CHENNAI INTERNATIONAL EVANGELICAL SEMINARY STUDENTS SEMINAR ND 22 and 23RD October, 2004 Chapter –3. Worship and Care cell worship. 1. Meaning of worship. 2. Worship target, focus, motive power. 3. Essential elements of worship. 4. Worship and care cell growth. Introduction: Worshipper must worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). So worship is God's spirit and human truth meeting place. Nobody has seen God, but nobody can deny that God is a Living God and cannot deny God's glory. We can meet the living God and we can see Gods glory through worship. So worship meaning is we see God's face. In Old Testament times people offered sacrifice to God but the New Testament worship is harmony of Father and son and their partnership. The invisible God changed as visible saviour and came to earth, and people have seen Him with their eyes, and touched Him with their hands (1John 1:1). Sinner can see God through His only begotten son Jesus. Therefore worship is our soul meeting God through Jesus. 1. Meaning of Worship: 1) Worship is meeting with God. Worship is when humans meet with God and talk with God and reconcile with God and compromise with God and partnership with God. Communication of the invisible God with visible humans is worship. Therefore human bring precious things with devotion and meet God. In worship human reach to a peak relationship with God and the offering they give will become a precious thing. Through worship God understand who have sinned and receives them warmly. Worship is surrendering our selves to God and in worship human receives harmony with God through God's promise. If human worship is without God's promises then it is Superstition and self-conviction thoughts that gain nothing. But our worship follow God’s promise so in worship God is interested in us and we really meet God. 2) Worship is reconciliation with God. Sin becomes an obstacle between God and Man. Sin is revolting against God and unbelief. Therefore if anybody has sin they cannot worship God, because sin makes people unable to receive God's mercy. God will not help those who have sin in them. So whoever has sin can never meet God. God choose man first before he choose God and stretched His reconciliation hand to man. God want to reconcile the people who have sin, so he sent his son to die on the cross. God completed the reconciliation work by shedding the blood of his Son on the cross. Therefore now we can be made free from sin by putting it on the God. Worship is reconciliation between God who sent His Son and the person who repents prays at the redeemer and sinner meeting time. Therefore worship is human accepting the call and going to God who chose us first. So we must do repentance prayer first in the worship. So repentance prayer makes people ready to meet God. So human must acknowledge his uncleanness and impurity in sight of God. So if one does not get forgiveness from his sins in worship then his worship is not complete. Only Jesus blood has the authority to reconcile us with God. So we understand that a sinner can be reconciled with God through the blood of Jesus. If we worship God without the blood of Jesus then it is same as gentiles worship. 3) Worship is God's revelation. Christian worship started by Gods revelation. Therefore worship is not a rule made by human but only following God's command and God's plan. Worship is not started according to human will. Therefore worship came from heaven and started from Gods revelation. So Christian worship model is followed in the heavens and the Old Testament sacrifice is worship model. Worship of New Testament church is in reality. So worship principality is God. Worship follows God's commandment and revelation so it belongs to God. Again I say worship is not people gathering and inviting God but he is the owner of the worship. If anybody thinks worship is inviting God then this is spiritism. Gentiles work hard to invite God this is spiritism. Christian worship can never be spiritism. God invite us to the place where His revelation is. 2. Worship target, focus, motive power. 1) Target of worship is God. God alone is the target of the worship. God is the creator of this world and supreme ruler. During worship time only God receive respectable bow. During worship we experience God looking on our request and responding with goodness and love. God has Godly personality. God wants us to meet Him through a specific manner because He has personality though He is Spirit. Our worship is only to our creator God. 2) Worship focus is Jesus Christ. Church gives experience of Jesus living and is with us in worship time. The way Jesus opened on the cross is the only way to meet the God. Therefore we can meet God through Jesus alone. So Jesus is always the focus of Christian worship and faith. Nobody can find God outside Jesus. Only true worship focus is Jesus Christ. 3) Motive and power of worship is Holy Spirit. Holy spirit is motive power of worship. Only Holy Spirit knows God attitude. Holy Spirit knows God's sentiments well so Holy Spirit helps us in worship to follow God's will. Holy Spirit helps us to meet God during worship. When Holy Spirit works and guides then we can be changed holy and we can know about God. Therefore motive power for God meeting people is Holy Spirit. 3. Essential elements of worship. 1) Prayer: Worship must have prayer. If worship doesn’t have prayer then it is not complete. Prayer should include repentance prayer and thanks giving prayer. Prayer is not is just asking for our needs it is the casting our sins on to the God Prayer is the time of honest talking with God. During worship we request for God's mercy and grace through prayer and earnestly asking for our needs. So worship is meeting God through prayer. 2) Offering: During worship time giving offering is shows their faith and mind. We giving offering through obey God's word more precious than giving many offering to God. (I Samuel 15:22) Believer’s obedience is the sign of God, accepting them as holy, and believer acceptance of God as owner. Therefore we must give offering to God with continuance obedience. Then God will accept our offerings. 3) Hymns: If prayer is requesting our needs, Hymns are glorifying and thanking God, if worship don't have hymns then it is not complete. So we sing hymns only unto God and God alone accept our hymns. We must glorify God with hymns during worship. 4. Worship and care cell growth. If care cell worship is successful then it will grow. If during care cell worship care cell member meet God and happy and has experience of Jesus Christ then care cell will have real growth. Therefore carecell leader must pray, prepare, work voluntarily and invite members to make carecell worship successful, and carecell worshippers must pray hardly and receive thankfulness, happiness and repentance. Shortcut to know carecell success is by seeing it has revival or not. 1) Care cell worship and repentance prayer campaign. Living faith has many spiritual campaigns but this is repentance prayer campaign. Repentance prayer campaign is key point for revival. Repentance prayer is like washing my body with clear water. Therefore if anyone does repentance prayer often it helps him to have a clear faith life. So if carecell has repentance prayer it will grow and if worship has repentance prayer then worship will be successful. So carecell worship must be done in the middle of the week so that believers get one more chance to check their lives. Therefore carecell worship must include checking their past life and repentance prayer. 2) Care cell and offering campaign. If worship doesn’t have offering time then that worship is dead worship. Bible say where our money is there our heart will be. (Mat 6:21). Therefore, as we give offering in church during Sunday worship to God in the same way carecell worship also must follow. 3) Carecell worship and evangelism campaign. During worship we receive encouragement from God so must do the evangelism quickly following that. So if worship doesn’t have effect on people then they cannot help in church growth. Therefore carecell members must be active so that they can evangelize and bring new members to worship. If carecell worship cannot add new believer then that carecell worship is not successful and that carecell will deteriorate. Carecell worship must develop a spiritual consecration in its members.