• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Worship and the Church

WorshipIn vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. (Matthew 15:9 ESV)

God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:24 ESV)

What is it like when you attend worship at your church? Is it clear that the service belongs to God? All, who serve in church leadership, are responsible for insuring that God is glorified by what takes place during worship. The worship of God is a very serious responsibility and must not be approached casually.

What does worship mean to you? Are you seeking to work yourself up into an emotional high or are you glorifying and delighting in the God of all glory? The former action is based on the premise that worship is all about our need to feel good. The latter turns our focus from ourselves to the love of God and His merciful grace.

A God-centered people will seek to focus on the glory of God during the service. During such worship, the sinner feels his conscience exposed as God’s Word is proclaimed. The reality of God is manifest among His people.

I find it shameful when churches place their priority on marketing schemes to meet the felt-needs of a culture of unbelievers. Such churches do not effectively deliver the message of who God is. The result encourages the unbeliever to ask, “Who do I want God to be?”

Thus, true conversions become rare because the church accepts the norms of popular culture upon which to base its worship of God. The true heart of the church is worshiping God by preaching His infallible Word. When we attend church, we should see an unapologetic awe, respect, love, and delight in the God of the Bible. Such churches will preach and glorify the God who is. There we will find true worship.

Samuel at Gilgal

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