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What Would I Lose If I Lost Worship?

2015-08-13 09.55.05

During my devotions this morning I read another great blog post from Tim Challies that I just had to share with you all. You can read it below or find it on his website: http://www.challies.com/articles/what-would-i-lose-if-i-lost-worship?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_content=5575&utm_campaign=Four-hourly_2015-08-17_12%3a15


I pray that it delights your heart and brings God glory!!!
Pastor Mark

What Would I Lose If I Lost Worship?

Can you imagine your life without worship? Can you imagine your life without regularly gathering with God’s people to worship Him together? Corporate worship is one of the great privileges of the Christian life. And perhaps it is one of those privileges that over time we can take for granted. When I pause to think about it, I can’t imagine my life without it. I don’t even want to. But I guess it is worth considering: What would I lose if I lost worship?

We live in a consumeristic culture where we tend to evaluate life in very selfish ways. We do this even with worship. “The sermon really didn’t speak to me today. I just couldn’t get into the songs we sang this morning. That Scripture reading was a little bit too long in my books.” When we speak this way we may be proving that we are coming to church as consumers, people who want to be served rather than to serve.

Yet the primary point and purpose of worshipping God is His glory, not the meeting of our felt needs. We worship God in order to glorify God. God is glorified in our worship. He is honored. He is magnified in the sight of those who join with us.

In this way worship cuts completely against the grain of consumerism and demands that I worship for His sake and for His glory. I have heard it said that “Worship is the art of losing self in the adoration of another.” And that is exactly the case. I forget all about me and give all honor and glory to Him.

What would I lose without worship? I would lose the opportunity to grow through hearing a sermon and to experience joy through singing great hymns. I would lose the opportunity to join with other Christians in prayer and to recite great creeds with them. But more than anything else, I would lose an opportunity to bring glory to God. If I stopped worshipping, I would neglect a means through which I can bring glory to Him.

Do you see it? Worship is not about you or me. Worship is about God. And really, this changes everything.

When I view worship as something that ultimately exists for my good and my satisfaction, it is easy to take a day off, to think that my presence makes no difference. But when I come to bring glory to God, I understand that no one else can take my place. God means for me to lift my hands, to lift my heart, to lift my voice to Him.

When I view worship as something that is really all about me, it is easy to jump from church to church, to always be looking for a better fit for me. But when I view church as something that is really all about God, I find myself looking for the church that is the purest and best at worshipping in exactly the ways the Bible demands—I look for the church through which I can bring Him the most glory.

Worship is a privilege, to be sure. But it is also a requirement, a responsibility. And the greatest responsibility and the greatest privilege in worship is to bring glory to God.

Exciting Promotion Sunday Changes!!!

New Youth Ministry!!!
Due to the influx of some new young people, we have decided to revamp our Youth Ministry. There will now be a Junior Youth Group (6-8th grades) and Senior Youth Group (9-College) that will both meet separately upstairs on Sunday mornings from 9:45 to 10:45am. The two groups will get back together every other Sunday evening at 5:45pm for Food, Fun, Fellowship, & the Truth Project DVD Study.

Tomorrow afternoon (Sunday), we are going to kick off our New Youth Ministry with a special Bowling Event!!! The church will be providing lunch at the church, directly following the service, and at 2:00pm we will all head over to Tin Pen Alley. Please bring $7.00 for 2 games and shoe rental (please know that all youth are welcome, regardless of their ability to pay) and additional money if you want any food or snacks at the bowling alley.

New Children’s Bible Groups
(a.k.a. Sunday School)
Also due to the recent influx of some new young families, we have decided to redesign our Children’s Sunday Schools into Children’s Bible Groups. They will still meet Sunday mornings downstairs from 9:45 to 10:45am, but there are new classrooms, age groups, and curriculums:
• Beginners (Nursery)
• Explorers (Preschool to 1st Grade)
• Treasure Hunters (2nd to 5th Grades)

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