Mar. 06, 2022
"Worship And Prayer”
Psalm 100:1-5, Psalm 95:1-7a, Revelation 4:11
a. Worship and Prayer
f. The Five Practices From The Cross
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing. Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 100:1-5)
2. What Is Worship:
a. Our response to God's love and grace is worship.
b. In her book entitled "Worship", Evelyn Underhill defines worship as "the response of the creature to the eternal (creator).”
“They traded the truth about God for a lie. So, they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.” (Romans 1:25)
c. Our praise and worship is not merely through the words we speak, but it’s meant to be from the heart and offered to God with every part of our being.
3. Community (Corporate) Worship:
a. Community worship is meant to be a joyful experience—it's a celebration!
b. A fundamental theme in worship is saying, “Thank you”.
c. Jesus is present in community worship in a way that we don't experience anywhere else, and it renews and restores our souls.
“Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25)
d. When we gather for worship, it is not so we can be entertained, but rather to offer all of ourselves to God.
e. Ultimately, we are playing for an audience of one.
4. Individual Worship:
a. We are meant to live our lives each day, not just on Sunday, as a living Hallelujah.
“We’re not grateful because we are happy. We are happy because we are grateful.” (Seth Goldin)
“If gratitude were a drug, it would be the world's best-selling product with a health maintenance indication for every major organ system.”(Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy)
b. Our basic orientation should be to thank God for everything and one way to do that is through daily prayer.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
a. Make it a goal to attend 90% of the worship services for the remainder of the year.
b. Make it a habit to pray 5 times a day—morning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, evening.
c. Write down 3 things each day for which you are thankful.
d. Participate in our daily devotional readings which align with the Sunday messages throughout Lent. (You may sign-up using the QR code on right or by sending an email request to email@example.com)