J.I. Packer wrote, “To worship God is to recognize his worth or worthiness; to look God-ward, and to acknowledge in all appropriate ways the value of what we see. The Bible calls this activity ‘glorifying God’ or ‘giving glory to God,’ and views it as the ultimate end, and from one point of view, the whole duty of man (Ps. 29:2; 96:6; 1 Cor. 10:31).
Scripture views the glorifying of God as a sixfold activity: praising God for all that he is and all his achievements; thanking him for his gifts and his goodness to us; asking him to meet our own and others' needs; offering him our gifts, our service, and ourselves; learning of him from his word, read and preached, and obeying his voice; telling others of his worth, both by public confession and testimony to what he has done for us. Thus, we might say that the basic formulas of worship are these: ‘Lord, you are wonderful’; ‘Thank you, Lord’; ‘Please Lord’; ‘Take this, Lord’; ‘Yes, Lord’; ‘Listen everybody!’
This then is worship in its largest sense: petition as well as praise, preaching as well as prayer, hearing as well as speaking, actions as well as words, obeying as well as offering, loving people as well as loving God. However, the primary acts of worship are those which focus on God directly -- and we must not imagine that work for God in the world is a substitute for direct fellowship with him in praise and prayer and devotion.”
Brothers and Sisters, we have gathered for worship today. The highest thing that can be done in heaven and on earth is worship God and worship Him together. We are gathered into the fellowship of God’s presence, will you pray to see Him just as He is, and let us seek Him as He is, that we might know Him as He is! And as we see Him and seek Him, may we submit all of our self to Him. William Temple said, “Worship is the submission of all our nature to God.”
One Family Worship… and our new Sunday evening format begins on Sunday evening
September 8that 5:00 PM. I am excited about this new opportunity for you and all of RBC. This new format will focus on gathering both of our morning services together once a month for a special time of worship. Our first Worship will center on the theme of “Kick-off” and I’ll be sharing a message on “God’s Game Plan for Victorious Living.” Following the service, we will gather for a time of family fellowship in the RFC with burgers, hotdogs, and game day kinds of snacks. In the weeks between the monthly “One Family Worship” services, we will host a variety of Discipleship courses from 5-6 PM. Be sure to look over the catalogue of course offerings and then sign up for one of the classes. You may also sign up online.
Awesome August…. Continues tomorrow evening at 6:30 PM with Dr. Steve Gaines of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Gaines is a recent past President of the Southern Baptist Convention and followed Dr. Adrian Rogers as Pastor of the great Bellevue Baptist Church. He is a gifted and much in demand preacher. Like all our Monday evening guests, you will be stirred and inspired by the message he brings. We are also using each Monday as an opportunity to minister to our community by bringing select items that are listed in today’s worship folder. Be sure to look over the needs for tomorrow evening.
Wednesday… we continue with our regular schedule. I invite you to join me for my Pastor Bible Study in the fellowship hall at 6:00 PM. May the Lord speak to you today, convict you today, transform you today and bless you real good. And remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your Pastor!
For God’s Glory Alone,