Sunday, April 06, 2008

Worship- Practicing the Christian Life

Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness; the nourishment of mind with His Truth; the purifying of imagination with His beauty; the opening of the heart to His love; the surrender of the will to His purpose - and all of this gathered up in adoration. Archbishop William Temple

Dr Keller

Ps 95- The vinete
Learn about worship
1. why we should
2. what it is
3. how do you do it

1. why we should worship
We are all created the same. Christians are filled sin. They are imperfect.
So many profess but don't allow their characters to be changed. We need a bridge between belief and character. Engage mind and emotions. Let that change you.
Illustration- if you want to move a rock you need to drill a hole and put the explosives in the middle and you can move the rock
2. what is worship
Use your entire being to ascribe ultimate Value to Someone. Worship drives your belief into your heart.
The Lord is the great God. The shepherd
Everyone builds their lives to something. Everyone worships. Worship = Worth shape. Being shaped by something that's worth something.
Illustration - woman gets mom's jewels. Leaves it lying around till she takes it to jeweler who finds it is priceless. He is shaped by the worth of it. She is shaped after he evangelizes her.
Everybody is shaped by the worth of something. If you really value God's approval other problems will become minor
3. how do you do it
A) Corporately only when you see a person with someone else. You will never know God unless you worship corporately. You can not be a changed life Christian without going to church
b) rhythmically worship. that changes you - not information only confession / offering
c) Rest- read Hebrews 4 rest from your works. Your works will not save you- only burden you- the gospel- Jesus Christ came and died for you. He is looking at you as God's treasured possession- when you realize that, you will worship Him. Your burdens will fall off. He aved you.

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