Relevance Matters

Pastor Rachel wraps up our series on Acts explaining how Paul contextualizes the Gospel to his various audiences in Athens by entering their world, and invites us to do the same today.

Scripture: Acts 17:16-34

Defining Worship

Worship is not a religious thing; worship is a human thing. Everyone worships. The only choice we have is what we worship. According to the Bible (Romans 12:1), our true act of worship is what we do with bodies Sunday-Saturday, not just Sunday mornings in singing songs and listening to a sermon. We can tell what we really worship by examining what we value in our everyday schedules and habits. What do we dream of? What do we long for? What do we sacrifice for in our everyday lives? As Paul urges in Romans 12:1, may we offer our bodies as a living sacrifice — as this is our true and proper worship.

Scripture: Romans 12:1

 

An Egotistical God?

We normally don’t like people who come across as egotistical, vein and arrogant … no matter who you are! Yet, doesn’t this bring up an interesting question: Is it arrogant, vain, and egotistical of God to command us to worship Him (and we’re not just talking about ‘musical worship’ either)?

Interestingly enough, one of the most popular Biblical passages in our culture tackles this very issue – the 10 Commandments.

Properly understood, rather than being seen as egotistical or vain in commanding people to worship Him, God, in fact, offers His people the spiritual guidelines for true satisfaction and fullness of life by worshipping Him instead of going after ‘counterfeit gods.’

The false gods of our current culture (sex, money, power, etc.) – though good in and of themselves in the proper context – aren’t made to occupy the throne of our hearts… and that’s a good thing. Because ultimately, they can’t – they’re not actually God.

Scripture: Exodus 20:1-6