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(There is nothing like worship, we begin here, and will
continue thru all eternity)
DO YOU GIVE PROMINENCE TO WORSHIP?
FATHER SEEKS TO WORSHIP HIM
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath
delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated
us into the kingdom of his dear Son (Col.1: 12-13)
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in
spirit and in truth.(Jn.4: 24)
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is liberty. (2.Cor.3: 17)
THRU CHRIST WE HAVE THE ACCESS
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually,
that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. (Heb.13: 15)
Lamb of God, through thee we enter, inside the veil;
Cleansed by Thee, we boldly venture, inside the veil;
Not a stain; a new creation;
our’s is such a full salvation;
Low we bow in adoration; inside the veil.
WHAT IS WORSHIP ?
Few definitions on worship
Worship is the “overflow of a grateful heart, under a sense
of Devine favor.” (Ps. 45: 1)
Worship is the “out pouring of a soul at rest in the presence
of God” (SoS.2: 3)
Worship is the “occupation of the heart, not with its needs,
or even with its blessings, but with God himself” (2.Sam.7:18-22)
Worship is the “upspring of a heart that has known the Father
as a giver, the Son as Savior, and the Holy Spirit as the
indwelling guest” .
(Honey you can define; until you taste it cannot fully know it; so is the worship)
WHAT IS SPIRITUAL WORSHIP ?
(Worship in spirit and truth)
Worship is ascribing worthiness to the one who is “worthy of worship”
Reverence, prostration to pay divine homage a difference
(Mat.2:11; Rev.4:10; 5: 8)
(If not before Him, for whom your knees bend ?)
WORSHIP DIFFERENT FROM PRAISE AND PRAYER
What make the differences ?
Prayer is the occupation of the soul with its needs.
Praise is the occupation of the soul with its blessings
Worship is the occupation of the soul with God himself.
“ Lord save my soul” is prayer
“ Thank you Lord for saving my soul” is praise .
“ Thank you Lord for what thou art” is worship
(Adore in heart, bow before him for what He is)
WHO IS A WORSHIPPER ?
Must be one experienced the redemption (v.5,6)
Must be one who got an inheritance (v. 1)
Must be one blessed of the Lord (v. 2)
Must be one who is grateful to Lord (v. 2, 3)
Must be one obedient to God’s word (v. 2)
Must be one who is humble in heart (v. 5- 9)
Must be one who comes to give to Lord (v. 10)
We are redeemed (1.Pet.1: 18) has inheritance (Eph.1: 5)
blessed (Eph.1: 3) thankful (Eph.5: 19-20) obedient to him
(Mat.18: 20) gives to the Lord (Heb.13: 15)
LESSONS FROM ABRAHAM’ LIFE (Gen. 22)
Must be based on revelation of God (v.1-2)
Must be conditioned by faith (v. 3)
Must be cost spending (v.3)
Demands separation to God (v.5)
Demands full renunciation of self (v.9-10)
Must be glorifying God (v.16-18)
Results in blessing to worshiper (v. 16- 18)
For us revealed (Jn.4:22) by faith offer (Heb.11: 6) the fruit of our lips
(Heb.13: 15) draws near (Heb.10: 22) rejoice in Christ (Phil.3: 3) glorify
him (Col.1: 12) are blessed (2.Pet. 1: 3)
WORSHIP THE REASONABLE SERVICE (Mat. 2: 1-12)
Is an act of wisdom (v.2)
Demands divine guidance (v. 9)
Demands separation and renunciation (v. 2)
Demands concentration and determination (v.11)
Accompanies joy (v. 11)
Conditioned by seeing the son of God (v. 11)
Is presenting the gift to him (v. 11)
(They saw the star, followed star, desired to worship, reached the house,
rejoiced, saw the child, opened the treasures and worshiped him)
WHAT WORSHIP IS NOT
Mary at the feet of Jesus (Jn.12: 1- 12)
Did not come to listen the sermon (Lk.10: 39)
Did not come to make a request (Jn.11:32)
Did not come to meet fellow brethren (v.7; 9)
Did not come to be refreshed of him (v. 3)
Did not come nor to meet the host (v. 7)
Did not come since a popular act (v.9)
Did not come to withhold any thing (v.3)
Spikenard, very costly , and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair : the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. (v. 3)
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
Bow down before him, His glory proclaim
Gold of obedience, and incense in lowliness,
Bring and adore Him; the Lord is his name.
