He is.  We today are confronted with the same general life questions as those during Jesus’ time.  Meaning of life type questions.  Struggling to sort out a world that is the way it is and where is God in the midst of it all?  Jesus became that presence of God in a physical way that we could see and know God personally through His Son Jesus Christ.  Jesus claimed to be God, and God said He was God, therefore Jesus is God, it is not subject to public opinion.  Being God Jesus is worthy of worship, honor, and praise, not for what He did, but for who He is.  The mistake in worship often times is to celebrate or worship because of blessings or the gifts of God.  Worship happens because He Is, not because He does.

When we see clearly God revealed to us worship is the only response.  Day-by-day think of the awe, power, presence, love, grace, mercy, splendor, glory, and to infinity the attributes of God will change who we are.  We need a clear picture of God to gain a better understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a church through worship and mission we are transformed.  All right relationship with God begin in genuine worship, which is in no way about me or you, but rather the one who is worthy, God.  Worship is what sets the church apart from any other organization.  It is the true priority for the person of faith and it is what we will be doing in eternity, perhaps we should begin setting it is the priority before we get there?

 

Worship!

Worship!

All across our country each year there are many who will look at the year or years gone by and take a mental, emotional, and perhaps a spiritual inventory of their lives.  It is these times of evaluation that people make a determination that the future will be different from the past, and that this year will be different.  Resolutions are made each New Year with the hopes of something better or a different outcome than the life that one has.  Some will stick to it and accomplish the goals set and enjoy the outcome, others will not be so fortunate and find themselves feeling guilty for the promises made and left unfulfilled.

At the beginning of this New Year 2013 I would like to invite you to come into the presence of God and worship.  Worship is not about what we receive but is about how we respond to what God has already given and who He is.  Worship may be the most basic Christian responsibility and perhaps the least understood.  Worship at one level is simple and basic, but it is also comprehensive and has far-reaching effects on the individual worshiper and the collective worship of God’s people.  Worship encompasses many things such as music, devotion, prayer, scripture, but is not limited to just one of those things.

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’” Hebrews 12:28-29

Do our lives include worship not just as a ritual but as something that brings life to us as individuals and as a body of believers?  Does our worship of God transform our lives?  Our God is a consuming fire, refining us into His glorious image and burning brightly as a beacon of hope in the world we live.  I pray that each of you will join us in January 2013 as we begin looking at worship as the theme on Sundays and Wednesdays.  Together we can grow to worship Him acceptably in spirit and in truth, and our individual lives and our time together will be life-giving, and life-sustaining.

Will you come and worship the giver of the unshakeable kingdom together with us this New Year?  All who will worship come let us draw near to the throne of grace.

God’s Blessings for the New Year!

Dec. 23, 2012-Christmas Candlelight and Communion

Christmas Candlelight & Communion

December 23, 2012

Adore Him-Kari Jobe-Video

Hymn 87-Joy to the World the Lord is Come

Mary Did You Know?-Karen Woodford

Lighting of the Christ Candle-The Heflin Family

Happy Birthday Jesus-Hollie Creasey

Hymn 118-What Child is This?

Born to Die-Bebo Norman-Video

Communion-Deacons & Congregation

Hallelujah, Light Has Come-Sarah Woodford

Scripture: John 8:12-Greg Soult

Receiving the Light of Christ-Congregation& Song(s)

Hymn 91-Silent Night, Holy Night (v.1)