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               Worship!
• What is worship?
• How important is worship?
• How do we worship?
• These are questions that are far easier to ask
  than to answer.
• Man seems to be a worshipping being.
• So what can we say about worship?
    First Reference to Worship
• (Gen 4:3-8 NKJV) And in the process of time
  it came to pass that Cain brought an offering
  of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. {4}
  Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock
  and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel
  and his offering, {5} but He did not respect
  Cain and his offering. And Cain was very
  angry, and his countenance fell.
    First Reference to Worship
• (Gen 4:3-8 NKJV) {6} So the LORD said to
  Cain, "Why are you angry? And why has your
  countenance fallen? {7} "If you do well, will
  you not be accepted? And if you do not do
  well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for
  you, but you should rule over it." {8} Now
  Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came
  to pass, when they were in the field, that
  Cain rose up against Abel his brother and
  killed him.
       What is Worship?
– Obviously, this was an act of worship.
– It would seem that some form of instructions
  must have been given, but we do not know what
  they were.
– One thing is clear, and that is that a sacrifice was
  involved in this act of worship.
       Abraham’s Sacrifice
• (Gen 22:1-3 NKJV) Now it came to pass after
  these things that God tested Abraham, and
  said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I
  am." {2} Then He said, "Take now your son,
  your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go
  to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as
  a burnt offering on one of the mountains of
  which I shall tell you.”
       Abraham’s Sacrifice
• (Gen 22:1-3 NKJV) {3} So Abraham rose early
  in the morning and saddled his donkey, and
  took two of his young men with him, and
  Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the
  burnt offering, and arose and went to the
  place of which God had told him.
  The word “worship” appears
• (Gen 22:4-5 NKJV) Then on the third day
  Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place
  afar off. {5} And Abraham said to his young
  men, "Stay here with the donkey; the lad and
  I will go yonder and worship, and we will
  come back to you."
  Abraham Carried Through
• (Gen 22:6-10 NKJV) So Abraham took the
  wood of the burnt offering and laid it on
  Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand,
  and a knife, and the two of them went
  together. {7} But Isaac spoke to Abraham his
  father and said, "My father!" And he said,
  "Here I am, my son." Then he said, "Look, the
  fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for
  a burnt offering?”
 Abraham Carried Through
• (Gen 22:6-10 NKJV) {8} And Abraham said,
  "My son, God will provide for Himself the
  lamb for a burnt offering." So the two of
  them went together. {9} Then they came to
  the place of which God had told him. And
  Abraham built an altar there and placed the
  wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son
  and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.
  {10} And Abraham stretched out his hand and
  took the knife to slay his son.
    Abraham passed the test.
• (Gen 22:11-12 NKJV) But the Angel of the
  LORD called to him from heaven and said,
  "Abraham, Abraham!" So he said, "Here I
  am." {12} And He said, "Do not lay your
  hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for
  now I know that you fear God, since you
  have not withheld your son, your only son,
  from Me."
•
•Part of worship is giving
 God what He wants.
Loyalty to God and Him alone as God
• (Exo 34:12-15 NKJV) "Take heed to yourself,
  lest you make a covenant with the
  inhabitants of the land where you are going,
  lest it be a snare in your midst. {13} "But you
  shall destroy their altars, break their sacred
  pillars, and cut down their wooden images
  {14} '(for you shall worship no other god, for
  the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous
  God),
Loyalty to God and Him alone as God
• (Exo 34:12-15 NKJV) {15} "lest you make a
  covenant with the inhabitants of the land,
  and they play the harlot with their gods and
  make sacrifice to their gods, and one of them
  invites you and you eat of his sacrifice,
   Worship is giving to God
• (Heb 13:15-16 NKJV) Therefore by Him let us
  continually offer the sacrifice of praise to
  God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving
  thanks to His name. {16} But do not forget to
  do good and to share, for with such sacrifices
  God is well pleased.