Fear not to enter His courts in the slenderness
Of the poor wealth thou wouldst reckon as thine;
Truth in its beauty, and love in its tenderness,
These are the offerings to lay on His shrine.
PROMINENCE TO WORSHIP
The reason why Israel was redeemed
(That they may serve – Ex.7: 16; 8: 2; 20)
Pharaoh’s demand (Step by step)
Let them worship in the land (Ex.8: 25)
Let them go not very far (Ex.8: 28)
Let men only go and worship (Ex.10: 11)
Let the flock and cattle stay back (Ex.10: 28)
We are saved to serve
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,
and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. (Mk.12: 30)
PROMINENCE TO WORSHIP (Cont…)
Israel was given command (Ex.20: 2-5)
Thou shall have no other God beside me
Thou shall not make any graven image;
Thou shall not bow down before it
Israel failed in obeying it (Heb.11:6)
They lusted in the wilderness (Num.11: 4-10)
They became idolaters (Ex.32: 1-6)
They committed fornication (Num.25: 1-3)
They tempted God (Num.21; 4-6)
They murmured against him (Ex. 16: 1-3)
(THEY ARE WRITTEN FOR OUR ADMONISION)
LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF MOSES
(WORSHIPER’S ATMOST DESIRES TO SEE HIM ALONE)
Moses said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. (Ex.33: 18)
He was chosen of God (Ex.33: 17)
He was redeemed of God (Ex.12: 27)
He received the intimacy with God (Ex.33:11)
He aspired for a better communion (Ex.33: 18)
He was provided a safe place (Ex.33: 21)
He was given the protection (Ex.33: 22)
He gave humble reverence to God (Ex.34: 8)
Rev.22: 4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
WHOM WE WORSHIP ?
King eternal, invisible, Immortal (1.Tim.1: 17)
Thou shalt worship Lord thy God (Mat.4: 10)
God revealed in the scripture is “triune God”
God revealed in three persons (Trinity)
Yet co-equal, co- eternal, co-exists
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God almighty,
All thy works shall praise thy name
in earth and sky and sea,
Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in Three persons, blessed Trinity!
WE WORSHIP THE FATHER FOR WHAT HE IS
AND FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR US
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
WORSHIP SON FOR WHAT HE BECAME
God has loved us. (Jn.3: 16; 1.Jn.3: 1)
God has given us his son. (1.Jn.4: 14)
God has chosen us in Christ. (Ep.1: 3-4)
He has saved us by his grace. (Col.1: 12-13; Eph.2: 8)
He has blessed us. (Eph.1: 3)
He has made us his children. (Jn.1: 12; 1.Jn.3: 1)
He has made us to be worshippers (Jn.4: 23-24)
WHY WE SHOULD WORSHIP THE SON ?
John 5: 23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour
the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father
which hath sent him.
God revealed is triune
The Son is co-eternal, co-existing, co-inherent, co- equal in essence (Possess all attributes)
Father declared to angels (Heb.1: 6)
Men worshiped and he never denied
Wise men worshiped him at birth (Mat. 2: 11)
During his public ministry (Jesus accepted)
The leper healed (Mat.8: 2)
The ruler (Mat.9: 18)
People on the boat (Mat.14: 33)
The demon possessed healed (Mk.5: 6)
The Canaanite woman (Mat.15: 25)
The blind when healed (Jn.9: 38)
Mary at the resurrection (Mat.28: 9; 17)
Disciples at his ascension (Lk.24: 52)
(Never denied or objected any time)
He is worshiped in heaven
In Heavenly worship (Rev.5:10-11; 13)
In future He will be worshiped
Every knee shall bow before him (Phil.2: 10)
We must worship him for what he is
He is the eternal son (Heb.1: 2)
By him and for him all created (Col.1: 16)
He is the heir of all things (Heb.3: 6)
He has received glory and honour (Heb.2: 9)
We must worship him for what he did for us
For us he came into this world (1.Jn3: 5)
He died on the cross for our sins (1.Pet.2: 24)
He redeemed us with his blood (Rev.5: 10)
He is going to come again for us (Heb.9: 28)
We must worship, for what he do for us now
He makes intercession for us (Heb.7: 25)
FOR HE IS GOD HIMSELF
Romans 9: 5 who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
Col.1: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God.
