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Ps 35:18 I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people.
I. Worship is a Response to Revelation requiring Obedience and Sacrifice (otherwise we’re just singing a song)
We see God revealed in His dealings with others, being challenged to acknowledge Lordship and worth of God by events in other’s lives
NT Sacrifices start with yourself Rm 12:1…present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, your spiritual service of worship
Heb 13:15 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.
Heb 13:16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Php 2:17 sacrifice and service of your faith…
1Pt 2:5 you as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God thru Jesus Heb 9:28
Isa 58:13 "If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD's holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, 14 then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance..." The mouth of the LORD has spoken.
Glorifying God is making Him look good in the eyes of others Ps 29:2 Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. Ps 107:32 Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people, and praise Him in the company of the elders.
Ps 22:25 My praise shall be of You in the great assembly; I will pay My vows before those who fear Him. Eph 3:21…to Him be glory in the church
II. Instruction w/ Q&A to find out more about God & His perfect will for our lives, so we graciously live in victory, pleasing Him
God’s word gives us Perspective and Perseverance, telling us how to draw on His grace, so that we can experience His best now and then.
NT Model Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Acts 20:7 on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul…spoke to them and continued his message until midnight v11
III. Fellowship is Sharing of lives, needs and resources. For better or worse, we do become like the folks we hang around.
Relationships are where you can know and are known, both give and receive, fulfilling the “one another” commands
Doubling joys and halving burdens; wise Biblical counsel for challenges involving: work, family, social issues, etc.
NT Love Jn 13:35 "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." Cf. 1Jn 4:20-21 liar
1Pt 1:22 Since you’ve purified your souls by obeying the truth thru the Spirit to a sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently w/ a pure heart
Encouragement Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting (parakaleo) one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
IV. Edification -->Evangelism to Equip believers to Learn the Truth, Live the Truth and Love others with the Truth.
NT Plan Eph 4:11 He Himself gave (gifted men)…12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to a measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ-- 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
Each 1Cor 14:26 Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, teaching, tongue, revelation, interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
Acts 2:46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and singleness 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.
Questions for Reflection/Discussion/Response:
1. How can an assembly of 10,000 enable people to have the kinds of experiences that equipped NT believers to take over their world?
2. Can someone become a fully functional reproductive disciple as Christ intended without being part of a NT based church?
3. How can someone obey the one another commands, particularly those of unity and submission without being committed to a Body?
4. How should Biblical believers respond to cafeteria Christians? How can one be likeminded (1Cor 1:10) with the universal Body of Christ?
5. What can you do to get the most out of your participation in the Body of Christ? Is the Lord God pleased with your worship?
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