Monday, January 12, 2015

Real Worship

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:1-2
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.

Insights: It has been two weeks since my last blog, but I am now back on schedule.  Today’s Thoughts by Scott is a reminder of last year and an explanation as to where we are going this year as a church.  Last year we strived to get into the Bible and relay the foundation of our faith.  Every decision and action we take ought to be driven by the truth found in God’s Word.  It is through our time in the Scriptures that we begin to know God and have our relationship with Him grow.  As our relationship grows it leads us into our focus this year: worship!  I have titled our sermon series this year REAL Worship.  The word REAL is an acrostic and will consist of four mini sermon series.  I introduced the R yesterday and over the next several weeks we will be examining this truth through the book of 1 Peter.  Our REAL Worship ought to be Relevant in our lives.  If we can continue in God’s Word and let our relationship with the Lord increase, it will result in worship.  If we are worshipping, then we will be compelled to serve.  It is a truthful cycle that we live.  If we are not growing in the Lord, then we are not worshipping.  If we are not worshipping, then we are not serving and vice versa.  It is for this reason, therefore, that throughout this calendar year we are going to focus on Worship and what it means and looks like in our lives.  Today’s verses in Thoughts by Scott are just the introductory words explaining that Peter is the author of the book and his salutation to his readers as he points them to the Lord God.  It is my prayer that this year will be the year FBCBG breaks through the shackles of form and stagnation and truly worships the Lord to greater service and devotion to Him.  May He send a revival fire that spurs us on to worship and honor for His glory!

1.  Are you aware that your works come out of your worship?
2.  In what ways have you withheld your worship from the Lord?

Prayer: Father, forgive me for my selfishness and lack of worship.  I truly desire to be a whole hearted worshipper of You.  Let Your grace fall on me and lead me into the paths of righteousness.  Amen.

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