Col.2: 9 For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
Heb.1: 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image
of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power
1.John.5: 20 This is true God and eternal life.
WHAT ABOUT WORSHIP TO HOLY SPIRIT ?
Is He not God ? ( Yes- Acts.5: 4)
Is He not co-equal ? ( Yes - Heb.9: 14)
What He seeks ? ( Glorify the son – Jn.16: 14)
Worship is the “upspring of a heart that has known the Father as a
giver , the Son as Savior , and the Holy Spirit as the indwelling guest ” .
WHAT HOLY SPIRIT DONE FOR US ?
Convinced of sin, righteousness.. (Jn.16: 8)
Shed God’s love in our heart (Rom.5: 5)
Lead to salvation (Rom.10: 9-10; 1.Cor.12: 3)
Taken dwelling in us (Rom.8: 11;Jn.14: 16,17)
WHAT H.SPIRIT DOES IN US NOW ?
Guides in to all truths (Jn.16: 13)
Helps us to pray (Rom:8: 26; 27)
Builds together as habitation ..(Eph.2: 22)
DO H.SPIRIT DEMANDS WORSHIP ?
Scripture shows no example done
Neither Father nor Son taught us to do
TRIUNE GOD DWELLS INSEPARABLE
But in benediction yet said separately ? (1.Cor.16: 23)
H.Spirit as indwelling guest helps us to worship the Father and Son
(As God He receives)
(As in prayer, in worship also no direct addressing seem)
THE MANNER OF WORSHIP
WORSHIP MUST BE SPIRITUAL (Rom.8: 8)
Not traditional – (Is.29: 13; Eze.33: 31)
Not Carnal worship (Not pleased-1.Cor.2:14)
Counterfeiting- Instead of real spirituality
Artificial enthusiasm- for holy zeal
Fleshly emotionalism- for the joy of the Lord
Organization- for the unity of the Spirit
Religious expression- for the inner reality
Cold orthodoxy – for strength and truth
(No Pretence; but real and spontaneous)
WORSHIP MUST BE SINCERE (IN TRUTH)
NOT ONLY IN “ SPIRIT ” BUT ALSO IN “ TRUTH ”.
God hates hypocrisy? (Mal.1: 7-14; Is.1: 11-14)
GOD LOOKS TO (FOR HE IS HOLY) Pro.20: 10
Our Standing and state
Our creed and conduct
Our lips and lives
Our belief and behavior
Our profession and expression
(“ For I desire mercy and not sacrifice.” Hos.6: 6 )
Do our lives become a lie to our profession of faith ? Transparency
in honesty, thoughts, word and deed; clean hands and sincere heart
WORSHIP MUST BE INTELLIGENT
He gave us his son to save us (Jn.3: 16)
He gave us his word to grow (1.Pet.2: 1-2)
He gave us gifts for perfecting.. (Eph.4: 11-16)
(God doesn’t want us to remain ignorant)
Heart’s apprehension and appreciation of God’s word, but not
the head knowledge
(Demands love to the Word of God)
Intelligent knowledge of the scriptural truths.
(Demands reading and meditation of the Word)
Results in higher level of spirituality and sincerity that leads to intelligent worship.
Must know the position in Christ (Eph.1: 3-8)
He is foreknown. (1.Pet.1: 2).
He is predestinated. (v.5) refers to a purpose.
He is elected of God. (1.Pet.1: 2; Rom.8: 29)
He is saved. (Eph.2: 8)
He is justified. (Rom.5: 1; 8: 33)
He is sanctified. (1.Pet.1: 2)
He is blessed with all spiritual blessings (v.3)
Above knowledge is the foundation of our peace with God; with out
that none can do the true worship
MUST KNOW TRUTHS ABOUT CHURCH
What the church is ?
What Christ and church; the head and body ?
The unity of the body of Christ.
(Manifold wisdom of God revealed..Ep.3: 10)
MUST KNOW PREISTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS.
Priesthood of believer (1.Pet.2:8-9; Rev.1: 5;6)
To offer spiritual sacrifices (Heb.13: 15)
(No more needed an earthly mediator)
PROMINENCE OF WORSHIP IN LIFE
Realize the important of worship.
