Worship God! ()Dennis R. Wiles, September 9, 2012
Part of the Deepening Our Roots series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
“Worship is the believers’ response of all that they are—mind, emotions, will, and body—to what God is and says a does. This response has its mystical side in subjective experience and its practical side in objective obedience to God’s revealed will. Worship is a loving response that’s balanced by the fear of the Lord, and it is a deepening response as the believer comes to know God better.”
-Warren W. Wiersbe, Real Worship, p. 26
We believe EACH FOLLOWER OF JESUS IS ON A PATH OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION! Believers are followers of The Jesus Way. This involves a life-long process of discovery. We are to be disciplined in learning spiritual truths and integrating them into our daily lives. We have adopted these six areas to help gauge spiritual growth: Learn, Worship, Share, Love, Trust and Obey.
-Core Beliefs, FBC Arlington
FASTING AND PRAYER FOCUS
FOCAL PASSAGE: 2 Corinthians 3:7-18
FASTING AND PRAYER GUIDE: Exodus 33-34 records the time Moses received a glimpse of God’s glory. It is the backdrop to this passage in 2 Corinthians. God has designed us to bear His image and reflect His glory on earth. Take some time to meditate on the profound truths contained in this passage. How is God’s glory on display in your life? Where are you falling short? Where have you grown and sensed victory in your life? Evaluate your current level of maturity in Christ and make some tangible commitments that will shape your future as a follower of Jesus.
TEXT: PSALM 149
True worship involves wonder, witness, and warfare.
To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.
— William Temple
God has designed us for worship. We have been uniquely equipped to bear His image and reflect His glory.
God alone is worthy of our worship!
Worship is a participatory phenomenon!
We are to worship God in the present tense!
We are to worship God in community with His people.
Posture and Gesture
The posture of worship: humility, submission, gratitude
Gestures of worship: expressive, joyful, pensive, grieved
The advancement of God’s Kingdom is connected to the worship life of His people.