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The Purpose of The Church- Worship

  1. 1. <ul><li>The Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>of </li></ul><ul><li>The Church </li></ul><ul><li>“ Worship” </li></ul>Jeffery Anselmi
  2. 2. Purpose Driven Church <ul><li>What drives a church? </li></ul><ul><li>Some are tradition driven </li></ul><ul><li>Some are personality driven </li></ul><ul><li>Some are Financially driven </li></ul><ul><li>Some are Program driven </li></ul><ul><li>Some are building driven </li></ul><ul><li>Some are Event driven </li></ul><ul><li>Some are Seeker driven </li></ul><ul><li>What drives this church? </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The starting point for every church should be the question, </li></ul><ul><li>“ Why do we exist?” </li></ul><ul><li>Until we know what our church </li></ul><ul><li>exists for, we have </li></ul><ul><li>no foundation, </li></ul><ul><li>no motivation, </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>no direction for ministry. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The Church needs to </li></ul><ul><li>define its purpose; </li></ul><ul><li>This must start from God’s word. </li></ul><ul><li>We can look at what Jesus said, and the examples in the New Testament. I believe that there are four basic questions that we have to answer </li></ul><ul><li>as a church. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>1 Why does the Church exist? </li></ul><ul><li>2. What are we to be as a church? </li></ul><ul><li>(Who and what are we?) </li></ul><ul><li>3. What are we to do as a church? </li></ul><ul><li>(What does God want done in the world?) </li></ul><ul><li>4. How are we to do it? </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The way we answer these questions will tell us how to function as a church. If we do not answer these questions, we will just stumble around with no true purpose of what we do. I want to use Acts 2:42-47 for the main text for these next five lessons In this passage, we can find the essential purposes of the church. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Acts 2:42 NET They were devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Reverential awe came over everyone, and many wonders and miraculous signs came about by the apostles. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>44 All who believed were together and held everything in common, 45 and they began selling their property and possessions and distributing the proceeds to everyone, </li></ul><ul><li>as anyone had need. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>46 Every day they continued to gather together by common consent in the temple courts, breaking bread from house to house, sharing their food with glad and humble hearts, 47 praising God and having the good will of all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number every day those who were being saved. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>The first Purpose of the church that I want to look at is Worship. ACT 2:42 </li></ul><ul><li>They were devoting themselves </li></ul><ul><li>… .. to the breaking of bread </li></ul><ul><li>and to prayer …… </li></ul><ul><li>ACT 2:47 praising God ….. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>This passage gives us some of the elements of worship, some of the things that they did. Let us look at the </li></ul><ul><li>nuts and bolts of Worship. </li></ul>
  12. 12. WHAT IS WORSHIP? <ul><li>Strongs #G4352 </li></ul><ul><li>προσκυνέω </li></ul><ul><li>proskuneō pros-koo-neh'-o </li></ul><ul><li>From G4314 and probably a derivative of G2965 (meaning to kiss , like a dog licking his master’s hand); to fawn or crouch to , that is, (literally or figuratively) prostrate oneself in homage ( do reverence to, adore ): - worship. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>With this definition in mind let’s notice a woman worshiping Jesus. </li></ul><ul><li>Luke 7:36 NET Now one of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went into the Pharisee's house and took his place at the table. 37 Then when a woman of that town, who was a sinner, learned that Jesus was dining at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfumed oil. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>38 As she stood behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. She wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfumed oil. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, &quot;If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.&quot; </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Jesus proceeds to tell a parable of a creditor who forgave two debtors. One owing 500 coins </li></ul><ul><li>and the other 50 coins. </li></ul><ul><li>Luke 7:44 NET Then, turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, &quot;Do you see this woman? I entered your house. You gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>45 You gave me no kiss of greeting, but from the time I entered she has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with perfumed oil. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which were many, are forgiven, thus she loved much; but the one who is forgiven little loves little.