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John is the under-shepherd of Agape International Church & Ministries Inc, Antioch, California and the President of Agape International Ministries Foundation, Inc (www.agapebfm.net) John has been a Preacher, Bible Teacher, Counselor and a mission-minded servant of God from 1984 till the present time. Married to Alice since 1987, he enjoys being a father to 2 sons and 1 daughter. He is available to preach, participate in evangelistic crusades and revivals, lead or participate in a Marriage Enrichment program internationally. John preaches on a weekly radio broadcast called "KNOW THE TRUTH" (Based on John 8:32)and the broadcast is aired every Sunday at Radio KDIA 1640AM. The broadcast is also accessible through the website of the radio station: www.kdia.com. You can follow him on twitter @agapebfm

Sunday, January 27, 2013

How to be a Worship-Driven Church

What Are We Here for?

How to be a Worship-Driven Church

January 20, 2013

Memory Verse: Psalm 34:3 (NKJV) Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.
Text: John 4:19–24

 Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”-- Westminster Shorter Catechism


Definition of Worship:
 Worship is reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power; also: an act of expressing such reverence” --Merriam-Webster

 “Anything you do that brings pleasure to God is an act of worship.” --Rick Warren

Worship is “the celebration of God’s existence.”—Professor Yesuf Ameh Obaje

First, worship must be our lifestyle and not just a menu item
Psalm 95:1–7; 1 Corinthians 10:31

Second, worship must be done gladly and in reverence to God
Psalm 100:1–2; Psalm 34:3

Third, worship must be God-centered
Isaiah 42:8; Psalm 115:1; 1 Peter 4:11; 1 Chronicles 16:29; Luke 4:8; Psalm 29:2; John 4:20–22

“The most common mistake Christians make in worship today is seeking an experience rather than seeking God.”—Rick Warren

Illustration: “If you limit worship to where you are, the minute you leave that place of worship you will leave your attitude of worship behind like a crumpled-up church bulletin.”--Tony Evans

Fourth, our worship must done whole -heartedly
Deuteronomy 6:5; Romans 6:13; Joshua 5:13–15

“The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves. We are still trying to give orders, and interfering with God’s work within us.”—A.W. Tozer

“The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become—because he made us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be…. It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.”—C.S. Lewis.

 “Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by his holiness; the nourishment of mind with his truth; the purifying of imagination by his beauty; the opening of the heart to his love; the surrender of will to his purpose -- and all of this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable and therefore the chief remedy for that self-centeredness which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin.”-- William Temples

Fifth, Worship must be done genuinely
Psalm 16:11; John 4:23–24; Malachi 1:9–10