Worship Evangelism

by Pastor Mike Stine

There is a worship debate in many churches today.  Perhaps your own church is one of them.  In these churches there are two factions.  One side wishes to uphold the rich traditions of the church and that it holds dear.  The other side believes that those traditions are outdated and are unable to reach the lost and dying world that we live in today.  The debate quickly spins out of control and into “he said, she said” type of argument.  At the end of the day, the actual glorification of the Almighty is pushed to the back of everyone’s minds if not forgotten altogether.

Both sides have their points.  The church is meant to worship.  Our Sunday morning service is typically called a worship service.  Also, the Bible instructs us to reach the lost with the message of Christ crucified for our sins.  What these two sides don’t realize is that both can be accomplished in one church service and the argument of traditional vs. contemporary does not even have to be brought up.

Every week the church meets and unbelievers are among us.  Some have sat in the sanctuary for years and don’t even realize that they’re still lost.  Others have wandered into the church for the first time.  Why do these people come to church?  With the rare exception of some large churches, these people did not come simply to be entertained, because the church has excellent music, or great dramas.  These people are in church in an attempt to fulfill an unsatisfied need.

We live in a very spiritual age.  It is much like the age about which Paul tells young Timothy.  People have a form of godliness, yet deny its power.  Being religious is an accepted and respectable thing still.  The majority of people in America still claim to be Christians.  The problem comes when they are expected to act like Christians.  These people are in our churches every week.  They are drawn fill a void in their lives that they can’t fill with anything else.  These people cannot worship God however, because they do not know Him.

If you took a survey of why unbelievers came to church, you’d find that very few people came because of the worship style.  Churches with a particular worship style may grow, but it is not necessarily from people getting saved, but rather from people switching churches.

So why does worship matter at all in respect to the unbeliever?  It matters a great deal because it is the one time when they get to see God at work in the lives of many Christians at once.  The pastor gets his chance to preach the gospel to the unbelievers in the church, but it is during worship that the lost see the difference that the gospel makes.

If believers are truly worshipping God, there is tremendous power behind that.  When believers come together in worship, there is a unity that cannot be found in the workplace, in politics, on television, or anywhere else.  There is a sense of purpose that is shown through the worshippers.  Any nonbeliever who is a witness to this is going to ask themselves from where this sense of purpose and unity comes.  The answer is in Jesus Christ.  These lost souls who have wandered into our churches looking for something to fill the emptiness in themselves are going realize that they’ve found what they been looking for.

The answer does not lie in a particular style of worship.  Nonbelievers do not enter the church because they heard great things about the worship there.  They may stay because they find entertainment in the church.  They will stay if they see people with changed lives who enjoy worshipping God.

The responsibility is ultimately on the congregation and not the worship planning committee.  No matter what style of worship is used in the church, if unbelievers do not discover what they are searching for in it, they probably won’t stick around.  Odds are, they can find better entertainment somewhere else.  However, if the people of the church make an effort worship God with their full being every Sunday, it will be noticed by the outsiders looking in.  That is how evangelism is accomplished through worship.  It has nothing to do with debates over styles but everything to do with giving God all of the glory that He deserves.

Worship

by Tony Abram
Psalm 100:1-5

(Psa 100:1 KJV) A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
(Psa 100:2 KJV) Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
(Psa 100:3 KJV) Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
(Psa 100:4 KJV) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
(Psa 100:5 KJV) For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Verse 4 “bless’ this Hebrew word is “berak” a act of worship to God. It has the meaning to kneel.

Worship has the ideal of adoration, admiration and intense love.

Hallelujah = Praise Jehovah

I. There is an order in Praise ad Worship.

(Psa 95:1 KJV) O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
(Psa 95:2 KJV) Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
(Psa 95:3 KJV) For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
(Psa 95:4 KJV) In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.
(Psa 95:5 KJV) The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.
(Psa 95:6 KJV) O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

Notice the order of things.
1. Come before Him with singing-make a joyful noise.
2. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, courts with praise.
3. Then, worship and bow down.

