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God: The Author of Worship
Good News Community Church
June 1, 2008
Timothy Chan

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  • GNCC Equipping Class: Worship (1 of 5)

    1. 1. Worship (1) God: The Author of Worship Good News Community Church June 1, 2008 Timothy Chan
    2. 2. Class Outline <ul><ul><li>6/1 - God: The Author of Worship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6/8 - Heart of the Worshiper: Biblical Models </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6/15 - Worship in Community: Roles & Expectations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6/22 - Battlefronts of Worship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6/29 - Worship is an Instinct </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. 2002 Barna Research on Worship <ul><ul><li>47% Christians says they participate in worship activities for their own benefit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only 29% Christians say they view worship as something that's focused primarily on God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>About 20% Christians say they have no idea what the outcome of worship is </li></ul></ul>Source: http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=126
    4. 4. Your View of Worship... <ul><ul><li>What comes to mind when you hear the word &quot;worship&quot;? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why do you worship? </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Worship based on Human Effort Source: http://asbojesus.wordpress.com/2008/02/11/372/
    6. 6. God's Initiative In Genesis <ul><ul><li>12:1-3,7 -- God blessed Abram and made a covenant with him </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>13:14-18 -- God unconditionally blessed Abram with promise of land and descendents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15:1-21 -- God renewed His covenant and promises with Abram </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>17:1-21 -- God renewed His covenant with Abram with the rite of circumcision and changed his name to Abraham </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>more... </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. God Draws Israel to Worship Him <ul><li>Exodus 19:3 摩西上到 神那裡去,耶和華從山上呼喚他, 說:“你要這樣告訴雅各家,吩咐以色列人說: 19:4 ‘ 我向埃及人所行的,你們都看見了;也看見了我怎樣像鷹一樣把你們背在翅膀上, 帶領你們到我這裡來 。 </li></ul>
    8. 8. God Draws Israel to Worship Him <ul><li>19:5 現在你們若是實在聽我的話,遵守我的約,你們就必在萬民中作屬我的 產業,因為全地都是我的。 19:6 你們要歸我作君尊的祭司和聖潔的國民 。’這些話你都要對以色列人 說。” </li></ul>
    9. 9. God's Blueprints for Worship in Exodus <ul><ul><li>ch. 20 -- God gave the Ten Commandments to tell us we're not just to worship God alone and avoid idolatry, but also worship Him with a total life pattern pleasing to Him </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ch. 25-27 -- The Tabernacle is God's design for human worship, and with its outer court, inner court, and holy of holies, it is a concrete way to express the truth that human beings could not come into God's presence on their own terms </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. God's Blueprints for Worship in Exodus <ul><ul><li>32:1-6 -- One of the main errors of the Golden Calf idolatry was that the people was trying by their own means to secure the presence of God </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Acceptable Worship starts with God <ul><li>Rom 12:1 所以 弟兄們,我 憑著 神的仁慈 勸你們,要把身體獻上,作聖潔而蒙 神悅納的活祭;這是你們理所當然的事奉。 &quot;Therefore ... in view of God's mercy ...&quot; </li></ul>
    12. 12. What is &quot;Worship In Spirit & Truth&quot;? <ul><li>John 4:19 婦人 說:“先生,我看出你是先知。 4:20 我們的祖先在這山上敬拜 神,而你們卻 說,敬拜的地方必須在耶路撒冷。” 4:21 耶穌 說:“婦人,你應當信我,時候將到,那時你們敬拜父,不在這山上,也不在耶路撒冷。 </li></ul>
    13. 13. What is &quot;Worship In Spirit & Truth&quot;? <ul><li>4:22 你們敬拜你們所不知道的,我們卻敬拜我們所知道的,因為救恩是從猶太人出來的。 4:23 然而時候將到,現在就是了,那用心靈按真理敬拜父的,才是真正敬拜的人;因為 父在尋找 這樣敬拜他的人。 4:24  神是靈,敬拜他的必須 用心靈按真理敬拜 他。” </li></ul>
    14. 14. Analysis of John 4:19-24 <ul><ul><li>The Samaritan woman asked an authentic question about worship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Prophets are expected to restore proper worship </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus shifted the focus from the place of worship (mountain or Jerusalem) to the manner of worship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>True worship requires a true knowledge of God </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God actively seeks acceptable worshipers </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Analysis of John 4:19-24 <ul><ul><li>What is &quot;spirit and truth&quot;? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;spirit&quot; that is made alive by the Holy Spirit </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>John 3:5-6b 人若不是從水和聖靈生的,就不能進 神的國。從肉身生的就是肉身, 從靈生 的就是靈。 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;truth&quot; revealed by means of Christ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>John 14:6 耶穌對他 說:“我就是道路、真理、生命,如果不是 藉著我 ,沒有人能到父那裡去。 