Worship (3) Worship in Community: Roles & Expectations Good News Community Church June 15, 2008 Timothy Chan
<ul><ul><li>6/1 - God: The Author of Worship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6/8 - Acts of Worship: Biblical Models </li></ul><...
<ul><ul><li>What is your most favorite (or most special) day of the year? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What would you do on ...
<ul><ul><li>What is the purpose of the church &quot;Sunday worship service&quot;? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why do we nee...
Is This &quot;Church&quot;? Source:  http://asbojesus.wordpress.com/2007/11/06/231/
Is This &quot;Church&quot;? Source:  http://asbojesus.wordpress.com/2007/11/08/236/
Is This &quot;Church&quot;? Source:  http://asbojesus.wordpress.com/2008/05/30/475/
Is This &quot;Church&quot;? Source:  http://asbojesus.wordpress.com/2007/11/06/232/
Is This &quot;Church&quot;? Source:  http://asbojesus.wordpress.com/2007/12/04/296/
<ul><ul><li>When someone comes back from vacation, we would ask him/her: &quot;Did you have  fun ?&quot; So fun became the...
<ul><ul><li>We need to understand what our real expectations should be </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The church offers accept...
<ul><ul><li>Some NT terminologies describing the church: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Temple of God (1 Cor 3:16-17, 2 Co...
<ul><ul><li>OT: Temple is the central place of worship and the dwelling place of God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NT: God's ...
<ul><ul><li>The church building is not God's building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We are built upon the foundation of Chris...
<ul><ul><li>Christ is the head of the church </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We need to have unity in the &quot;one body&quot; ...
<ul><ul><li>1 Pet 2:4b-5  你們到他面前來,也就像活石,被建造成為靈宮,作聖潔的 祭司 ,藉著耶穌基督獻上蒙 神悅納的 靈祭 。 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Martin Luther prom...
<ul><ul><li>According to Robert Webber: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We Remember </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We ...
<ul><ul><li>God instructed Moses that they must tell of God's work and promises to their descendants and to their descenda...
<ul><ul><li>Greek word for remember ( anamnesis , e.g. Luke 22:19) means not only to remember but to recall in a way that ...
<ul><ul><li>Worship looks forward to God's promises being fulfilled in the future, and we look forward to God's ultimate t...
<ul><ul><li>We anticipate by proclamation and symbols (e.g. Advent) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Through anticipation, we re...
<ul><ul><li>We celebrate a past event/story (e.g. birthday, wedding, Christmas, etc.), and we have to know why we're celeb...
<ul><ul><li>Celebrations are held on special days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A celebration requires active participation f...
<ul><ul><li>Just as God called the people to worship, He also sent us forth to serve each other and serve in the world (e....
<ul><ul><li>&quot;We Remember&quot; in the Lord's Supper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Luke 22:19b “ 這是我的身體,為你們捨的,你們應當這樣行...
<ul><ul><li>&quot;We Anticipate&quot; in the Lord's Supper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Matt 26:29  我告訴你們,從今以後我必不再喝這葡萄酒,...
<ul><ul><li>&quot;We Celebrate&quot; in the Lord's Supper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Eucharist&quot; means &quot...
<ul><ul><li>&quot;We Serve&quot; in the Lord's Supper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Holy Communion&quot; implies fe...
Conclusion 1. God reveals Himself to us... 2. ... and we respond to God ... 3. ... as we minister to one another Source: &...
