This post is based on the notes I took during my pastor’s sermon about worship titled “Tell Me How.” You can watch the entire sermon here.
If you don’t attend a church on a regular basis, then you need to start. Worship is an important part of the Christian life. A church fellowship of believers is the perfect place to worship.
We learn about the first churches in the book of Acts. Did you know the disciples were first called Christians in the ancient city of Antioch?
And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas off to Antioch. Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord; for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord. And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. – Acts 11:21-26
For the next few weeks at my church, we are going to be learning about three areas of growth in the Christian life. They are visually explained to us ion the following diagram.
Today, we are talking about the first circle, gathering together in worship. The decision to attend a worship service is intentional. Sure, you might decide at the last minute to go, but you still made an intentional decision to go.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. Hebrews 10:23-25
Hebrews 10:23-25 teaches us to “stimulate one another to love and good deeds.” We are to “not forsake our own assembling together,” in other words, go to church. We are also to take part in “encouraging one another.”
Be an encourager!
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another . . . Hebrews 10:25 (NLT) Click To Tweet
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Points to Ponder Concerning Worship
Worship is our identity.
Everyone worships something. For some, whether they realize it or not, it might be money, fun, success, science, knowledge, beauty, popularity, love, sex, and so many other material things or ideas; but we were made to worship just One.
But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. – John 4:23
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