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Idea shifted from &quot;where&quot; and &quot;how&quot; to &quot;who&quot; </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Means of Worship is Through God <ul><ul><li>&quot;There is only one true Priest through whom and with whom we draw near to God our Father. There is only one Mediator between God and humanity. There is only one offering which is truly acceptable to God, and it is not ours.&quot; -- James Torrance, &quot;Worship, Community & The Triune God Of Grace&quot; (1996), p. 21 </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Christ's self-revelation <ul><li>Heb 1:1  神在古時候,曾經多次用種種方法,藉著先知 向我們的祖先 說話 ; 1:2 在這末後的日子,卻藉著他的兒子 向我們 說話 。 神已經立他作萬有的承受者,並且藉著他創造了宇宙。 1:3 他是 神 榮耀的光輝 ,是 神 本質的真象 ,用自己帶有能力的話掌管萬有;他作成了潔淨罪惡的事,就坐在高天至尊者的右邊。 </li></ul>
    18. 18. Christ's self-revelation <ul><li>Matt 11:27 我父已經把一切交給我;除了父沒有人認識子,除了子和子所願意 啟示 的人,沒有人認識父。 John 1:18 從來沒有人見過 神,只有在父懷裡的獨生子把他 彰顯 出來。 John 17:25 公義的父啊,世人雖然不認識你,我卻認識你,這些人也知道你差了我來。 17:26 我已經把你的名 指示 他們,還要再指示,使你愛我的愛在他們裡面,我也在他們裡面。 </li></ul>
    19. 19. The Spirit's role in worship <ul><li>Phil 3:3 其實我們這些 靠 神的靈來敬拜 ,在基督耶穌裡誇口而不倚靠肉體的人,才是受割禮的, Gal 4:6 你們既然是兒子, 神就差遣他兒子的靈進入我們 心裡,呼叫“阿爸、父!” Rom 8:26 照樣,聖靈也在我們的軟弱上幫助我們。原來我們不曉得應當怎樣禱告,但 聖靈親自 用不可言 喻的歎息,替我們祈求。 </li></ul>
    20. 20. Implications <ul><ul><li>We cannot just worship in whatever way we choose, because worship is not &quot; anything that pleases God,&quot; but a response to God's gracious initiative on God's terms of what is acceptable or not </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incorrect or idolatrous language in worship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;I enjoyed the worship time&quot; or &quot;I like the worship today&quot; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;God showed up as we worshiped&quot; </li></ul></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Why should we Worship God? <ul><ul><li>God's command </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Deut 6:13 你 要敬畏 耶和華你的 神, 要事奉 他,奉他的名起誓。 (You shall fear only the LORD your God; and you shall worship Him and swear by His name.) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God deserves our worship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 Chron 16:29a 要把耶和華的名 應得的 榮耀歸給他 (Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    22. 22. Why should we Worship God? <ul><ul><li>God chose us to worship Him </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 Peter 2:9 然而你們是 蒙揀選 的族類,是君尊的祭司,是聖潔的國民,是屬 神的子民, 為要叫你們宣揚 那召你們出黑暗入奇妙光明者的美德。 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Also: Exod 19:6, John 4:23 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Worship is our natural response when we encounter God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Isaiah 6:1-5, 2 Chron 7:1-3, Rom 1:21-23 </li></ul></ul></ul>
    23. 23. Why should we Worship God? <ul><ul><li>&quot;I am not worshiping God because of what He will do for me, but because of what He is to me. When worship becomes pragmatic, it ceases to be worship. ... If you worship because it pays, it won't pay. Our motive must be to please God and glorify Him alone.&quot; -- Warren Wiersbe, &quot;Real Worship&quot; (1986) </li></ul></ul>
    24. 24. Conclusion <ul><ul><li>In the theology of worship, who is much more important than how </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The triune God is both the subject and the object of worship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The triune God is both the actor and the audience of worship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The triune God is both the means and the ends of worship </li></ul></ul>
    25. 26. Daily Worship Practice <ul><ul><li>McDull's story illustrates that true knowledge must be informed by experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Early church fathers has a saying in Latin, &quot;lex orandi lex credendi,&quot; which applied in the context of worship, is best stated as &quot;worship is faith in action&quot; </li></ul></ul>
    26. 27. Daily Worship Practice
    27. 28. Daily Worship Practice <ul><ul><li>Throughout June 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scripture & Theme for each day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Example </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email reminder: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Daily scripture and theme </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Daily quote about worship for inspiration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>worshipaholic.blogspot.com </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take notes and share during (each?) class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New discoveries about worship </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Deeper understanding of God's attributes </li></ul></ul></ul>

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