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  1. 1. Worship (3) Worship in Community: Roles & Expectations Good News Community Church June 15, 2008 Timothy Chan
  2. 2. <ul><ul><li>6/1 - God: The Author of Worship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6/8 - Acts of Worship: Biblical Models </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6/15 - Worship in Community (part 1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6/22 - Worship in Community (part 2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6/29 - Worship is an Instinct </li></ul></ul>Class Outline
  3. 3. <ul><ul><li>What is your most favorite (or most special) day of the year? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What would you do on that day? </li></ul></ul>A Special Day
  4. 4. <ul><ul><li>What is the purpose of the church &quot;Sunday worship service&quot;? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why do we need to worship God together as a group? </li></ul></ul>Your View of Corporate Worship
  5. 5. Is This &quot;Church&quot;? Source: http://asbojesus.wordpress.com/2007/11/06/231/
  6. 6. Is This &quot;Church&quot;? Source: http://asbojesus.wordpress.com/2007/11/08/236/
  7. 7. Is This &quot;Church&quot;? Source: http://asbojesus.wordpress.com/2008/05/30/475/
  8. 8. Is This &quot;Church&quot;? Source: http://asbojesus.wordpress.com/2007/11/06/232/
  9. 9. Is This &quot;Church&quot;? Source: http://asbojesus.wordpress.com/2007/12/04/296/
  10. 10. <ul><ul><li>When someone comes back from vacation, we would ask him/her: &quot;Did you have fun ?&quot; So fun became the basis of evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some of the unspoken underlying evaluation criteria people might have for &quot;church&quot;: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fellowship (size of church, people's friendliness) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Emotional Impact (arousal of feelings, ability to feel/sense God's presence) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Education (sermon quality, learned something) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Entertainment (nice music, smooth production) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach (evangelistic message tailored to seekers, altar call) </li></ul></ul></ul>Evaluation Of &quot;Church&quot;
  11. 11. <ul><ul><li>We need to understand what our real expectations should be </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The church offers acceptable worship to God when it: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lives up to the true identity of the church </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Carries out the essential elements of corporate worship </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Involves the full participation of God's people in their proper roles and duties (next week’s class) </li></ul></ul></ul>Evaluation Of &quot;Church&quot;
  12. 12. <ul><ul><li>Some NT terminologies describing the church: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Temple of God (1 Cor 3:16-17, 2 Cor 6:16, Eph 2:21) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>God's Building (1 Cor 3:9-10, Eph 2:21-22) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27, Eph 1:22-23, Eph 4:12) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>God's Priests (1 Pet 2:5, 1 Pet 2:9-10, Rev 1:6) </li></ul></ul></ul>The Identity of the Church
  13. 13. <ul><ul><li>OT: Temple is the central place of worship and the dwelling place of God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NT: God's dwelling on earth is not a building or sanctuary but the people of God themselves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The church is a worshiping community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;[The church's] identity as 'the temple of the Lord' finds particular expression when they gather together in Jesus' name, to experience His presence and power in their midst.&quot; -- David Peterson, &quot;Engaging With God&quot; (1992), p. 202 </li></ul></ul>Temple of God
  14. 14. <ul><ul><li>The church building is not God's building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We are built upon the foundation of Christ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 Cor 3:9,11 我們是 神的同工,你們是 神的田地, 神的房屋。 ... 除了那已經立好的根基以外,沒有人能立別的根基。那根基就是耶穌基督。 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Christ is the One who makes the church grow to become the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Eph 2:22 你們在他裡面也一同被建造,成為 神藉著聖靈居住的所在。 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We participate in Christ's work in helping the church grow </li></ul></ul>God's Building
  15. 15. <ul><ul><li>Christ is the head of the church </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We need to have unity in the &quot;one body&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We each have our diverse functions and responsibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We need to meet together for fellowship and mutual ministry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>However, the body of Christ needs to be built up and grow to perfection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Eph 4:11-12 他所賜的,有作使徒的,有作先知的,有作傳福音的,也有作牧養和教導的,為的是要裝備聖徒,去承擔聖工, 建立基督的身體 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mutual edification is an aspect of worship </li></ul></ul>Body of Christ
  16. 16. <ul><ul><li>1 Pet 2:4b-5 你們到他面前來,也就像活石,被建造成為靈宮,作聖潔的 祭司 ,藉著耶穌基督獻上蒙 神悅納的 靈祭 。 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Martin Luther promoted the idea of the priesthood of all believers, but today's churches still have a clergy-laity distinction, in which believers leave the work of ministry and service up to those &quot;professionals&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Every believer is a &quot;minister&quot; and priest before the Lord whether he/she is employed in &quot;full-time&quot; ministry or not </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God uses ordinary people to fulfill His work </li></ul></ul>God's Priests
  17. 17. <ul><ul><li>According to Robert Webber: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We Remember </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We Anticipate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We Celebrate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We Serve </li></ul></ul></ul>Four Elements of Corporate Worship Source: &quot;Worship Old & New&quot; (1994) by Robert Webber, p. 27
