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Sermons in “Worship”

A Living Sacrifice

As we bring our series on worship to a close, we are reminded that worship is more than a weekly service that we attend, a song that we sing, or a prayer that we offer. Worship encompasses our entire lives. We are called to offer our lives as a gift to the Lord, seeking to honor Him each and every day.

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Songs, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs

While there is no chapter or verse in Scripture that lays out a specific order of service for churches to follow, when we gather to worship, we gain insight by studying how the early church worshiped the Lord. Whether one is in the city of Colossae in 61 A.D., or in Ada, Ohio in 2016, there are essential elements that we would expect to find in any Christian worship service.

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Drawing Near in Worship

In the Old Testament, Israel’s worship was centered around the priesthood, the sacrifices, and the temple. The Lord dwelt among them, but they could only draw so close. Today, Christ has opened the way for us to connect with God in a deeper way, becoming a better priest, offering a better sacrifice, and opening a better entrance for us to draw close to God.

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Worship from the Heart

What kind of worship pleases God? Scripture shows us that there is an essential element that we cannot forget, if our lives of praise are going to bring glory to our Savior. We must worship from the heart. Going through the motions is not enough. God wants our whole heart.

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An Unlikely Sanctuary

When good things happen in life, our natural response is to rejoice. We praise God, and thank Him for the blessings He has shown. But what about in times of adversity or sorrow, when the world is falling apart and our heart is breaking? Is it possible to sing songs of praise in those times of darkness? Scripture shows us that God is worthy of our praise all the time, and worship has a way of changing our perspective.

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Worthy of Praise

As we begin a series on worship, we start with the question of why human beings should give glory to God. The simple answer is that He is worthy of all our praise. He is the holy God, existing for all eternity. He created all things, including you and I, and He is also the one who redeems us. These are just a few reasons why God alone is worthy of all our praise.

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