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Session 3 – The Worshipping Church – Conrad Mbewe

John 4:21-25

21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.

22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.

23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.

24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

ESV

 

Knowing God truly is will cause us to worship Him. God has created all things for His own glory. The most important activity that can occupy a creation is to worship its creator. God reveals even more of Himself in the grace which He extends.

We need to focus not only the doctrine of the worshipping church but also the practice of the worshipping church. Or, in other words, how does God expect the church to worship Him.

The Samaritan women in John 4 appeals to a specific argument of the day, specifically who is right? There was a fight between the Samaritan and the Jews. This same fight about who is right goes on today. We see in these verses that it matters not who is right, but what does God consider right.

Jesus solves this issue. He begins by revealing who God is. God is spirit.  An argument concerning a physical place is not relevant because God is spirit.

The hour is coming and now is…” What was different about this specific time? It was the fact that God had become man and was walking among the people. And it was Jesus Christ who would further reveal God to the true worshippers.

What does Jesus mean about worshipping in spirit and in truth? Notice the “But” in v.33. There was error in the thinking of the Samaritans. And up to that time, there was correctness in the thinking of the Jews. But all that is now changing. True worship is not about a physical place and physical means. It is a spiritual transaction and spiritual interaction.

What about truth? The Samaritan worship was not built on truth. There was no truth in the gods set up on Mount Gerazim. The Jewish worship was built upon the truth. God had revealed Himself and the Jews sought to worship according to this truth. God is seeking for worshippers who will worship Him according to the truth revealed about God, and specifically as revealed through Jesus Christ. There has been a greater revelation of truth, and those who would worship God must worship in this greater revealed truth.

Practically, this has outworkings in our worship today. Such as in our hymnody. Our hymns should be characterized by spirit and truth. And our singing must be in spirit and in truth. However, it is easy for us to end up in error at one end or the other – worshipping in spirit but not in truth, or vice versa. Also, it is possible for our worship to have neither spirit nor truth. It could be our heart is in love with the world or with self. This means we need to spend the time to prepare our hearts and our minds for worship instead of entering into worship in a flippant, unprepared manner. I must make sure that I am worshipping in spirit and in truth.


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Family Worship – Beeke

The book Family Worship by Joel Beeke is available in a free pdf which can be sent to your Kindle or read online.

Family Worship PDF

Every church desires growth. Surprisingly few churches, however, seek to promote internal church growth by stressing the need to raise children in covenantal truth. Few seriously grapple with why many adolescents become nominal members with mere notional faith or abandon evangelical truth for unbiblical doctrine and modes of worship.

I believe one major reason for this failure is the lack of stress upon family worship. In many churches and homes family worship is an optional thing, or at most a superficial exercise such as a brief table grace before meals. Consequently, many children grow up with no experience or impression of Christian faith and worship as a daily reality.


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David Danced Naked and Other Common Misconceptions

Funny, how you can come across strange misconceptions about the Bible and then the next thing you know they are repeated over and over. Much like quotes attributed to sources who never said what they are credited with. Why do misconceptions get repeated so often? What misconceptions about the Bible do you still hold? Are you willing to give them up when told about them? Do you regularly attempt to find your misconceptions?

I have no clue what misconceptions I may still hold; however, I have thrown out many over the past few years. There are less and less misconceptions that I find I have been taught and still believe. Nothing is better than just serious Bible study for clearing up false teachings.

It is obvious that other people are doing the same at times. Back in 2009 I posted Did David Dance Before the Lord Naked? That was three years ago! However, it is consistently being visited on the website. It averages three to four hits everyday. That may not sound like much but over three years that adds up to quite a few. The first week or so a post will generate around 300 plus hits then gradually decrease. I don’t think there is a day that goes by that someone is not searching for the answer to “Did David dance naked?” I’m thankful people are questioning misconceptions and getting down to the truth of Scripture.

Some false teaching is easy to discount. Like with the question about David, it is easy to find verses that point out what David was wearing:

2 Samuel 6:14 (ESV) And David danced before the Lord with all his might. And David was wearing a linen ephod.

1 Chronicles 15:27 (ESV) David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as also were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the music of the singers. And David wore a linen ephod.

But others get much harder particularly when they are adding to the Scripture things that aren’t really there, such as the gap theory. The idea that between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 there is a huge amount of time. Maybe even millions of years in order to fit evolution and creation together. However, this idea negates the fact that death occurred as a result of Adam’s sin and not before Adam was created.

What other misconceptions and false teachings have you had to throw out when you got back to the actual Biblical information?

