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Ernie Haase & Signature Sound - Step Into the Water [Live] https://youtu.be/3wZaItExbKk
The Florida Boys - When He Was On the Cross (I Was On His Mind) [Live] https://youtu.be/pebeyj3qfFQ
Since Jesus Came Into My Heart Congregational Hymn https://youtu.be/4HF8fvYAOU4 Victory in Jesus Congregational Hymn Listen to this congregational hymn given on June 7, 2017 • Temple Baptist Church in Powell, Tennessee https://youtu.be/n6J1jt8FN-I
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Our Great God and saviour we come before your presence in prayer with praise and worship for who you are. The mighty God the Everlasting Father, the one who has saved our souls and set us free from sin. We Thank you Lord God for your blessings and pray lord that your holy Spirit will guide us, direct us at this time and speak to our hearts. May those who do not know you lord, may they find the assurance of Salvation in you today. We give you all the Praise, and Honor, and Glory and majesty. In Jesus name amen.
************THE MESSAGE THIS MORNING ********
Talking about this message this morning, I spent 2 and 1/2 days at the Visalia, CA GREAT WESTERN FAN FEST where many of the greatest groups in Gospel music performed. What a blessing it was real worship and praise of the Lord. Later, I plan on sharing some of that music with you but lets talk about praising and worshiping the very one that saved our souls Jesus Christ. A theology of worship is a doctrine concerning the worship of God; a biblical theology of worship bases its teaching on what the Bible alone says.
Just as a biblical soteriology is based on the Bible’s overall teaching concerning salvation, a biblical theology of worship is based on the Bible’s overall teaching concerning the worship and adoration of God. Having a biblical theology of worship is important. Not everything that is called “worship” is actually worship, a lesson learned in the very beginning: both Cain and Abel brought sacrifices to the Lord, but “the Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor” (Genesis 4:4–5).
What was Cain’s problem (besides jealousy, stubbornness, and murderous rage)? He lacked a proper theology of worship. Cain brought an unacceptable sacrifice to the Lord and demanded that the Lord be pleased. The church that does not operate under the biblical theology of worship is in danger of failing to give God glory and failing to offer worship that is pleasing to Him. Worship is as misunderstood a doctrine as any other within the church. Contrary to popular belief, worship does not begin and end with the singing portion of our church services. Worship is also not limited to bowing in reverence before God.
To begin with, worship is determined by God Himself, not by our sincerity, pious feelings, or musical skill. Hebrews 12:28 says we must “serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear” (NKJV). The Greek word translated “serve” here is a form of a Greek word for worship and is used 21 times in the New Testament in the contexts of service and worship. Another form of the word worship is the Greek word therapeuo—from which we get the English word therapy—and this is most often translated “heal” in reference to the healing of others. In the New Testament, this word is seen in many passages involving Jesus’ healings.
Other Greek words translated “worship” are proskuneó, meaning “paying homage” (1 Corinthians 14:25); sebázomai, meaning “to render religious honor” (Romans 1:25); and sébomai, meaning “to revere or adore” (Acts 16:14). We see a form of the word sébomai used by Jesus in reference to vain, hypocritical worship of God (Matthew 15:9), implying that sometimes what we call “worship of God” is something else entirely.
The apostle Paul described true worship perfectly in Romans 12:1-2: “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable, or well pleasing and perfect.” This passage contains all the elements of true worship. First, there is the motivation to worship: “the mercies of God.” God’s mercies are everything He has given us that we don’t deserve: eternal love, eternal grace, the Holy Spirit, everlasting peace, eternal joy, saving faith, comfort, strength, wisdom, hope, patience, kindness, honor, glory, righteousness, security, eternal life, forgiveness, reconciliation, justification, sanctification, freedom, intercession and much more.
The knowledge and understanding of these incredible gifts motivate us to pour forth praise and thanksgiving—in other words, worship! Also in the passage is a description of the manner of our worship: “present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice.” Presenting our bodies means giving to God all of ourselves. The reference to our bodies here means all our human faculties, all of our humanness—our hearts, minds, hands, thoughts, attitudes—are to be presented to God. In other words, we are to give up control of these things and turn them over to Him, just as a literal sacrifice was given totally to God on the altar. But how? Again, the passage is clear: “by the renewing of your mind.” We renew our minds daily by cleansing them of the world’s “wisdom” and replacing it with true wisdom that comes from God. We worship Him with our renewed and cleansed minds, not with our emotions.
Emotions are wonderful things, but unless they are shaped by a mind saturated in Truth, they can be destructive, out-of-control forces. Where the mind goes, the will follows, and so do the emotions. First Corinthians 2:16 tells us we have “the mind of Christ,” not the emotions of Christ. There is only one way to renew our minds, and that is by the Word of God. It is the truth, the knowledge of the Word of God, which is to say the knowledge of the mercies of God, and we’re back where we began.
To know the truth, to believe the truth, to hold convictions about the truth, and to love the truth will naturally result in true spiritual worship. It is conviction followed by affection, affection that is a response to truth, not to any external stimuli, including music.
Music as such has nothing to do with worship. Music can’t produce worship, although it certainly can produce emotion. Music is not the origin of worship, but it can be the expression of it. Do not look to music to induce your worship; look to music as simply an expression of that which is induced by a heart that is rapt by the mercies of God, obedient to His commands.
True worship is God-centered worship. People tend to get caught up in where they should worship, what music they should sing in worship, and how their worship looks to other people. Focusing on these things misses the point. Jesus tells us that true worshipers will worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). This means we worship from the heart and the way God has designed. Worship can include praying, reading God's Word with an open heart, singing, participating in communion, and serving others. It is not limited to one act, but is done properly when the heart and attitude of the person are in the right place. It’s also important to know that worship is reserved only for God. Only He is worthy and not any of His servants (Revelation 19:10).
We are not to worship saints, prophets, statues, angels, any false gods, or Mary, the mother of Jesus. We also should not be worshiping for the expectation of something in return, such as a miraculous healing. Worship is done for God—because He deserves it—and for His pleasure alone. Worship can be public praise to God (Psalm 22:22; 35:18)
in a congregational setting, where we can proclaim through prayer and praise our adoration and thankfulness to Him and what He has done for us. True worship is felt inwardly and then is expressed through our actions. "Worshiping" out of obligation is displeasing to God and is completely in vain. He can see through all the hypocrisy, and He hates it. He demonstrates this in Amos 5:21-24 as He talks about coming judgment. Another example is the story of Cain and Abel, the first sons of Adam and Eve. They both brought gift offerings to the Lord, but God was only pleased with Abel's. Cain brought the gift out of obligation; Abel brought his finest lambs from his flock. He brought out of faith and admiration for God. True worship is not confined to what we do in church or open praise (although these things are both good, and we are told in the Bible to do them).
True worship is the acknowledgment of God and all His power and glory in everything we do. The highest form of praise and worship is obedience to Him and His Word. To do this, we must know God; we cannot be ignorant of Him (Acts 17:23).
Worship is to glorify and exalt God—to show our loyalty and admiration to our Father. Has Jesus Christ saved your soul? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THAT?
Where would you and I be without Jesus Christ? Had Jesus never come, never died on the cross or even rose from the dead we would still be in our sins. I know who I have believed in and the tomb is empty. To truly worship the Lord Jesus Christ, you have to know who he is.
DO YOU KNOW HIM? THE PRESENTATION IS FOR THOSE WHO DON'T. BUT DON'T MISS OUT ON THE MESSAGES IT PRESENTS TO ALL OF US.
The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26. Thank you for coming
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