A Vision for Lord's Day Worship ()Ken Miller, February 8, 2015
Part of the Reset 2015 series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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Ken opened his message with a review of a diagram that had been drawn to represent what the church reset should look like. Then he launched into the subject of his sermon: Lord’s Day Worship.
Ken’s first point was that the Church is a temple. To illustrate this, he read 1 Corinthians 3:16-17. Ken went on to expound that the Church is not the building, but the gathering of Christians. We must gather in Christ’s name, in order for His presence to be among us. When we are gathered together with hearts full of animosity towards each other and love for the world, God does not gather with us. God meets us in very tangible ways as we worship. The Holy Spirit fills us. We are taught by God as brothers, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to ex-pound on God’s Word. Ken read 1 Kings 8:10-11 and Ephesians 3:14-21 to show how God is present in our worship.
Jesus must be at the center of our worship service. A high emphasis is placed on the Word of God in our services. This is an excellent principle as the Word is the greatest revelation of God that we have, and everything we do must be measured by it. However, we must be careful that we do not read and discuss the Scriptures without our focus being Jesus.
We need to have a worshipful posture before Jesus. Ken gave four points on how this worshipful posture can be cultivated.
a. We must put our faith in Jesus.
b. We must be contrite before Jesus.
c. We must praise Jesus with our whole heart.
d. We must desire to be taught by Jesus in order to obey Him.
1 Corinthians 14:26-40 gives us a good pattern of how we should conduct our worship service.
In order to allow our worship services to change us more into the likeness of Christ, we must properly prepare ourselves. Ken gave seven very practical ways to help us prepare.
a. For Sunday school or other Bible studies, study the text ahead of time.
b. If a hymn sing is planned, look through the hymnbook ahead of time to find selections.
c. Come to prayer meeting with needs on your heart.
d. Come to church ready with a testimony.
e. Try to get plenty of rest throughout the week.
f. Search your heart.
g. Pray for all the aspects of the service.
Lastly, Ken talked about how we need to let each aspect of our worship service draw us to Christ. We need to be intentional about how we structure our worship services so that they bring ultimate glory to God and call each of us to a closer relationship with Christ.