Worship we begin here, the only occupation we can continue all
HINDRANCES TO WORSHIP
Devil the infernal enemy (2.Cor.2: 11)
World the external enemy (1.Jn.2: 16)
Self the internal enemy (2.Pet.2: 11)
Individual or assembly
Realize the problem
Judge, confess, turn down
1 Corinthians 10: 13 There hath no temptation taken you but
such as is common to man: but God is faithful.
HINDRANCES TO WORSHIP
Self will (Deviation from the word)
Replace by great alter of Ahaz (2.Ki.16: 10-15)
Self expression (Show personal abilities)
Burn strange fire (Lev.10: 1-11)
Conform to the world (Lack of separation)
Separation from world; but not “Isolation”
Demas loved the present world (2.Tim.4: 10)
We are delivered from the world (Gal.1: 4)
We are strangers and pilgrims here (2.Pet.2:11)
Daily conformed or transformed ? (Rom.12: 2)
HINDRANCE TO WORSHIP
Spirit of Criticism
Pride of self righteousness (Mat.22: 15; 23: 23)
Lack of kindness, vision and fruitlessness)
Realize sin and hatefulness
Admit pride and seek Lord for humbleness
Make apology where necessary
Make a holy determination never to repeat
Pray for whom you criticize
Cherish the spirit to find good in others
Uproot beareth gall and wormwood - Deu.29:18
HINDRANCE TO WORSHIP
Not collecting Manna early mornings (Ex.16:16)
Not going to glean to the fields (Ruth 2: 3)
Not collecting fruits in the basket (Deu.26: 2)
(Spiritual laziness keeps soul empty and barren)
Impatience (Failure to wait upon the Lord)
Be ye not like the Horse or mules (Ps.38: 9)
Learn to quite the soul (Ps.131:2)
(Acts of) Flesh profiteth nothing. (Jn.6: 63)
Eccl: 5: 2 Let not thine heart be hasty to utter any
thing before God:..therefore let thy words be few.
HINDRANCE TO WORSHIP
Narrowness and sectarian spirit (1. Cor.1: 12)
Things mar the unity of the body (1.Cor.10; 16)
Things mar the fellowship (1.Jn.1: 3)
Lack of the liberty of the Spirit (2.Cor.3: 17)
Lack of the Scriptural simplicity (1.Cor.14: 40)
Seek to forgive (Mat.5: 23-24)
Walk in love (Eph.5: 2)
RESULT OF WORSHIP
God must be glorified
The LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come
nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. (Lev.10: 3)
Father glorified as He gave his son
Son glorified as He did the will of the father
Holy Spirit glorified in making us worshipers
Believer will be blessed
Accompanies great joy (Lk.24: 52)
Satisfied with the goodness (Ps.65: 4)
Will not return without blessed (1.Ki.10: 13)
ASSEMBLY WILL BE BLESSED
Will be filled with glory of the Lord
(Ex.40: 34; 1.King 8: 11)
Glory will be seen in believers
(Ex.34: 29; 2 Cor.3: 18)
Unbeliever (World) will come know God
(1. Cor.14: 25)
Manifold wisdom of God be manifested
Christ is sanctified in the hearts
(1. Pet.3: 14)
WARNING AGAINST FALSE WORSHIP
Cain- offered (Gen.4: 3-13)
Became a fugitive and vagabond (Gen.4: 12)
Jeroboam set golden calves (1.King12: 27-33)
Generations were cursed (1.King14: 10-11)
Saul offered (1.Sam.13: 9)
Removed from his kingship (1.Sam.13: 14)
Uzziah burnt incense (2.Chr.26: 16-19)
Became leper and stayed…( 2.Chr.26: 20-21)
1 Samuel 2: 30 LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour
me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.
WORSHIP IN HEAVEN
Greatest occupation we can have on earth
Greatest privilege we can have on earth
WE WILL CONTINUE ALL THRU ETERNITY
PROGRESSION OF WORSHIP IN HEAVEN
The living creatures (Seraphim and Cherubim)
(God as the creator-ceaseless they worship)
Revelation 4: 8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
WORSHIP IN HEAVEN
Revelation 4: 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour
and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they
are and were created.
First song (Lamb as the redeemer)
Revelation 5: 9-10 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
WORSHIP IN HEAVEN
Second song (Salvation the gift of God)
Revelation 7: 10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our
God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
Revelation 14: 3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders.
Third song (The Lord reigneth)
Rev.19: 6-7 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him:
Rev.22: 3-4 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God
and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
And they shall
see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.