7 Things We May Forget During Worship
It is Sunday noonish Listen carefully, as the some of the congregation leave from the church heading toward the parking lot and you'll hear it. It's a familiar conversation expressed close to the exit doors of the church doors.
"I did not get anything out of that sermon/worship." or, "I think the song is beautiful, but I didn't get any feels for it today."
Seem familiar? Have I heard it many times over twenty-five of worship participation in my Christian life?
But let us attempt to study this behavior and let us see if we can create a small difference where you and I can do something for the worship and serve to make it a better one. In fact, we might not have the capacity to help everyone at all, but it may have already been time well spent if we can bless one or two. From reading Dr. Joe McKeever's article, I have learned 7 things we may forget during the worship. I want to share with you here:
1. You could not assume to 'Get Everything" From the Service.'
Worship isn't about you and me. It is not about vocalist and performance from the choir and musicians, nor the sermon by the Pastor.
2. Worship is All About the Lord
That Psalms 29:2: Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
1 Chronicles 16:29: Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;
Psalms 96:8: Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts!
Above passages deserve us to look it carefully.
A) We're in the church to give instead of to get.
If I'm going someplace to "get," but find out on arriving, I'm expected to "give," then, I will surely be one of the disappointed men. Which is what's going on in the church service as well. Congregation walked out the door and frustrated because they did not "get" anything. The reason they did not get is that they weren't there to "give" in the first place.
B) We're giving glory to God, not to people.
Revelation 5:12: Saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”
3. Self-Centeredness Ruins All Worship
We intend to focus solely on ourselves. Getting my needs met, learning something new, and being lifted by the singing are all good things. But if my focus is on myself instead of Christ, then when I enter the church, I am still my own master, and the pastor (and all the other so-called performers) are there only to serve me. It is a self-centeredness mind.
The preacher has to take care and focus on many insatiable hunger folks during the worship service. Even to the most gifted and most efficient Godly pastor, it is an impossible job. The pastor does his best to get the message right. At the end of the sermon, he believes he has it all explained, but the congregation walks out grumbling about they got nothing from the worship service. What this thing had happened is all because of our self-centeredness mind.
4. Worship is about Evangelism, Discipleship, Praying, Giving and not the Other Way Around
The disciples were praying in the evening of Pentecost. Then the Holy Spirit stuffed them, and they went out to everywhere to preach the good news of Jesus. (Acts 2).
Isaiah was in great disturbed, but when God approached him, he forgave Isaiah's sins and named him a prophet for God's people (Isaiah 6).
It had been in the work of Lord that the two troubled disciples had their eyes exposed to identify Jesus at their desk (Luke 24).
5. We're to Provide Him Glory and Praise within the methods Bible Instructs
Psalm 51:17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
John 4:24: God is a spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
6. We're Those Who Decide How We Worship Upon Entering the House of God
If you do not get anything from the worship, do not blame your pastors as he can not do it for you.
No one can eat my food for me, love my cherished one like me, or do my worshiping for me.
7. Remember: Worship is a Verb
Worship is not a lecture on textual criticism, or an entertaining showcase for a gifted soprano, or a sweet weekly reunion of family and friends. Rather, real worship is a joyous celebration of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That's why worship is a verb.
God, in turn, talks to us and blesses us with healing and reviving. He touches us as we turn our hearts toward Him. We sincerely praise of God's great works.
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