&quot; </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>to kiss , like a dog licking his master’s hand); to fawn or crouch to , that is, (literally or figuratively) prostrate oneself in homage ( do reverence to, adore ): - worship. “ weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. She wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfumed oil.” This woman fulfilled every aspect we find in Strong’s definition of Worship. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>When you hear the word “Worship”, </li></ul><ul><li>what images does it bring to mind? </li></ul><ul><li>Singing, prayer, giving, works? </li></ul><ul><li>There are a lot of </li></ul><ul><li>false views about what worship is. </li></ul><ul><li>We think that it is coming to </li></ul><ul><li>church, or singing songs, </li></ul><ul><li>maybe sacrificing something. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>These all may be a part </li></ul><ul><li>of worship, but </li></ul><ul><li>those actions miss the </li></ul><ul><li>essence of what worship is. </li></ul><ul><li>Mark 12:28 NET Now one of the experts in the law came and heard them debating. When he saw that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, &quot;Which commandment is the most important of all?&quot; </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>29 Jesus answered, &quot;The most important is: ' Listen, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength .' </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>This passage catches the essence of what it means to worship. We can do all the right things, but if we do not do this first, then what we are doing is not worship. Sunday morning is the time that people who love the Lord Jesus come together to express that love as a group. </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Exodus 20:3 NET &quot;You shall have no other gods before me. </li></ul><ul><li>True worship happens when we put God first in our lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Romans 12:1 GW Brothers and sisters, in view of all we have just shared about God's compassion, I encourage you to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, dedicated to God and pleasing to him. This kind of worship is appropriate for you. </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Rick Warren in his book </li></ul><ul><li>“The Purpose Driven Church” </li></ul><ul><li>states the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Worshiping God is the Churches 1st purpose- Sometimes we get so busy working for God, we don’t have time to express our love for Him through worship. </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Worship is not something that we can make people do, it is something that is a natural outflow of a life lived for Jesus. Whatever is outward in worship must come as a direct result of what is inward-otherwise, it will be form without power. </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Matthew 4:10 NET Then Jesus said to him, &quot;Go away, Satan! </li></ul><ul><li>For it is written: </li></ul><ul><li>' You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only him .' &quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Notice in this passage that </li></ul><ul><li>worship comes before serve ! </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Romans 1:25 NET They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. </li></ul><ul><li>Notice worshiped before served . </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>God wants worshipers before workers; indeed the only acceptable workers are those who have learned the lost art of worship. . . . The very stones would praise him if the need arose and a thousand legions of angels would leap to do his will. </li></ul><ul><li>A. W. Tozer (1897-1963) </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Matthew 15:1 NET Then Pharisees and experts in the law came from Jerusalem to Jesus and said, 2 &quot;Why do your disciples disobey the tradition of the elders? For they don't wash their hands when they eat.&quot; 3 He answered them, &quot;And why do you disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition? </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>4 For God said, ' Honor your father and mother ' and ' Whoever insults his father or mother must be put to death .' 5 But you say, 'If someone tells his father or mother, &quot;Whatever help you would have received from me is given to God,&quot; 6 he does not need to honor his father.' </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>' You have nullified the word of God on account of your tradition. 7 Hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied correctly about you when he said, 8 ' This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me, 9 and they worship me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. ' &quot; </li></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li>Worship happens when we surrender ourselves to God. When Jesus is worth enough to us to be put first in our lives, then we will be able to come together and praise Him together. Our lives will be a fragrant aroma to God. </li></ul>
