Recently I observed an advertisement for a bank and it was a industrial that talked about how their new design and style was “banking reimagined.” It was not the common banking atmosphere. It was comprehensive with a coffee shop, contemporary seating, and appeared to be far more of a lounge than a bank. It is really frequent inside evangelical circles to hear individuals speaking about how they have reimagined church or reimagined worship. This usually suggests they have redesigned it for a contemporary audience with a fresh new appear or goal. It would do us properly to don’t forget that God does not require our imagination to repackage worship. He has provided us all the things we require in the Scriptures in order to detail they way in which God must be approached in worship.
The Archbishop of Canterbury (William Temple) in the 1440s described the goal and functionality of worship. He mentioned, “To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the thoughts with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the enjoy of God, to devote the will to the goal of God.” In other words, when we are impacted, changed, and beneficiaries as a outcome of worship—we should view worship as mostly centered upon God.
The main audience for our worship is God himself. It is not the congregation, due to the fact the congregation is named by God to engage as participants in worship. It is not the seeker who is coming searching for God, for that individual does not genuinely exist. The accurate seeker is God himself. Consequently, in our weekly worship as a gathered church—our worship is provided up to God considering that he alone is the main audience. Consequently, that suggests that we should take our worship of God seriously.
Our Aim is to Please God
Several pastors aim to please individuals, and typically unbelieving individuals, in the way in which they design and style their weekly worship. This previous week, Ed Young who serves as the pastor of Fellowship Church in Texas, redesigned the worship center of their church to appear like a basketball court. He named it, “March Madness” and he invited a specialist dunker to come and execute dunks on stage. It was broadly advertised on the web and Ed Young spoke prior to the congregation with a basketball in his hand the whole service.
Several pastors have gone the route of pleasing individuals rather than pleasing God. They have turn into entertainers rather than preachers of God’s Word. In search of to entertain individuals, they have turned their backs on the central priority of worship which is to please God. Church has turn into a platform for their character, their results, and their most recent gimmicks are created to bring in individuals who would not usually attend church. In their try to entertain goats, the sheep are starving to death. With their target of pleasing individuals, they fail to please God.
Have you deemed the aim of your worship service every week? As a participant in the contact to worship, the singing, the praying, and the preaching—what is your aim? What about the Lord’s Table—what is your aim? Rather than pleasing yourself—the central aim of our worship must be to please God. The Psalmist writes these words in Psalm 50:23, “The a single who presents thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me.”
Our Worship is an Supplying to God
If our aim is to please God, we should not overlook that our worship is an providing to God. In Romans 12:1-two, Paul writes these words to the church in Rome:
I appeal to you consequently, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this planet, but be transformed by the renewal of your thoughts, that by testing you might discern what is the will of God, what is great and acceptable and ideal.
We would do properly to don’t forget that it was hugely probable that the letter of Romans was study aloud to the gathered church on the Lord’s Day soon after becoming sent by the hand of Paul. Envision if we applied Romans 12:1-two to our corporate worship solutions how issues would modify. We should see our worship on a weekly basis as an offering—not a functionality. We are not performers searching for to entertain God, we are worshippers searching for to please God.
When we study Exodus and see the design and style of the Tabernacle and Leviticus to see the function of the Tabernacle, we uncover that the whole concentrate of the Tabernacle was placed upon worship. In reality, seven complete chapters in Leviticus are devoted to the functionality of the Tabernacle—to describe how the individuals of God have been to worship God. When the individuals entered the Tabernacle by means of the a single gate of entry—the really initially issue they would see was the blazing alter that stood among them and the Holy of Holies. It stood as a barrier and a reminder that God is holy and God demands a sacrifice of worship.
Even though God expects a suitable providing, that necessitates the engagement of God’s individuals in worship. We are named to worship God. As worshippers we should draw close to to God and bring him a worthy sacrifice of praise, thanksgiving, and biblical worship. Think about the words of Hebrews 10:19-22:
Consequently, brothers, considering that we have self-confidence to enter the holy locations by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us by means of the curtain, that is, by means of his flesh, and considering that we have a good priest more than the home of God, let us draw close to with a accurate heart in complete assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Today’s evangelical worship has been so watered down and repackaged to suit the desires of individuals that it can hardly be classified as a worship service. Nadab and Abihu (the sons of Aaron) provided up strange fire to God and due to the fact God was not pleased with their worship—they have been struck dead (Lev. 10). It must lead to us to pause with solemnity every time we partake of the Lord’s Supper as we take into consideration that some of the members of the church in Corinth died due to the fact of how they profaned the worship of God at the Lord’s Table (1 Cor. 11). Nonetheless, we should method God and supply worship to him!
Have you deemed that Christian worship is not really Christ centered? God requires worship seriously and due to the fact far also couple of churches appear to take the worship of God seriously in our day, we desperately require a resurgence of biblical worship that honors God.