II. Praise and Worship touches our Spirit, Soul and Body.

1. We were created with a spirit, soul and body
2. We use our entire being to worship God

A. Spirit
(John 4:23 KJV) But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
1. Remember, you are a spirit, you were created in the image of God. God is a spirit. You must worship Him in spirit and in truth. You have a soul, and when your soul ad spirit agree, your body will respond

B. Soul
When we make up our minds and choose to enter into praise then our soul gets involved.

1. Praise begins in the soul realm. The soul is made up of the will of man, the mind and the emotions.

a. That’s why we need to have God renew our minds.
(Rom 12:2 KJV) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

C: Body
(Rom 12:1 KJV) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
1. Your body is good not bad, it’s the house of the Holy Spirit.
(1 Cor 6:19 KJV) What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
(1 Cor 6:20 KJV) For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

III. Praise and Worship demands we use our heart not our head.

A. Head worship verses Heart Worship
B. Heart worship is the resulted of the recreated spirit.
C. Out of that right standing or relationship that begins in the spirit then the soul gets involved.
D. Then our mind, the emotions, the will of man.
E. Our minds need to renewed. They need a Holy Spirit transformation.
(Mat 26:41 KJV) Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

1. When we worship God, God the creator, the Spirit of God renews and changes our minds and opens our spirit.
2. Will we connect with the Father through our spirit or will we allow our feelings to lead us???
3.Our emotions are to fully expressed and released in order and decency according to God’s Word-But they must be released.
4. The body gives expression. In fact, He commands us to express ourselves and in so doing he’s really inviting us to enjoy Him. God enjoys us enjoying Him.

IV. Praise and Worship honors God not man.

A. We do not express these ways to be seen of men.
1. We want God to see them.

B. Some people are afraid of what others may think.
1. They are consumed with the fear of man.
(Gal 1:10 KJV) For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
(Col 4:12 KJV) Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
(Acts 5:29 KJV) Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
(1 Sam 15:22 KJV) And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
(John 14:15 KJV) If ye love me, keep my commandments.
(John 14:23 KJV) Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

V. Praise and Worship is faith in action.

A. Remember that God has commanded us to praise Him. It’s not a suggestion.
B. So if we please God we must use faith. Praise is faith in action.
C. Praise is not a cure all.
D. It is not a formula to manipulate God. It is a lifestyle of the believer.
E. As we lift Him up our faith begins to magnify Him and our problems begin looking smaller and smaller.

(1 Pet 2:9 KJV) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
(1 Pet 2:10 KJV) Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
It is something we live everyday. Our application of daily praise in faith will cause the word to produce in our lies. Praise is faith in action. Faith and works together produces life.
(Acts 16:25 KJV) And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
Praise is an act of faith. Paul decided to let his faith go in praise and worship.

We decide to agree with God’s Word.
We decide to give thanks in all things.
Our decision to agree with the Word will always produce fruit, whether, in worship service or on your job, In your home or wherever you are. You must have faith to please God.

VI. Singing

There are 575 scriptures admonishing us to sing. More on singing than speaking.

The first reference in the Word to singing as worship to God was the result of the deliverance of God’s people through the Red Sea.
(Exo 15:1 KJV) Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. (Exo 15:2 KJV) The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him a habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him. (Exo 15:3 KJV) The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. (Exo 15:4 KJV) Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea. (Exo 15:5 KJV) The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone. (Exo 15:6 KJV) Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy. (Exo 15:7 KJV) And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble. (Exo 15:8 KJV) And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea. (Exo 15:9 KJV) The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them. (Exo 15:10 KJV) Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.
(Exo 15:11 KJV) Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? (Exo 15:12 KJV) Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them. (Exo 15:13 KJV) Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation. (Exo 15:14 KJV) The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina.
(Exo 15:15 KJV) Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away. (Exo 15:16 KJV) Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased. (Exo 15:17 KJV) Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established. (Exo 15:18 KJV) The LORD shall reign forever and ever. (Exo 15:19 KJV) For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea, and the LORD brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.

A. God choose this as the first time to mention praise because of the law of first appearance-the first time something appears in the bible is important and has special meanings.

1. The people were filled with praise because He triumphed gloriously,

2.I will prepare Him a habitation.