  32. 32. <ul><li>Isaiah 6:1 NET In the year of King Uzziah's death, I saw the sovereign master seated on a high, elevated throne. The hem of his robe filled the temple. 2 Seraphs stood over him; each one had six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and they used the remaining two to fly. </li></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><li>3 They called out to one another, &quot;Holy, holy, holy is the Lord who commands armies! His majestic splendor fills the entire earth!&quot; 4 The sound of their voices shook the door frames, and the temple was filled with smoke. 5 I said, &quot;Too bad for me! I am destroyed, for my lips are contaminated by sin, and I live among people whose lips are contaminated by sin. </li></ul>
  34. 34. <ul><li>My eyes have seen the king, the LORD who commands armies.&quot; 6 But then one of the seraphs flew toward me. In his hand was a hot coal he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, &quot;Look, this coal has touched your lips. </li></ul>
  35. 35. <ul><li>Your evil is removed; your sin is forgiven.&quot; 8 I heard the voice of the sovereign master say, &quot;Whom will I send? </li></ul><ul><li>Who will go on our behalf?&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>I answered, </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Here I am, send me!&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize who God is </li></ul><ul><li>and who we are, </li></ul><ul><li>then serve. </li></ul>
  36. 36. WHAT IS THE OBJECTIVE OF WORSHIP? <ul><li>The objective of our worship </li></ul><ul><li>is to magnify God. This is why worship cannot happen in a life that is not surrendered to God. </li></ul><ul><li>We magnify either God </li></ul><ul><li>or ourselves by the </li></ul><ul><li>way we live our lives. Psalms 34:3 NET </li></ul><ul><li>Magnify the LORD with me! </li></ul><ul><li>Let's praise his name together! </li></ul>
  37. 37. <ul><li>The things that we do in a “worship” service are intended to magnify God. The music, communion, prayer, preaching. Jesus told us that when we partake, we are to remember Him. The actions that come from one who has not surrendered their lives to Jesus are not worship. </li></ul>
  38. 38. <ul><li>Matthew 6:1 NET &quot;Be careful not to display your righteousness merely to be seen by people. Otherwise you have no reward with your Father in heaven. </li></ul><ul><li>Pharisee’s wanted people to see them. We want to bring glory, honor, and praise to our </li></ul><ul><li>Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! </li></ul>
  39. 39. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WORSHIP? <ul><li>This is the question that we always ask, “what is in it for me?” One benefit is that the church grows stronger through worship. </li></ul><ul><li>The focus is on God instead of us. </li></ul><ul><li>We are looking to further </li></ul><ul><li>God’s agenda and not </li></ul><ul><li>our own personal one. Worship gives us power to live on. </li></ul>
  40. 40. <ul><li>When the T.V.A. system created Watauga Lake in 1948, it buried the old community of Butler, Tennessee. In 1983, the water had to be lowered to repair the dam. Thousands of people waded through the mud to see where their homes once stood and to relive memories of the past. </li></ul>
  41. 41. <ul><li>Worship lets us relive memories of the past—not only our own personal past, but the collective past of all the believers who have gone before us. But worship is more than sentiment or nostalgia. Worship looks to the future to inspire us to better deeds and better lives.  Robert C. Shannon, 1000 Windows, </li></ul><ul><li>(Cincinnati, Ohio: Standard Publishing Company,) </li></ul>
  42. 42. <ul><li>We will experience personal growth. Calvin Coolidge said, </li></ul><ul><li>“ It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow.” We will experience fulfillment. Worship is the highest and noblest act that any person can do. </li></ul><ul><li>When men worship, </li></ul><ul><li>God is satisfied! </li></ul>
  43. 43. <ul><li>And when you worship, you are fulfilled! Think about this: why did Jesus Christ come? He came to make worshipers out of rebels. We who were once self-centered have to be completely changed so that we can shift our attention outside of ourselves and become able to worship him. (Raymond C. Ortlund) </li></ul><ul><li>In worship we will be stimulated. </li></ul>
  44. 44. <ul><li>Have you really thought </li></ul><ul><li>about why we are here? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you really given any thought to the purpose of the church? One of the purposes of the church </li></ul><ul><li>is to worship. Worship will not happen unless we have placed Jesus first in our lives Worship is the outflow of a life that is lived for Jesus! </li></ul>
  45. 45. <ul><li>Are you here today to worship? Does your worship seem empty to you? Are you looking for more? Many times it is not that we need to find something new to excite us, but we need to surrender ourselves to Jesus. If you find that you cannot worship, </li></ul><ul><li>maybe you need to surrender more of yourself to Jesus. Today we give you that opportunity. </li></ul>