Message from Dr. Jack Gatlin
What God Expects in Worship
13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and does, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove ll from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, "Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father's house into a market!" 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: "Zeal for your house will consume me." (NIV)
As we read these verses describing the early Temple and how it was considered a sacred place, a center of worship for the Jews during the life of Jesus, it was designated as a place of devotion where the Jews came to praise and honor God. His heart was troubled as he saw that the sacredness of the Temple had become a place of merchandise and not kept sacred for worship.
Today we as Christians have our Church, our Temple, a sacred place of worship where we as Christians come to praise and honor our Lord, Jesus Christ.
In asking the question "why do I come to Church?", our answers may differ. Some of us may come out of habit, some to be seen, some to find out all the recent news, and others come to hear and learn from the word of God. We ask ourselves, "what do I want to get out of coming to Church?, "what do I expect to happen?" Whatever our reasons may be for coming, Jesus is always in our mist, he is there if you want to have a personal encounter with him and to invite him into your heart by asking for forgiveness from your sins.
What is it that God wants from us as we enter into his house, are we ready for Jesus to be in our hearts and in our worship services? If we come for this personal encounter, he will be there to enrich our lives and to give us his blessings as we hear and learn form his Word.
Let us look at the following four points as we examine our worship services today; Relationship along with Ritual, Commitment over Convenience, Self-giving instead of Self-seeking, and Inclusion rather than Exclusion.
Some Rituals in Church provide great value such as Baptism, Communion, etc. but if it is the personal Relationship with Jesus that we seek then all you need to do is repent of your sins and allow him into your heart and lives.
Commitment over Convenience. Churches today try to make it as convenient as possible by altering time of worship services and making the environment as comfortable as possible for the congregation and yet in most Churches attendance is not growing as much as we would like.
Self-giving instead of Self-seeking. In our busy lives today we may feel that we have no more to give, but in our Christian lives we look for opportunities to provide help, comfort and friendship to all those that we encounter in our daily lives. We realize that self-giving is much more rewarding than self-seeking.
Inclusion rather than Exclusion. Early followers of Jesus had to overcome many of their ideas about exclusion as Jesus said to them that he came to "seek and to save all that was lost" not just the Jews but the Gentiles as well. We may want to examine our lives for prejudices and attitudes that keep us from embracing fully the teaching of Jesus as we invite others into our Church and share with them the Word of God.
As we return to the concept of "What does God Expect in Worship?" these four points give as a guide for growing in his love and understanding. True worship begins in every Christian heart when it is open to having a personal encounter with Jesus Christ and receiving his forgiveness, love, and his blessing it their lives. By embracing Jesus in our lives, we now are able to live fuller lives that are filled with his joy and peace. We invite everyone to come and to hear the Word of God, both the saved and the unsaved, and to experience a personal encounter as we worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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Verse of the Day
Psalm 27:1 "The Lord is the Strength of my Life. (KJV)