  18. 18. <ul><ul><li>God instructed Moses that they must tell of God's work and promises to their descendants and to their descendants' descendants, so they can fear and obey God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jews: Passover meal (to remember how God saved them out of Egypt), psalms (to remind and recount God's work) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Church: we remember how God saves us through Christ's atonement and also what God has done in us </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We as a church should also be defined by our &quot;corporate memory&quot; </li></ul></ul>We Remember
  19. 19. <ul><ul><li>Greek word for remember ( anamnesis , e.g. Luke 22:19) means not only to remember but to recall in a way that makes it personal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We remember God's saving acts so that they may have an effect upon us </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remembrance can be achieved through: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Songs - easy to remember, participatory </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;A congregation is just as responsible to sing the gospel as the preachers are to preach it.&quot; -- Harold Best, &quot;Music Through The Eyes Of Faith&quot; (1993) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creed - reaffirming what we believe </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dramatic Enactment - e.g. Baptism </li></ul></ul></ul>We Remember
  20. 20. <ul><ul><li>Worship looks forward to God's promises being fulfilled in the future, and we look forward to God's ultimate triumph </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our earthly worship today is a foretaste of how we will worship in the new heavens and the new earth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our gathering may be regarded as an earthly expression of the heavenly church </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rev 5:11-12 我又觀看,聽見了千千萬萬天使的聲音,他們都在寶座、活物和長老的四周,大聲 說:“被殺的羊羔是配得權能、豐富、智慧、力量、尊貴、榮耀、頌讚的!” </li></ul></ul></ul>We Anticipate
  21. 21. <ul><ul><li>We anticipate by proclamation and symbols (e.g. Advent) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Through anticipation, we renew our hope in the eternal, and we derive the power to live in this world </li></ul></ul>We Anticipate
  22. 22. <ul><ul><li>We celebrate a past event/story (e.g. birthday, wedding, Christmas, etc.), and we have to know why we're celebrating it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When we see the worship service as a celebration of God and His work, the focus is not on the experience of the celebration, but on God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The point is not to celebrate the fact that we're saved, but to celebrate our Savior </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Through celebration we recognize that God's stories and actions are still relevant to us today </li></ul></ul>We Celebrate
  23. 23. <ul><ul><li>Celebrations are held on special days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A celebration requires active participation for it to be meaningful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Celebration is done through singing, storytelling, dramatizing, and feasting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Celebration can also include confession or lament (e.g. funeral service) </li></ul></ul>We Celebrate
  24. 24. <ul><ul><li>Just as God called the people to worship, He also sent us forth to serve each other and serve in the world (e.g. Benediction) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To praise God but ignore serving fellow believers make worship inauthentic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Amos 5:21-24 我憎恨、厭惡你們的節期,也不喜愛你們的節日。雖然你們給我獻上燔祭和素祭,我卻不接受。你們獻上肥美的牲畜作平安祭,我也不悅納。你們唱歌的吵聲要遠離我,我不想聽見你們的琴聲。但願公正好像潮水滾流,公義好像河水長流。 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rom 12:3-8 also implies the use of spiritual gifts to serve as an aspect of worship </li></ul></ul>We Serve
  25. 25. <ul><ul><li>&quot;We Remember&quot; in the Lord's Supper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Luke 22:19b “ 這是我的身體,為你們捨的,你們應當這樣行,為的是 記念我 。” ( anamnesis ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 Cor 11:26 你們每逢吃這餅,喝這杯,就是 宣揚主的死 ,直等到他來。 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This remembrance is a &quot;re-calling&quot; or &quot;re-presenting&quot; of Christ's sacrifice to declare that its effects are operative here and now </li></ul></ul></ul>Example: Lord's Supper
  26. 26. <ul><ul><li>&quot;We Anticipate&quot; in the Lord's Supper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Matt 26:29 我告訴你們,從今以後我必不再喝這葡萄酒, 直到我和你們在我父的國裡喝新酒的那一天 。 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Lord's Supper is a foretaste of God's coming kingdom and an anticipate the day when we will feast with the Lord face to face </li></ul></ul></ul>Example: Lord's Supper
  27. 27. <ul><ul><li>&quot;We Celebrate&quot; in the Lord's Supper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Eucharist&quot; means &quot;give thanks&quot; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Matt 26:26-28 他們 吃 的時候,耶穌拿起餅來, 祝謝 了就擘開,遞給門徒, 說:“你們拿去吃吧,這是我的身體。”耶穌又拿起杯來, 祝謝 了就遞給他們, 說:“你們都 喝 吧,這是我的血,是為 立約 的,為許多人流出來, 使罪得赦 。 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Matt 26:30a 他們 唱 完了詩 ... </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Every time we celebrate the Lord's Supper we are declaring God's provision of salvation and renewing our faith in Him </li></ul></ul></ul>Example: Lord's Supper
  28. 28. <ul><ul><li>&quot;We Serve&quot; in the Lord's Supper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Holy Communion&quot; implies fellowship </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 Cor 10:16 我們為福杯祝禱的時候,難道不是 共享基督的血 嗎?我們擘餅的時候,難道不是 共享基督的身體 嗎? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In the early church, each person or family brought bread and wine and other gifts (food for the poor) to put on the table </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 Cor 11:33-34a 所以,我的弟兄們,你們聚集在一起吃的時候,要彼此等待。如果有人餓了,就應當在家裡先吃,免得你們聚集在一起的時候受到審判。 </li></ul></ul></ul>Example: Lord's Supper
  29. 29. Conclusion 1. God reveals Himself to us... 2. ... and we respond to God ... 3. ... as we minister to one another Source: &quot;Engaging With God&quot; (1992) by David Peterson, p. 221

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