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.
- John 15:5; John 14:19-20; 1 John 4:13-15
- Worship is our response to God’s revelation of who He is and what He has done.
- God has promised in Psalm 22:3 to inhabit the praises of His people, and God is always true to His promises.
- Worship invites God presence, enabling us to experience God in our lives.
- Worship is our only reasonable response to God’s revelation
- How will we respond to who He is and what He has done?
- 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).
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:15; John 1:1, 14; John 16:13-15.
- 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.
- Abraham spends time worshipping God: Gen. 12:7; 13:14-15; 15:4-6, 18;17:1-3; 18:1
- 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.
- Humbly serving God (1 Cor. 3:8-9).
- Creation-anything caused to come into existence; made, originated
- Grace-undeserved goodwill or favor
- Love-a strong, passionate affection for someone or something
- Response-something said or done in answer or reply
- Expression-putting into words, stating, or demonstrating
- Presence-the fact or state of being at a specified place
- Experience-the act of living through an event, anything and everything observed or lived through training and personal participation