The Greatest Show (Easter Sunday)

Colossians 2:13-15 BSB 13When you were dead in your trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our trespasses, 14having canceled the debt ascribed to us in the decrees that stood against us. He took it [our debt] away, nailing it to the cross! 15And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Jesus’ death and resurrection was the greatest show ever.

It was the greatest show of MERCY

It was the greatest show of POWER

It was the greatest show of LOVE

Romans 5:8 “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Once More With Feeling: Worship

Worship: honoring God with our lives and expressing our love and affection for Him.

“Worship is the full-life response — head, heart, and hands — to who God is and what He has done.” ~ Chris Collins

True worship starts internally…
…but is expressed externally.

“You can do as many deeds as you want and go to as many church services as you want and never be worshiping if it is all external and nothing is happening in your heart toward God. All true worship is in essence a matter of the heart. It is more, but it is not less.” ~ John Piper

Barak (baw-rak’) bless, kneel or bow
Psalm 34:1 “I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

Tehillah (teh-hil-law’) – praise or adoration
Psalm 34:1 “I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

Halal (haw-lal’)– boast about, rave about
Psalm 34:2 “My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.”

Todah (to-daw’) – give thanks
Psalm 42:4 “These things I remember, as I pour out my soul…with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival.”

Shabach (shaw-bakh’) – commend him loudly (raise your voice)
Psalm 63:3 “Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.”

Yadah (yaw-daw’) – raise your hands
Psalm 42:5 “Why are you cast down, O my soul…? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

Zamar (zaw-mar’) – make music in praise of God
Psalm 27:6 “I will sing and make melody to the LORD.”

Portico Church in Oshkosh, WI