Sunday, July 09, 2017

WORSHIP: ACCEPTABLE TO GOD, Dan Mayfield

"1Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable (Gr. well-pleasing) to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable (well-pleasing) and perfect." - Romans 12

Worship that is conformed to this world, cannot be "well-pleasing" to God. Our minds need to be transformed to prove what is good, well-pleasing, and perfect to God.
What is worship and why is the Sunday assembly worship? 

I won't debate if everything we do is worship (it's not) but the most natural thing for Christians to do in the commanded assembly (Heb 10:25) is to pour out devotion to God who is worthy. We do so in prayer. We do so in song. We do so in the time we devote to hearing from God thru His word. We do so in the sober reflection of the cross in the meal. We do so in the sacrifice of money. These we do. To go beyond is to add and risk death.

IMPROPER WORSHIP - Not Acceptable Worship
" 8‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.
9‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’” - Mt 15
-- Without heart, guided by men's doctrines & not the Word.
"For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you." - Acts 17:23
-- Worshiping in ignorance, leads to false worship.
"Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh." Col. 2:23
-- Worship that is according to one's own will; not from God's will.
Worship can be vain. Worship can be ignorant. Worship can be will-worship. Nothing has changed. The sinful tendencies of man haven't changed. Cain perverted worship. He died. Nadab and Abihu perverted worship and he died. King Saul perverted worship and he....was deposed.
PROPER WORSHIP
"23 But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
-- Worship according to the Truth, and worship that's in spirit. Inward and outward, is pleasing worship to God.
If anyone is adding innovations to the worship of God, they should repent.

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