Worship Series – May 26 to June 23

Living in response to God’s amazing love for us

Worship Series –  May 26 to June 23

 

As followers of Jesus Christ we hopefully continue to take steps forward in our relationship with  God in a number of different areas.  As a church we are to help each other and encourage one another on this journey.  This series provides a way for each of us to look at where we are in the areas of worship, giving, prayer, learning, and serving  and to consider where God might  be calling us to take a step forward.  The series is made more powerful  by the testimony of members of the congregation for each of the different areas. The last service of the series includes a time of covenanting – making a commitment to God to take a specific step forward in one or more of the  areas we  have covered.  (The series, and the information below comes from the Moravian  Covenant for Christian Living  by Gary Marsh).

Worship –  To worship  means to  be within the household of the faithful on the  Sabbath to celebrate our faith as  a body of believers.  To worship  means to be present with others who desire to praise the  Lord in  song, prayer, and liturgy and to learn of His eternal truth.  To worship is not to  be done reluctantly or under compulsion, but as a part of one’s desire and decision to grow  in faith formation,  a part of the discipline to grow as a disciple. Worship is the most important  single activity of the local church. For the believer it is vital  and expected.

Give –  To give  means that the believer offers a portion of what is earned as a first fruits gift to the Lord.  Giving from one’s first fruits  means that from what is earned, God  receives the first portion.  This can be given to the  local church as well as  agencies and efforts to meet the  needs of people, especially those who need food, clothing, shelter, and health care. Biblical giving is to be proportional, a percentage of what is earned with the goal of the tithe.  To give is not to be done reluctantly or under compulsion, but as part of one’s desire  and decision to grow  in faith formation,  a part of the discipline to grow as a disciple. Biblical giving is vital  and expected for the local church and  each believer.

Pray –  To pray  means to be present before  God. Prayer can take  many forms  and can take place at various times and  places. It is not limited to but can include praise, thanksgiving, petition, invitation, and confession.  To pray is not to be done reluctantly or under compulsion, but as part of one’s desire and decision to grow  in faith formation,  a part of the discipline to grow as a disciple. Prayer is vital and expected for the  local church  and for  each believer.

Learn –  To learn  means to  be present  in the Word of God. It means listening, reading, studying, sharing and being challenged  by scripture. There are many ways to experience the Bible, from Sunday School to reading the Daily Text  Book. To study is not to be done reluctantly or under compulsion, but as  a part of one’s desire  and decision to grow  in faith formation,  a part of the discipline to grow as a disciple. Learning of the Bible is vital and expected for the local church  and for  each believer.

Serve –  To serve  means to  use our spiritual gifts, abilities,  passions and resources to  bless the  lives of people and to strengthen the local church. I know that I have  used those  same words often, but it not intended for redundancy. It is because to  do such was the very project of Jesus as  He blessed people’s lives in remarkable ways and  laid the foundation for what the Church would  be. Jesus was the perfect servant leader whose “project” was to  bless lives and establish the  Church. Jesus served to this end so that  lives would always be blessed  and the Church would always be strengthened.  To serve is not to be done reluctantly or under compulsion, but as part of one’s desire and decision to grow in faith formation, a part of the discipline to grow as a disciple. Biblical serving is vital and expected for the local church and each believer.

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