Discovering Your Place To Belong – Part 4

“DISCOVERING YOUR PLACE TO BELONG – Pt. 4”

INTRO: We’re all called to be planted in a local community of believers, resulting in flourishing (Ps. 92:13-14).

FOUR PARTS TO GETTING PLANTED:

  1. GO THERE (Deut. 12:5).
  2. GIVE THERE (Deut. 12:6; Mal. 3:10-12).
  3. EAT THERE (Deut. 12:7a).
  4. SERVE THERE (Deut. 12:7b; 1Pet. 4:10; Eph. 4:16; Heb. 10:24-25). In a functional family, each family member has and fulfills a function.

WORSHIP THERE.

  1. WHY SHOULD WE COME TOGETHER FOR WORSHIP?
    1. To respond to God’s invitation (Ps. 95:6; 5:7).
    2. To give God the glory due His name (Ps. 29:1-2; 66:1-2; 1Chron. 16:29).
      1. It’s primarily for Him, not us!
      2. Not “Did I like it?” but “Did God like it?”
      3. It’s not about Entertainment, Performance, Perfection, Personality, Preference, Tradition or Style!
    3. To praise Him for what He’s done and Who He is (Ps. 150:1-2; 66:1-3).
  2. HOW SHOULD WE WORSHIP?
    1. The way He wants to be worshiped!
    2. In spirit and in truth (Jn. 4:23-24).
      1. IN SPIRIT: from the inside out, yielded to the Spirit.
      2. IN TRUTH: genuinely, Jesus-focused (Jn. 14:6a) & Word-based (Jn. 17:17).

BIBLICAL WAYS TO WORSHIP:

Standing (Ps. 135:1-2), Singing (Ps. 47:6), Singing a new song (Ps. 149:1), With musical instruments (Ps. 150:3-5), Clapping hands (Ps. 47:1), Lifting hands (Ps. 134:2), Lifting our voices (Ps. 66:8), Shouting (Ps. 32:11), Dancing (Ps. 149:3; 150:4), Kneeling, bowing or laying prostrate (Ps. 95:6), With banners (Ps. 20:5), Loudly (Ps. 150:5; Ps. 33:3 ASV), and With the manifestations/gifts of the Spirit (1Cor. 14:15; 12:8-10; 14:12, 26b, 32-33, 40).