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Break the Ice Worship Conference
Prepared by Pastor Rodel Catuy / Nov. 20, 2010
INTRO: To live a life of worship, we need to know first what worship really is… What is Worship? “Worship” comes from the Greek word “proskuneo” NT: > “proskuneo” - means “to kiss the hand toward, to do reverence orhomage by kissing the hand; to bow one’s self in adoration.” It is used to signify humble adoration. ‘latreuo’ - ‘rendering honor,’ ‘paying homage’ *both terms carry the idea of giving. Derivation of “proskuneo”: Originally, it is Greek word for dog which implies “to kiss like a dog licking his master’s hand.” Reflection: Dog staring to his master. (implies “waiting”) Insights: We should cultivate the habit of staring at God, So that when He stirs, we are aware of it. This consuming, selfless desire to give God is the essence and heart of worship. It begins with the giving first of ourselves, and then of our attitudes, and then of our possessions – until worship is a way of life. I. A lifestyle of worship is a sacrificed life completely surrendered to God (Rom. 12:1).
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.
There are two great passions in the universe:
1. God’s passion to be glorified, and 2. Man’s passion to be satisfied.
However these two need not to conflict. They can come to simultaneous fulfillment in worship, because God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him alone. The doctrine of worship in the Bible has a four-part foundation: a.) Worship must be done in love. No love – no worship (1Cor. 13). b.) Worship is always accompanied by humility and reverent fear (Isaiah 66:2). c.) Worship is commanded by God (Luke 10:27; 2 Chron. 29:25). d.) Worship involves surrendering our entire life as an offering to God (Romans 12:1).
II. A lifestyle of worship means giving God our best (2 Samuel 24:24).
But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them.
Colossians 3:23> This is the secret of the lifestyle of worship – doing everything as if you were doing it for Jesus . The Message paraphrase says, “… take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. (Romans 12:1). Work becomes worship when you dedicate it to God and perform it with an awareness of His presence. But the context of this ‘lifestyle’ is best seen in Scripture as “walking in the newness of life” (Romans 6:4b). III. A lifestyle of worship means an ongoing transformation/repentance (2 Cor. 3:18).
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
A. Worship Is A Choice. (John 4:23,24) B. The Worshiper. A worshiper is one who allows the Holy Spirit to transform his/her heart and life through an act of worship, turning worship into more than just a religious activity. The worshiper’s general view of life could be stated: “My life belongs to God and what I do in worship to God is a reflection of who I am, but more importantly, whose I am.” Paul’s concern: 2 Corinthians 11:3
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
IV. A lifestyle of worship means living closer to God (Psalm 27:4)
One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
A. Worship is Giving More Than A Song. Refer to PDL Book page 106: Matt Redman’s ‘Heart of Worship’ B. Worship Is Sitting At His Feet. (Luke 10:38-42)
Lk 10:41 Lk 10:42
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
A.W. Tozer:“Worship acceptable to God is the missing crown jewel in evangelical Christianity.”