June 28, 2017 (H2BEC Worship pt 3)

3 Types of Worships 4:23

Inward- Who we are when no one is looking

Outward- How we respond in our actions

Upward- Praise and thanksgiving to God.

 

Inward-                “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” “The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching.” – John Wooden (most NC in NCAA B-ball)

Proverbs 4:23: Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

                Wellspring: an original and bountiful source of something.

                So, the heart is a bountiful source of life. If we are not guarding our hearts and allowing anything to invade it, it can be a wellspring of death.

2 Chronicles 16:9a  (NIV) 9 For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

Explanation of heart:

·         In both the Hebrew and the Greek, most of the time when they used the word heart it did not mean the organ. It meant the inner being of the person.

o   The seat of a person’s inner being, guiding motivation, or moral conscience. The mind, understanding, and underlying attitudes of human beings.

o   Human will, mind, emotion and soul or spirit. (In Greek, the term for heart, kardia, is never used for the physical organ but metaphorically only.

Matthew 10:37-39 (NIV) : 37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

·         These verses may be hard to digest, but Jesus is giving us the ultimate challenge. For us to truly follow Him, we must put him first over everything and everyone.

·         Jesus called us to be different from the rest of the world, to be His. He made the ultimate sacrifice for us. He came down from heaven, leaving His glory and came to earth to live a sinless life so that he could set the example that God desires and then he died for our sins so that we may be justified before God. Finally, he came back from the dead to show that He has victory over death, which gives us the promise of eternal life, if we follow him.




If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me. (v 39- Message)

·         The Message version boils it down to a very simple statement, if your desire is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But, if we look to Christ, we will find Him and ourselves. This is because our true nature is to worship God. Genesis 1:27 says that we were made in the image of God. Because of sin, that image is marred or distorted. Only when we follow Christ will we begin to look how God originally created us. We won’t ever full get there in this life but we have been called to strive for perfection.

So, for inward worship, it calls for three things:

·         Guard your heart from evil

·         Be committed to God

·        Put God first in your life over everyone and everything else

Outward Worship:

4 ways for outward worship:

·         Sharing the Gospel

o   Matthew 28:19-20: Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

o   Matthew 10:32-33: 32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

·         Helping others

o   Matthew 10:42: And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”

·         Giving to those in need

o   Matthew 25:40: “The King will reply, truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

o   2 Corinthians 9:7: Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

·         Not Causing other Christians to stumble:

o   Romans 14:13: 13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.

§  Putting other people before yourself, in actions. This means that if there is something that you don’t feel convicted about but it causes someone else to sin, you are sinning. (Paul and the meat)

Upward Worship:

·         Philippians 4:12-13: 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.

·         Psalm 34:1-3: I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together

o   AT ALL TIMES

§  How much would it resonate with the world if even when something terrible happens to us or someone we love, that we can still praise God? It would turn their world upside down and show the depths of your faith in God.

o   Being thankful to God even in the hard times and praising Him even through suffering, is the epitome of upward worship. It is easy to worship God when times are good, but when things look dark and we can’t seem to find a way out, that is when

Conclusion:

·         1 Thessalonians 5:12-18: Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you.13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

·         For our worship to be where God desires, we need to make sure that all aspects of our life are pointed towards Him. Inward, outward and upward worship should start with our love for God and not ourselves.  

 

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