Sermons on Worship

“Counterfeit Worship” (Revelation 13:1-10)

Counterfeit Worship (Rev. 13:1-10) Many people search for a church to attend without ever asking the most important questions. They look for entertainment, a cool atmosphere, or even nice people. But the fundamental factor that should be considered is whether or not the worship is biblical. That question doesn’t only apply to the preaching, but to every element of a worship service. Worship should be guided and supported by Scripture from beginning to end. You might be unfamiliar with certain…

“Worship the King” (Psalm 96)

Worship the King (Psalm 96) The best classic novels often draw us in with a thread of unfulfilled longing. We keep reading with an insatiable desire to close the loose end. We feel ourselves longing alongside the characters. More often than not, authors wrap up their stories with satisfying conclusions. The mission is accomplished. The quest is completed. The boy gets the girl. The girl marries the boy and lives happily ever after. The end of the fictional story gives…

“The Corruption of Worship” (Judges 17-18)

The Corruption of Worship (Judges 17-18) Jack Arnold writes: There can be no appreciation for the Reformation until one sees the great spiritual need of the western world in the 16th century. No Christian, Roman Catholic, Protestant or Independent can gloss over the period of history from 590 to 1517. This period is a “black spot” to all who name the name of Christ, but it is Christian history. The Medieval Church had repeated the failure of Israel during the…

Religious Reformation (Amos 5:21-27)

Introduction Amos’ judgment > lament. Moral Reformation > Religious Reformation. They possessed no moral character and looked forward to the Day of the Lord assuming it would favor them. Had they lost their salvation? Alec Motyer But to whom was Amos speaking? Even the most casual reading of his book reveals his hearers as a church which had confused assurance with complacency. They not only professed salvation but also an unworried certainty of salvation (cf. 5:14, 18). Their lifestyles as…

The Risen King (Matthew 28:1-10)

Introduction The resurrection is crucial to Christianity. It is the central topic of Apostolic preaching and writing. Last week, Palm Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey to shouts of “Hosanna!” He was treated like a king. But by Thursday night he was being arrested, mocked, and beaten. By Friday morning the Romans were scourging and crucifying him. Easter Sunday transitions from humiliation to exaltation. Read Matthew 28:1-10 Harold Best, Unceasing Worship: “We begin with one fundamental fact about…

Condemnation of Samaria (Amos 4:1-5)

“I was much in fasting, watching, praying, saying of masses, and the like. Yet under the cloak of my outward respectability I continually mistrusted, doubted, feared, hated, and blasphemed God. My righteousness was a filthy puddle. Satan loves such saints.” – Martin Luther

Crave Christ (1 Peter 2:1-3)

Introduction Peter makes application explicit (20/25 verses contain “you”/“your”). He reminded them of their hope, joy, and salvation in Christ so that they might love one another sincerely and earnestly (1:22). Read 1 Peter 2:1-3 Atlantic (August 2016): “How the Percentage of Americans Who Go to Church Every Week Is Changing” Roughly 51 percent of Americans say they go to church or another worship service somewhere between once a month and multiple times per week, while 49 percent said they go rarely…

Bless the Lord (Psalm 134)

Introduction “The Songs of Ascent” span from Psalms 120-134. The phrase literally translates “A Song of Steps”. Luther translates ”A Song from the higher choir” thinking it had to do with their singing from an elevated platform for better projection of their voices. However, the traditional view is that these psalms were sung on the pilgrimage back to Jerusalem at various feast times, but particularly during Passover (From Kedar 120:5 to the temple 134). This psalm includes both a call…

A Community Worth Dying For (Acts 20:1-12)

Introduction In the previous passage the Ephesians had erupted into a riot because they feared Paul was damaging their business and religion. After three years in Ephesus Christianity was beginning to have a significant impact. But we know Paul wanted to return to the places he had visited on his 2MJ (Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea, and Corinth). Read Acts 20:1-12 How many friends do you have? When your world is crashing down, who comes to your side? According to a recent…
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