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Thirsty – Week 4

March 15, 2009

Church Worship?

Thoughts on Worship from Scott Hobbs and Damon Thompson

What is it that we worship? Who is this really all about?

Somewhere along the way, we’ve made it about us.

Music preference, personality, style centered church

What would our worship look like if we cared more about the opinion of Jesus than that of others and ourselves?

What if Jesus walked in the room right now?

Our Worship, our response would change!

We need a deeper revelation of what “Church” is all about. It has become song, sermon, program, feel good oriented.

Music is not worship and worship is not music. It’s about something much deeper.

Life change for God’s glory is what we are after. It is a relentless pursuit of God’s heart that requires our all.

It’s the way we live after the church service is the true worship. It is exchanging our lives for His day to day.

In 1 Chronicles 21:24, King David says that he won’t make an offering to God that cost him nothing.

Worship means to recognize one’s authority as higher than yours.

Praise means offering (a number of different forms are listed in scripture)

We need to recognize and submit to God’s authority and then make a sacrifice.

It will cost you. Worship costs.

It is also relative to where you are, not where you have been. What used to be costly may not be anymore.

Worship:

We need that exchange with God. All of who we are for all of who He is. GOOD DEAL!

It’s not about singing some songs to be close to God. The way it works is to make covenant with God which allows us to be intimate with Him and that will produce a life of worship.

1 Samuel 18:

Jonathan and David

Jonathan – Heir to the throne of King Saul

David – God’s pick to be King

They made a covenant. Jonathan and David made an exchange. They swapped places. Jonathan gave David his clothes and his inheritance.

We too must make an exchange with God to be close to Him and receive the life He designed us for.

2 Corinthians 5:21 – “God made him who had no sin to be sin[a] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Romans 13:14 – “Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Real worship – sacrifice – requires an exchange.

It starts with repentance – Isaiah “I am a man of unclean lips”, Woman caught in adultery, “Go and sin no more”

Continues in honesty and passion – John 4 “true worshippers in Spirit and in truth”. Disciples gave their all to Christ with whom they have made their covenant

Fulfills in a changed life that impacts others. Matthew 28 “Go ye therefore”

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