Section 1: “Becoming a Disciple” Session 3: “Public Worship”
“Worship is ENJOYING AND HONORING THE PRESENCE OF GOD.”
- Last Week: Privately
- Today: Publicly
How do we enjoy and honor His presence among us together?
PEOPLE FILLED IN PRIVATE WORSHIP
OVERFLOW WHEN TOGETHER!
I Cor. 6:19-20 You are not your own; you were bought at a price.
– Worship starts with ownership
Rom. 12:4-5 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others… (Gifting)
I Cor. 12:12-27 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body… (no part can say to another, “I don’t need you” or “I don’t belong to the body”) so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; If one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
Eph. 4:16 & 29 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work… Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only that which is helpful for building others up… that it may benefit those who listen.
Rom. 14:13 & 19 … let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way… make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
- God is everywhere, including “side conversations”… Honoring or “violent” to His Body?
Psalm 34:3 (RSV) O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!
- God is everywhere… draw positive attention to him!
John 12:32 I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself
Col. 1:24-25 I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. I have become its servant… (Gospel “mystery” revealed to Gentiles)
- His hands and feet… to the lost, and to each other (“SENT”)
Rom. 15:5-6 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Public worship is to bring people together who are being restored in their private worship (intimacy with God, correction, revelation & vision) into the context of His Body to mutually encourage the process in each other!
PEOPLE “WELL FED” IN PRIVATE WORSHIP CAN “BE” FOR OTHERS IN PUBLIC WORSHIP.
(I Cor. 11:17-22 & 33-34)
NEXT WEEK: OBSERVING THE SACRAMENTS