Today, we’ll talk about two elements of worship that lead to two products and ultimately two challenges. We’ll read passages out of the old and new testaments. But by the end of today’s lesson – I hope you’ll be inspired to go forth praising God and sharing His great name with everyone you meet.
I. INTRODUCTORY THOUGHTS:
- When you visit Yellowstone National Park, where is the first place you want to visit?
- How did you feel the first time you visited Old Faithful? A similar dynamic should occur when we worship.
II. PSALM 40.3 – TWO ELEMENTS OF WORSHIP:
- Psalm 40.3a – Celebration. It wasn’t just any song he was singing – it was a new song.
- Psalm 40.3b – Proclamation.
- 40.3b – many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. We proclaim the mightiness of our God.
III. TWO PRODUCTS OF WORSHIP:
- Spiritually lost people can be drawn to Jesus by our worship. It can be like a magnet.
- 1 Corinthians 14.24b-25: that he/she would be called to account by all, the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.
- John 12.32 – When I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.
- Psalm 57.9-11 – There is an evangelistic connection that arises from honest and heartfelt worship. See Psalm 18.49/Romans 15.9; Psalm 96.3; 138.4-5; 145.10-12; 2 Samuel 22.50
- The saved are sent out to share Jesus after worship:
- Isaiah 6.1-8 – concentrate on 6.1, 5, 8. Isaiah was commissioned to go speak for the people only after Isaiah saw and heard God. Here I am! Send Me!
- Matthew 28.16-20 – the Great Commission is the reason for our existence.
- 28.17 – the disciples saw Jesus and they worshipped.
- 28.19-20 – From that (worship), they were called to go to all nations and represent Jesus.
- Acts 2.1-41: Day of Pentecost: Worship THEN sharing Jesus.
III. TWO CHALLENGES FOR WORSHIPERS
- Come to celebrate. Tell others about your experience.
- ➞ WORSHIP ➞ Where are you inside this diagram?
- In reality, God wants you to live on both sides of the word worship.
- Worship is the goal of evangelism and evangelism is the fruit of worship. (Gerrit Gustafson)
- Rick Ezell: Just as one experiences God, they cannot wait to tell others about Him. Be a worshipper. Be a witness. Be one drawn into God’s presence, but also be one sent out into the world.