Monday, September 27, 2010

Give God the Right Kind of Worship

Music Sunday
Rev. James Wong

We are living in a ‘music loving’ generation. An iPod can store 20,000 songs. Young people don’t use mobile phones that can’t play music. That tells a lot about our younger generation’s taste for music. In the Psalms we read that in their worship they used drums, loud trumpets, tambourines, cymbals and various types of string instruments. That sounds like contemporary music to me.

1. The Place and Mode of Worship is irrelevant
19 "Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem." 21 Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. ~John 4:19-21 (NIV)

2. God is Only Looking For One Type of worshiper
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. ~John 4:23 (NIV)

3. There is Only One Condition In worship
“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth." ~John 4:24 (NIV)

The Holy Spirit prays for us
“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don't know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” ~Rom 8:26 (NLT)

The Holy Spirit teaches us the Word of Christ
“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” ~John 14:26 (NIV)

The Holy Spirit tells us the love of God
“For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” ~Rom 5:5 (NLT)

Jesus is the focus of our worship
“Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” ~John 14:6 (NIV)

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