Worship is acknowledging God
• (Prov 3:5-9 NKJV) Trust in the LORD with all
  your heart, And lean not on your own
  understanding; {6} In all your ways
  acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your
  paths. {7} Do not be wise in your own eyes;
  Fear the LORD and depart from evil. {8} It will
  be health to your flesh, And strength to your
  bones. {9} Honor the LORD with your
  possessions, And with the firstfruits of all
  your increase;
      Take time to be holy
• (Exo 20:8-10 NKJV) "Remember the Sabbath
  day, to keep it holy. {9} Six days you shall
  labor and do all your work, {10} but the
  seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your
  God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your
  son, nor your daughter, nor your male
  servant, nor your female servant, nor your
  cattle, nor your stranger who is within your
  gates.
 Jesus taught daily in the temple.
• (Luke 19:47-48 NKJV) And He was teaching
  daily in the temple. But the chief priests, the
  scribes, and the leaders of the people sought
  to destroy Him, {48} and were unable to do
  anything; for all the people were very
  attentive to hear Him.
 The early church met daily.
• (Acts 2:46-47 NKJV) So continuing daily with
  one accord in the temple, and breaking bread
  from house to house, they ate their food with
  gladness and simplicity of heart, {47} praising
  God and having favor with all the people.
  And the Lord added to the church daily those
  who were being saved.
 Paul preached on the first day
         of the week.
• (Acts 20:7 NKJV) Now on the first day of the
  week, when the disciples came together to
  break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next
  day, spoke to them and continued his
  message until midnight.
 They gave on the first day of the
             week.
• (1 Cor 16:1-2 NKJV) Now concerning the
  collection for the saints, as I have given
  orders to the churches of Galatia, so you
  must do also: {2} On the first day of the week
  let each one of you lay something aside,
  storing up as he may prosper, that there be
  no collections when I come.
   When did the practice of mid-
week and Sunday evening services
 start? Who started this practice?
• According to the "Dictionary of Christianity in
  America," the Puritans of the 1600's in
  America had a Sunday morning and a Sunday
  evening gathering time as well as a Thursday
  morning lecture. These practices almost
  certainly go back to the Puritans in England.
    The mid-week meeting
• The mid-week meeting had its beginnings in
  prayer meetings that were occasionally
  mentioned before 1800 but became popular
  through the efforts of Charles Finney and D.
  L. Moody in the 1800's. Moody held noon
  prayer meetings in conjunction with his
  preaching campaigns. During the years 1857-
  1858, an awakening occurred that was later
  called the Prayer Meeting Revival.
    The mid-week meeting
• By 1900, prayer meetings or mid-week
  services became common in most
  evangelistic and many Protestant churches.
  By the mid-1900's, the prayer emphasis of
  the mid-week service was often replaced by a
  teaching or preaching service.
     David Reagan’s Commnets:
• While the extra services are not commanded
  in scripture, they surely have its blessings.
  The apostolic church often met on a daily
  basis: "And daily in the temple, and in every
  house, they ceased not to teach and preach
  Jesus Christ" (Acts 5:42And daily in the
  temple, and in every house, they ceased not
  to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
  See All...).
          David Reagan’s Commnets:
• Hebrews 10:25 tells us, "Not forsaking the
  assembling of ourselves together, as the
  manner of some is; but exhorting one
  another: and so much the more, as ye see the
  day approaching." Therefore, the closer we
  get to the end of this age, the more often we
  should meet together as a church.
• David Reagan
•   From http://www.learnthebible.org/the-origin-of-sunday-and-wednesday-evening-services.htm
           Conclusion
– While the Bible does not have a dictionary
  definition of worship, I hope we
  understand the main concepts of worship.
– Worship is clearly to honor and serve God.
  Worship clearly involves giving and
  sacrifice.
                Conclusion
    – Our study began with the sacrifices of Cain
      and Able.
    – It steps up to the sacrifice of Abraham.
    – The New Testament basically begins with
      the sacrifice of Jesus as the Lamb of God.
•
     What will we give?
– Will we give Sunday and Wednesday evening as
  well as Sunday morning?
– Will we honor and serve the living God above all
  else?

				
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