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Bobby Stafford Teach Us To Worship   Worship February 20, 2011 Sunday AM Sermon

What does the church of Christ teach about worship?
What does the Bible say about worship?

John 4:21-24
21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
KJV

Introduction:

What does worship mean to you?  Is it a time to sit back and listen or a time to actively participate? 
Are you waiting to experience an emotional high without having to think about what you’re doing? 
Do you come prepared to worship Jehovah or do you expect others to get you prepared? 

We will see today that it does matter how we worship.  We must ask Christ to teach us what true worship is all about.

 True Worship:

  • Not all worship is “true worship”    Acts 17:22-23
  • Jesus described true worship to the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well.     John 4:21-24
  • Exercise both heart and mind.  The human heart with its emotions and
    attitudes must be involved.  Acceptable worship also includes worshipping
    according to the truth of God’s word as revealed by the Holy Spirit.

Two extremes are possible.

1.   Spirit without Truth

  • Worshipping idols can be emotional, but is false worship.  Isaiah 44:9, 18-20
  • It is very prevalent in the religious world to be all about feelings!
  • Many believe that if it gives me an emotional high or makes me happy, then God must approve of it.  Romans 10:1-2

2.   Truth without Spirit

  • One may do right outward acts for the wrong reasons, with wrong
    attitudes, insincerely, or arrogantly.
    It was thought that correct external worship would excuse greed and
    oppression.           Amos 8:4-5
  • To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down
    on everybody else, Jesus told the parable of the Pharisee and the tax
    collector.            Luke 18:9-14

Sacrificial Worship:

  • God has always desired His people to make sacrifices.  Today, instead of
    bringing to God the bodies of dead animals as sacrifices, Christians offer
    our bodies as “living sacrifices.”     Romans 12:1
  • Every Christian is a member of a holy priesthood.     I Peter 2:4-5
  • Christians offer the parts of our bodies as “instruments of righteousness.”     Romans 6:12-13
  • This idea of sacrifice has much to do with our worship together as Christ’s
    church – God’s family. 

Give God our best!

  • Prayer:  Listen carefully to words of the one leading prayer.  Meditate upon them.
  • Songs:  Honor God with your singing.  Show gratitude to the Lord.  Do not
    be dishonest to the words of the song.
  • Listening to God’s word:  Open our Bibles and follow along.  Allow the
    words to change us.  Desire to know God more fully.
  • Lord’s Supper:  Remember God’s Son, Jesus Christ, is with us.  Focus on
    what the bread and fruit of the vine truly mean.
  • Offering:  Gifts from a willing heart – significant enough to honor God.
    Show that He has first place in our lives.

I pray that you have seen that it does matter how we worship.  It is a privilege
and honor to those “born again.”

 Bobby Stafford

February 20, 2011


Lord each Us To Worship

 

Other sermons and lessons about Worship:

 
Worship:          

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Lesson

Audio

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Author

Teach Us To Worship     Bobby Stafford

Worship in Spirit and in Truth

 

    David Hersey
Lifting Holy Hands       Travis Main
True Worship       Don Cope
All Service to God is not Worship     Travis Main
What is the Meaning of Worship?       Bobby Stafford
Reverence in Worship       Bobby Stafford
Why Does the church of Christ Observe the Lord's Supper Weekly?  

    David Hersey
Lesson 1:  God's Patterns       

Richard Chambers

Lesson 2:  The Lord's Supper     Richard Chambers
Lesson 3:  The Crucifixion     Richard Chambers
Lesson 4:  Singing       Richard Chambers
Lesson 5:  The Silence of the Scriptures     Richard Chambers
Lesson 6:  Giving       Richard Chambers
Lesson 7:  Prayer     Richard Chambers
Lesson 8:  Preaching     Richard Chambers
Lesson 9:  Evangelism and the Jerusalem Church     Richard Chambers
Lesson 10:  Church Authority & Organization       Richard Chambers
Lesson 11:  Too Exclusive &/or Narrow Minded?       Richard Chambers

 


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