Oh Let Us Come and Worship the Lord (Part 4) The Purpose of Worship (Psalms 100:3)
Theme: To know God more intimately
Introduction: Effective and true worship begins with a hunger for God! The whole idea of our true worship of God is; to humble ourselves (bowing down), before our creator. To serve, honor, fear and adore Him. To appreciate His infinite worth! (Gen. 24:26, 27; Ex. 4:31; 12:27; Ps. 95:6; Mt. 2:2; 28:9; Rev. 4:10; 5:14; 11:16) Our true worship of God is something joy filled and to be done to the enjoyment of God Himself! (Ps. 89:15-16; 98:4-6; Lk. 1:46, 47; 1 Pe. 1:8) Our true Worship of God is both an attitude in which a person lives and an exercise he/she carries out! Today, I want us to focus our attention on the purpose for our worship because, in order for us to get a good handle on our true worship of God we must start with understanding…
Conclusion: This is the purpose of our worship; to know God, to experience Him, trust Him, Love Him, obey Him and enjoy our relationship with Him to the fullest! If this is your desire today (and I pray it is) we should all be praying, “Dear God, I want to experience You more fully each and every day of my life. As I worship You, help me to trust, obey, and experience You more and more. Show me any areas of sin in my life that are keeping me from fully experiencing You. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.”
Oh Let Us Come and Worship the Lord (Part 3) The Place Worship Comes From (Psalms 51:10)
Theme: Having a clean heart for worship
Introduction: Throughout the centuries the church has had periods of times when the church has lost it perspective on the true worship of God. What I mean by that is Worship has become dry, mundane and lost its meaning. “Meaning” as in, “What worship means, who it is about and where it comes from.” Today I want to focus on the place that the true worship of God comes from (which, is our heart). Just because we gather together, sing songs, read scripture, and say a-men, does not mean we have truly worshiped God or worshiped God, God’s way. In both the Old and New Testaments God indicted His people and the Pharisees for worshiping God with their mouth while something different was in their hearts (or while their hearts were far from Him). So we want to ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in Spirit and truth through God’s word to understand where the true worship of God comes from and how to do it God’s way.
Conclusion: Throughout the centuries the church has had periods of times when the church has lost it perspective on the true worship of God. So, it is imperative we get it back and we get it right! I pray that this will be your commitment to the Lord today.
Oh Let Us Come and Worship the Lord (Part 2) The Priority of Worship (John 4:23b – 24)
Theme: Coming to give our worship
Introduction: Our worship is a priority and important to God and it needs to be to us too. This is why it is important for us to understand what God’s word has to say about worshiping God, God’s way. The fact is, worship is so important to God that the first four of the Ten Commandments deal exclusively with our worship. We began our series by examining a conversation Jesus had with a woman at a well about worship. Jesus tells her and us, true worship of God has nothing to do with religion, denominations or tradition. True worship of God Involves more than just our heads and hands; it must come from our heart. And, Jesus told her and us…“The father is seeking… True worshipers: those who will worship Him His way; “…in Spirit and in truth.”
Conclusion: Our worship should never be boring, because we are celebrating, focusing on and honoring and giving ourselves in worship to the one who saved us for all of eternity!
Oh Let Us Come and Worship the Lord (Part 1) The Person We Worship (John 4:20-24)
Theme: Focusing on God’s worthiness to be worshiped
Introduction: Worship is one of those activities every sincere Christian knows he ought to be doing, and even wants to do. But we’re not always sure how to go about it. When it comes to worship God has some very clear things to say about who and how we should worship. In this short series, I want us to not only to hear what God has to say about worship. But, I also want us to decide whether to obey or disobey what the Lord says when it comes to worship. And, I want us to be clear about which choice we have made. To do this, we must learn some essentials about worship. I want to share three things that will help us understand who we worship and lead us to be a church that celebrates the true worship of God according to His word.
Look and listen one more time to the awesome statement Jesus made in (v.23) “…for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”God is looking for those who will make the decision truly worship Him, His way! That should be us!