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Why Worship?

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Why do you attend any period of worship? That may seem an unnecessary question! But your answer will explain why you feel as you do about that time of worship (good or bad), and also it may explain why you attend as often or as infrequently as you do. Many engage in "spectator worship." They attend in the same fashion as they go to a ball game or some form of entertainment. They do not feel personally involved. They have come to RECEIVE! Then if the songs are not the ones they like to sing, or the preacher happens not to be as polished or as interesting in his delivery, they find themselves bored and "getting nothing out of it." Thus they dread to return, and when they do come it is mostly out of compulsion of conscience.

I. What Is Worship?

A. "The Act Of Paying Reverence, Adoration, Or Homage To God." (Winston Dictionary)

1. "Worship" is translated from four Greek words:

a. Proskuneo -- "to kiss the hand towards"; to make obeisance, do reverence. The act of homage, John 4:24.

b. Sebomai -- to revere, stressing feeling of awe, Matt. 15:9

c. Latreuo -- to serve, to render religious service, homage, Phil. 3:3.

d. Eusebeo -- to act piously towards, Acts 17:23,

2. Each of these words express action one does toward God. Worship is an external act motivated by an internal feeling. It is not what one receives but rather what he gives to God!

B. We Must Worship In Spirit And Truth, John 4:24.

1. "In Spirit" signifies that bodily presence alone is not all that is important. Our coming together may bring us a step closer to hell than heaven if we fail to worship from the heart, I Cor. 11:17,27-29.

2. "In Truth;" signifies that more than the emotion of the heart is important. What we do as well as how we do it matters with God, Matt. 15:7-9; Rom. 10:1-3.



 

What Must I Do To Be Saved?

No question is more important than this. We make many important decisions in life regarding matters such as education, marriage, and occupation. But none is as transcending as that which affects our soul's eternity (Matt. 16:26).

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"Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?"

Luke 9:23-25