Worship and AssemblyBro. David Chancellor
7/19/2009 6:00 PM
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith, without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works; Not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
This talks about the assembling of ourselves together. It’s a voluntary assembly, but we don’t want to devalue it. We come together for the benefit that helps us through the rest of the week. It’s a time to provoke to good. It should stir us to love and good works, and should strengthen us in our walk with God. When we meet together our attention should be directed toward God. In our worship, everything we do should be directed toward God. When our attention is on God, that’s where the love and good works come from. We should be stirred to talk about God this week, and want to share what we got from Sunday. Our gathering should focus us on Christ.
And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again, Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.
And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me, and where I am, there shall also my servant be; if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. Now is my soul troubled: and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
These Greeks had come to Philip and asked to see Jesus. If Jesus would be glorified, people have to come with the thought, "We would see Jesus." Those that follow Jesus, he will be there and God will honor him. When we get focused on Jesus, God can speak to our hearts. We need for God to speak to us.
People need to look on Jesus and to consider him. In our worship we need to turn our eyes on Jesus and let our focus be there.
Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
Philip saith unto him, Lord shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe in me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do: because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
If we look on Jesus and he shows us the Father, it is sufficient. A good service is when you looked on Jesus and saw God and he was sufficient for you.
No matter what else goes on, if you didn’t come into God’s presence it wasn’t worship. The service should cause you to leave with your mind on God because you’ve been in his presence.
1 Corinthians 14:23-26
If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth. How is it then, brethren? When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
When the whole congregation comes together, it matters what goes on. We come together to focus on Jesus. These had their own psalm/doctrine/etc. and they were all "theirs." It was a service focused on promoting self.
We need to focus on Jesus. When we get focused on Jesus, he will be magnified and will appear clearly to those observing. It will bring him out where folks can clearly see him.
It doesn’t matter "who". We need to get beyond who was doing the work and focus on the what – Jesus Christ. Go out focused on and inspired by Jesus Christ. Be inspired to do good for Jesus. The good works are part of our worship. Our worship should draw us to God.
We want people to walk away from the worship with the realization that God was there. God’s people want him to be fresh on their minds. We want to keep thinking about him at home after church. We want ot leave the service with him reinforced in our minds.
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Worship in spirit and in truth. The wonder and knowledge of God should be there in all that we do. There should be a spiritual interaction between us and God. All of our worship should be focused on God. We don’t come to entertain. We need our attention drawn to Jesus. Our testimony should draw attention to Jesus. What is the focus of your testimony, you or Jesus? All we do should direct our attention toward Jesus and God. We want to contribute to worship, not distract from it.
Come and participate in worship. Get your focus on God. Worship doesn’t "just happen." Get your mind on Jesus before you come. Consider how you can lift him up. Come focused on Jesus. Pray before you come. Practice the song and focus on the words. Come prepared to worship. Be ready to focus on Jesus. Be responsible for your part in the service. Set aside the cares of life so that you can focus on worshiping God.
1 John 1:3
That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
"…and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." This is what worship is all about. We come together to share together with God and Jesus. We come so that we can all know God and Jesus better.
Our worship is about coming into his presence and enjoying his fellowship. We want people to come in and see God and draw close to him. We want people to come to know Jesus.