Our Vision: WORSHIP
This coming Sunday we’ll be celebrating the 21 year anniversary of Calvary Chapel of Wilmington, and this week I’ve been posting about why we exist as a church. Today’s topic…
WORSHIP: We will worship God, and Him alone.
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth – John 4:24
The observer may ask, “What does it mean to worship God?” That’s not a simple question to answer, as worship is multifaceted. But we could start out by saying that worship is not “what we do before the teaching at church.” Yes worship is occurring during that time, but worship is the result, not the activity.
Worship is a matter of the spirit
Simply put, we cannot worship God “in spirit” if the Holy Spirit of God does not reside in us. The bible tells us:
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? – 1 Corinthians 6:19
The person who attempts to worship God without the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit is simply performing a ritual. It may be well intentioned, but it is not worship. Worship requires the presence of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said:
He [the Holy Spirit] will glorify me, for He will take what is mine and declare it to you. – John 16:14
Worship is a matter of the mind
Make no mistake, we must choose to worship God, and we cannot choose to worship that which we do not know. This is why knowing God’s word is so important, as the more we learn about God, the more we realize that He is truly worthy to be praised.
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth; yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
– 1 Chronicles 16:28-31
Worship is a matter of the heart
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
– Psalm 51:17
Perhaps the best-known worshiper in the bible was King David, which is interesting because King David was far from being the “perfect Christian.” David was an admitted adulterer and murderer (read 2 Samuel 11 & 12).
But you see it wasn’t David’s performance that made him a true worshiper; it was his heart for God. Yes David blew it, but David had a repentant heart before the Lord. That’s where Psalm 51 emanated from; it’s the worship song of a man who was broken before God because of his sin.
“But wait,” the observer may say, “worship seems to be an individual thing, so how can we say, “At Calvary Chapel of Wilmington, we will worship God, and Him alone?”
It means that as a church…
#1 – We will share the gospel message of Jesus Christ, and give people the opportunity to accept Him as Lord and Savior, and receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:28)
#2 – We will teach people about God, from the Holy Scriptures, so that they can fully know Christ (Philippians 3:10)
#3 – We will set the example of a people who, while imperfect, are humble before God, needing the grace of God in our lives each and every day. (Psalm 51:17)
We can change the world, one life at a time…