3. This song declares God is Lord over our lives.

4. When we submit to Jesus’ lordship, we’ll give him our worship.

5. It is possible to be so active in the service of Christ as to forget to love him.

6. The word worship is a shortened form of the old word worthship, which means showing God the worth he holds in your life.

7.Fellowship with a holy God will produce holy living.

8. Some people think Sunday is Funday.

Worship – Part 2

Exodus 34:14

by Paul George

In order for our worship to be pleasing to God, it must be according to the principles set down in the Bible. In Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman, the principles of worship are clearly established. First, the woman believed that the central place where God was to be worshiped was on Mount Gerizim (John 4:20). Although she, as a Samaritan, looked for the coming Messiah, she worshiped in considerable ignorance for the Samaritans rejected all the Old Testament books save those books of Moses, called the Pentateuch. Even these Scriptures were altered to conform to the Samaritan preoccupation with Mount Gerizim. Second, in the conversation with the woman Jesus reveals the essential principles of worship.

God Is the Initiatory of True Worship

The words of our Lord to the Samaritan woman indicate that it is the Father who actively seeks true worshipers (John 4:23). God has initiated our worship of Himself in several ways. First, He has revealed Himself to us in human flesh, in the person of Jesus Christ. When men recognized Him as God’s Messiah, they worshiped Him (John 9:35-38). Secondly, He has accomplished redemption through the work of Jesus Christ. The sin that alienated us from God, Jesus paid the penalty for sin by His death on the cross. Third, He has given us the written word that instructs us in true worship.

God Is the Enabler of Acceptable Worship

Just as God has initiated worship, He enables us to worship Him through the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26; Philippians 3:3).

God Is the Object of Acceptable Worship

All acceptable worship is God-centered. Worship is God-centered when we focus our worship on God, His perfection, and His desire for praise and adoration. All too often, we try to modernize worship, to update it and make it more meaningful and relevant to us. Our worship should be relevant and meaningful to us, but we must see that worship is first for God’s sake rather than our own. When we place the emphasis of our worship on what God will do for us rather than upon our duty of devotion to God our worship is not God-centered.

Acceptable Worship Is Worship in Spirit

The Samaritan woman, as did many Jews, thought that worship was essentially a matter of externals. She was preoccupied with a central place of worship: “this mountain” (verse 20). The Jews thought of worship in terms of sacrifices, rituals, observances and holy days. The essence of true worship is internal, in spirit, not external. God is a spirit being; thus, we must worship consistent with His nature.

Israel’s worship under the Law consisted of many ceremonies and rituals, but even then, God was concerned with what went on in the spirit of those who worshiped. Repeatedly the outward forms and motions of worship were condemned by the prophets (Isaiah 1:10-17; 29:13; Matthew 15:8-9; Mark 7:6-7). This is why an unbeliever can never worship God; his spirit has never been quickened. He is dead in his trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1).

Even today there is a great emphasis on externals, stained-glass windows and magnificent cathedrals, massive choirs and expensive organs, the eloquent oratory, the dignity of liturgy and so on, rather than communion with God in our spirits, as the Holy Spirit works to communicate between our spirit and God’s (1 Corinthians 2:10ff.).

Acceptable Worship is Worship in Truth

As countless others, the Samaritan woman worshiped in ignorance; she worshiped “what she knew not” (vs. 22). Acceptable worship can never be that which we deem best; it must be a response to the divine self-disclosure of God. Our Lord Jesus personified God’s truth (John 14:6) and so men could worship Him in truth. If our worship of God is not firmly based on the truth of God revealed in the Scriptures, it is unacceptable to God.

There Is Freedom in Worship in Our Age

One of the contrasts between the worship of our age and that under the Law is the freedom that we are given.

The perfect church service would be one were our attention would have been on God and not the service. The perfect church service would be one were the focus would be on God and not entertainment. The perfect service would be one where the charge to Peter would be fulfilled, “Feed my sheep.”

Worship Is Our Highest Calling

“Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully enjoy Him forever.” Worship is the occupation of eternity.

May God help us to worship Him in spirit and truth.