“Core Value #1: Worship”
Values are the underlying beliefs that govern our behaviors.
Our Core Values serve three primary purposes:
- They provide clarity.
- They promote unity.
- They produce durability.
WORSHIP: Everyone is wired for worship
Worship =to render religious reverence and homage to God or any object regarded as sacred. to feel an adoring reverence or regard for (any person or thing).
Joshua 24:14-15 NKJV"Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
Do you associate the word "worship" more with a practice, a place, or a person?
- PRACTICE: It is what people do.
- PLACE: It is where people go.
- PERSON: It is why people live.
1. The god of prosperity
Acts 16:16-19 NKJVNow it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 17 This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, "These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation." 18 And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And he came out that very hour. 19 But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.
2. The god of pleasure
Acts 16:20-22 NKJVAnd they brought them to the magistrates, and said, "These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city; 21 and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe." 22 Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods.
3. The god of position
Acts 16:23-28 NKJVAnd when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. 24 Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. 28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, "Do yourself no harm, for we are all here."
4. The God of restoration
the act of restoring; renewal, revival, or reestablishment.
Acts 16:29-34 NKJVThen he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 And he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" 31 So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34 Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.
Biblical worship involves acknowledging, honoring, and obeying God.
“One very difficult aspect about sin is that my sin never feels like sin to me. My sin feels like life, plain and simple. My heart is an idol factory and my mind an excuse-making factory, especially when it comes to dealing with the kind of sin that clobbers me the most—indwelling sin—the unrelenting, ever-present kind that never takes a Sabbath.” —Rosaria Champagne Butterfield (Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ)
To what or whom do you give the attention, affection, and adoration which rightfully belong to God?
1 Thessalonians 1:9 NKJVFor they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,
What would it look like if you worshipped God with your whole heart?
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