Tag Archive: worship

02
Dec

Advent Conspiracy: Worship Fully

The invitation to join Advent Conspiracy is not an invitation to be angry at people who are doing it wrong or to throw out everything about our current Christmas. If those things make us angry or frustrated, then maybe we are the ones doing it wrong. Instead, it’s an invitation to return to the manger, where the Christ-child resides, and marvel at the magnitude of the gift, no matter how strongly our culture or even our families may try to pull us away. How will we do that? Advent Conspiracy offers four suggestions: Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, Love Always.

We begin with Worship Fully because it is the lens through which we see the whole advent season. Mary shows us the way here as she sets us on the right course to meet Jesus again during this season. She expresses her true worship by literally being willing to give her whole self to God’s plan for our redemption. Mary’s song is known as the Magnificat because she magnifies God, pointing to Him as she worships and confesses His great love for and future deliverance of the oppressed.

Let’s start there and begin to think about what “worship fully” means and how we can apply that concept to help us fully appreciate and experience this Advent season.

Scripture references:

Luke 1:46-55; Romans 12:1,2; John 4:24

07
Oct

Feed Me: Worship

The word “worship” has become a buzzword in the Christian church. We attend worship. We listen to worship. We’ll say that worship was great some days, or that worship was off on others. We may consider that worship is just a Sunday thing. But that’s not what we see in scripture! It isn’t about music. It’s not about a group of people. It’s not a place that we go, or a service that we attend. Worship is a verb. It’s a response. In fact, worship is a response that affects every aspect of our daily lives.

This word “response” infers that it doesn’t begin with us! To respond to something, means that there was an action taken by something or someone outside of the one responding, first. In other words, in order to have a response, there first had to be an outside stimulus! So, worship is our response to four things: 1) who God is, 2) what God has done, 3) what God is doing in our lives, today, and (4) what God is going to do for us.

As we better understand the nature of God (that he is all-powerful, yet humble – even dangerous, yet full of grace and love), the more we respond in true worship to who he is. As we better understand the Gospel (the gift of Jesus Christ the Word, fully man and fully God), the more we respond in true worship to what he has done for us. The more in tune with realizing the work God has done, the more observant we are in seeing what He is doing in our lives, today. Finally, the more we understand the eternal hope that we have for the future (that Christ will return and will not leave us in our current state), the more we respond in true worship to what God is going to do for us.

Digging deeper:

Isaiah 40:28-31; Psalm 19:1-4; Psalm 100; John 1; 4:24; Philippians 2:6-8; 1 Corinthians 15; Romans 1:20;

Do something about it:

(1) Take a closer look at the every day things you do and ask God to point out opportunities for worship. (2) Expand your idea of worship, by taking time to recognize what God has done in his creation around you. (3) In response to who God is, what He has done for you, and because of the promise of what he is going to do for you, find time to READ, PRAY, FAST, SERVE and in all of this, truly Worship our Creator.