RENEWAL: DISCIPLINE OF WORSHIP ("Living in God's Holiness")

Sermon Date: 
Apr 08 2018
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SERMON NOTES - The below is a summary for your spiritual reflection and further study.

HEARING FROM GOD
Read Psalm 95:1-7; Romans 12:1-2; Hebrews 12:28-29,15:16-17
How is God speaking to you through these verses? (Write it down)

BORN AGAIN FOR WORSHIP

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth.” - John 4:21-24

I am convinced one of the indicators that witnesses the maturity of born-again – spirit-filled believers, is their heart’s desire and passion to be with God, to obediently live even sacrificially for God, and to be gathered with God’s people in holy-sacred-worship! Jesus told us that TRUE authentic worship the Father seeks comes from those living in SPIRIT and in TRUTH!

MAN'S RELIGION
Man’s religion is man’s initiative in seeking for something beyond themselves for their well-being. Christian worship is not something initiated trying to seek the unknown.

CHRISTIAN WORSHIP IS IN RESPONSE TO WHAT GOD HAS INITIATED AND MADE KNOWN TO US!

We worship, and give all our worth to God, because HE IS THE ONE WHO FIRST MADE HIMSELF KNOWN TO US! We love because God first loved us! He first rescued us! He first chased after YOU not wanting YOU to perish but for all to be saved! Our worship is not a means to initiate contact to some unknown foreign deity. Our worship is in RESPONSE TO THE REVELATION OF THE ONE TRUE GOD OF ALL CREATION - WHO IS FOUND IN OUR HISTORY, THROUGHOUT OUR HOLY SCRIPTURES, FOUND LIVING AMONGST US THROUGH PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST – GOD’S SON AND NOW FOUND LIVING WITHIN YOU!

We are deeply graced in God’s love to be able to enter into holy-sacred-worship with God – who is Spirit. Being “born again” birthed by the Holy Spirit, we have a NEW HOLY HEART within us for God! This is only possible through our faith and salvation in Jesus Christ who ESTABLISHED OUR NEW COVENANT WITH GOD AND UNLEASHED THE HOLY SPIRIT INTO OUR LIVES!

James Torrance states: “Christian worship is, therefore, our participation through the Spirit in the Son’s communion with the Father…” “If we take our eyes off Jesus Christ, the only one who can lead us by the Spirit into communion with the Father, do we not fall back on ourselves and our religious efforts…”

The former Anglican Archbishop William Temple explains how worship is “To quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, To feed the mind with the truth of God, To purge the imagination by the beauty of God, To open the heart to the love of God, To devote the will to the purpose of God.”

WORSHIP IS A CALLING FROM GOD & AND A LIVING SACRIFICE PLEASING TO GOD
Worship is a time for us to meet with our Holy God in Spirit and in Truth through Jesus Christ the Only one able to open the throne room of grace for us to enter into! The spiritual discipline of WORSHIP is placing your whole person – mind – body – soul under daily trust and obedience, while upholding a reverent holy heart filled with thanksgiving, adoration, and praises, to our MOST HOLY GOD (Rom. 12:1-2)!

LET’S COME READY TO WORSHIP AND WITNESS TO OTHERS THE STORY WE ARE TELLING; THE STORY OF GOD’S OUTPOURING OF LOVE AND GRACE WHO RESCUED US FROM THE PITS OF HELL THROUGH THE SACRIFICIAL LIFE AND BLOOD OF HIS SON JESUS CHRIST!

Timothy Keller writes, “...we are called not simply to communicate the gospel to nonbelievers; we must also intentionally celebrate the gospel before them.”

"Live to Worship & Worship to live!"
Pastor Trevor