Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life: Section 13

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Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life: Section 13

  1. 1. Wednesday 15 September 2010
  2. 2. Worship that Pleases God Wednesday 15 September 2010
  3. 3. God wants all of you Wednesday 15 September 2010
  4. 4. Wednesday 15 September 2010
  5. 5. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” Mk. 12:30 God wants all of you, He doesn’t want a part of your life. He asks for all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. Wednesday 15 September 2010
  6. 6. 1. God is pleased when our worship is accurate “I like to think of God as...”. is heresy - true worship is based on what the bible reveals about God “True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” Jn. 4:23 Wednesday 15 September 2010
  7. 7. 2. God is pleased when our worship is authentic “Worship in spirit” isn’t referring to the Holy Spirit but to your spirit - God designed your spirit to be in communion, worshipping him. God is looking for worship as an overflow of our heart. Spirit and truth means worship will be authentic and accurate. Wednesday 15 September 2010
  8. 8. “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” I Sam. 16:7b Songs which make us emotional are not necessarily good as they take the focus from God and put it on us. The Bible tells of many different ways we can praise and worship God. Wednesday 15 September 2010
  9. 9. Gary Thomas suggests that many Christians are stuck in a rut - they worship God in ways other people tell them to. God made us all differently - we don’t have to all worship in the same way. Wednesday 15 September 2010
  10. 10. Thomas suggests 9 ways people draw near to worship God: Naturalists - outdoors Sensates - sights, sounds etc. Traditionalists - ritual, symbols Ascetics - solitude, simplicity [a person who practices self- discipline and abstention] Wednesday 15 September 2010
  11. 11. Activists - working to improve things, justice Caregivers - loving and caring for people Enthusiasts - celebration Contemplatives - through adoration Intellectuals - with their minds Wednesday 15 September 2010
  12. 12. Real worship happens when your spirit responds to God not some musical tone. The best style of worship is the one that most authentically represents your love for God, based on the background and personality God gave you. “That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before Him in their worship.” Jn. 4:23 Wednesday 15 September 2010
  13. 13. 3. God is pleased when our worship is thoughtful We must engage our minds. Jesus’ command to “Love God with all your mind’ is repeat four times in the New Testament. “If worship is mindless it is meaningless” Wednesday 15 September 2010
  14. 14. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matt 6:6-8 Wednesday 15 September 2010
  15. 15. Use different words - think of different words to use instead of praise Be specific in your words Meditate on the Names of God - how many can you think of? Wednesday 15 September 2010
  16. 16. Use different words - think of different words to use instead of praise Be specific in your words Meditate on the Names of God - how many can you think of? Wednesday 15 September 2010
  17. 17. 4. God is pleased when our worship is practical “Offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.” Rom. 12:1 You can’t do anything without your body on this planet. The problem with a living sacrifice however is that it can crawl off the altar and we often do. Wednesday 15 September 2010
  18. 18. Wednesday 15 September 2010
  19. 19. As God has given the supreme sacrifice in the life and death of Jesus - What sort of sacrifice is God looking for us to give today? Wednesday 15 September 2010
  20. 20. As God has given the supreme sacrifice in the life and death of Jesus - What sort of sacrifice is God looking for us to give today? Thanksgiving, prayer, praise, service, money, time, energy... Wednesday 15 September 2010
  21. 21. As God has given the supreme sacrifice in the life and death of Jesus - What sort of sacrifice is God looking for us to give today? Thanksgiving, prayer, praise, service, money, time, energy... To really worship God costs us - it is not always convenient or comfortable. Wednesday 15 September 2010
  22. 22. David knew the cost of worship and said, “I will not offer to the Lord my God sacrifices that have cost me nothing.” 2 Sam. 24:24 Wednesday 15 September 2010
  23. 23. Matt Redman wrote a song, “Heart of Worship”, after his pastor banned singing in their services for a while. What is your heart of worship. Wednesday 15 September 2010
  24. 24. Point to Ponder: God wants all of me. Wednesday 15 September 2010
  25. 25. Verse to Remember: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' Mark 12:30 Wednesday 15 September 2010
  26. 26. Question to consider: Which is more pleasing to God right now – my public worship or my private worship? What will I do about this? Wednesday 15 September 2010

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