Are there others which you are struggling with tossing because they have been so ingrained in your teaching previously?


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We Worship Jesus

“(Jesus) is the only one worthy of worship. Folks, we do not worship the family. We do not worship home education. We do not worship patriarchy. We worship Jesus Christ. And as a church we exist to exalt and to worship and to bow the knee and to prostrate ourslelves before the Lord Jesus Christ. We don’t make much of the family. We make much of Jesus. If we get to a place we’re making more of the family or more of patriarchy or more of home education than we are of Jesus, then we are in a place of idolatry. We exist to bow the knee to Christ, to worship the Lord Jesus Christ. We exist to give to Him all that we have and all that we are just as these disciples when they saw the resurrected Christ, recognized that He and He alone was worthy of worship. We don’t worship styles. We worship Jesus. We don’t worship philosophies. We worship Jesus. And that’s who we are first and foremost. We are a people who are hard after God. We are a people who are passionate for Jesus Christ.”

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Voddie Baucham


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Thomas Clay – “The Role of Music in the Church” – 2011 True Church Conference

Breakout Session 2 – Thomas Clay – “The Role of Music in the Church”


1. What it is not.

a. It is not a showcase for talent. Character is what is important, then gifting.

b. It is not synonymous with worship. All aspects of worship are worship, not just the music.

c. It is not about singing about praise and worship. The song is not about the worshiper, it is about God, the object of our worship.

d. It is not primary. Preaching is primary.

e. It is not style-driven. The descriptive term is not to be the foundation. It is to be truth-driven.

f. It is not a meritorious work to usher us into God’s presence. Jesus Christ is the only one who can usher us into God’s presence.

g. It is not dependent on imagery. It is dependent on the word.

h. It is not individual driven (soloist, music minister, choir). It is congregation driven.


2. It is obedience. We are commanded to worship through singing. Both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament (Ephesians 5:18-20).


3. It is for corporate edification. It is not to be an individual ecstatic experience. And it is not to be an individual stoic experience. See Colossians 3:16-17 to back up this outline.

a. Music is to be gospel-centered. Based on the word of Christ. Faith comes from the gospel.

b. Music is to be experienced richly. Music should express the gospel richly, deeply. Instead of trying to please everybody we should be seeking to edify everybody.

c. Music is to teach and admonish. What a church is singing is what they believe. Theology can be developed through singing. Or, on the other hand, a gospel-centered pulpit can be torpedoed by shallow, worldly music.

d. Music is to be done with wisdom. Move toward reforming your church in this area.

e. Music is for one another. It is not just to God. It is also to one another. It should be edifying. It is just as wrong to be stone-faced in singing as it is to be jumping off the stage. The minister must be stylistically-sensitive. The body is to be edified (Philippians 2:3-4). And individuals in the congregation should also consider one another and not be offended.

f. Music is to God. Specifically in thankfulness to God. It must be with reverence and awe.


4. The pastor/music minister relationship.

a. The music minister must be a servant. See Genesis 39:4-6. The music minister should be a “Joseph” for his pastor. Serve the pastor.

b. The music minister must not have his own agenda.  There must be a protected relationship.

c. The music minister must have a high view of biblical and pastoral authority. We should not attack authority.

 


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Does This Characterize Your Worship?


“…the highest possible honor we can offer before God.”


Will this characterize your worship today?

Or will you be distracted by any number of things?

Children, hot, cold, planning next week, lunch … ?


The very heart of worship,

as the Bible makes clear,

is the business of expressing,

from the depths of our spirits,

the highest possible honor we can offer before God.

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A Taste of Heaven: Worship in the Light of Eternity by R. C. Sproul

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Who Is Your Audience?

When living your Christian life, who is the audience you are performing for?

Are you striving to impress someone? or just to not be thought badly of?

Is your church your audience?

Your Family?

Some inner ideal of whom you should be?

Oh, most of us would never even think that we a performing our life for an audience.  We may realize that our children are watching us but not many more.  Only if we are singing, playing or preaching might we think about the audience before us.  However, everything we do is before an audience.

Colossians 3:23 (ESV) Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

Romans 14:8 (ESV) For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.

Romans 12:1 (ESV) I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

So even when are not particularly in front of an audience we are serving the Lord and performing for Him.  Does your audience approve of your performance?

This is one of the reasons when sitting in Church you won’t find me clapping after a solo or a piece of music being played.  I’m not the audience, God is.  I just happen to be performing right along with my prayers and attention for the rightful audience at any church service.



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