When God originally created mankind and placed them in the Garden of Eden everything was, as the Bible calls it, good. But, mankind fell into sin, and everything, including the elements, was corrupted when mankind fell. Before the fall, our first parents lived in harmony and worshiped God as they were created to do. However, when the fall had taken place, the worship of God was turned inside out, and mankind worshiped the created order instead of the Creator, God almighty. Romans 1:21-25 speaks about this, particularly verses 24 & 25, which addresses the condition of mankind after the fall.) Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. (Romans 1:24). The creature that is at the center of mankind’s worship is, the self.
But, in mercy, God chooses out of this fallen humanity a people that He calls His very own, and saves them by grace through faith; and as He does this work, we are brought back into that original relationship with God that we had when we were created “good” before the fall. Only then can we worship God as we ought to. Our sermon topic for this week asks the questions: “What is true biblical worship?” “Who is it that we worship?” And, “when do we worship?”
The topic of biblical worship is vast, but this week we will seek to discover, “what is Christ- centered worship,” and we will do it in three points: First, Christ-centered worship is doctrinal, meaning that we must know who it is that we are worshiping. Second, Christ-centered worship is relational, meaning that one must be born-again in order to worship Christ acceptably; and third Christ-centered worship is practical, meaning how does Christ-centered worship manifest itself in the believers life. You may expect that the answer to these questions are simple, and they may be, but the fact is even though we are born-again and are brought back into a right relationship with God, we still live in fallen bodies, and this affects our worship and our understanding of worship; for this reason we are in need to look afresh at this all important topic of worship.
We encourage you this week to mediate on the verses below in order to prepare your heart for Sunday: Psalm 95:6, 7a Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. And Psalm 150:1, 2, 6 Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD! Amen
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