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.”

Once More With Feeling: Forgiveness

Forgiveness is choosing not to hold it against someone when they do you wrong.

Remember You have been Forgiven.
Psalm 103:8-12
1 John 1:9
Question: Is there something you need to be forgiven of?
Resolve to Forgive as God Forgave You.
Matthew 18:21-35
Matthew 6:14-15
Question: Is there someone you need to forgive?
Remind Yourself to Let This Go
Luke 17:5-6
Question: Is there bitterness you need to let go of?

#LipSync: Your Actions Matter

Big Idea: Your actions matter, so act like a Christian.

Romans 12 (full chapter)

1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Portico Church in Oshkosh, WI