Sign in or signup


4,335 active users!!Bandwidth
FRIDAY
JUL 29, 2016
Home
NewsSITE
Events & Blogs
New Audio & Video
Broadcasters
Local Church Finder
Webcast LIVE NOW!
Sermons by Bible
Sermons by Topic
Sermons by Speaker
Sermons by Date
Staff Picks
CommentsALL -2 hrs
Top Sermons
VideosPDFs
Daily Log
Photos
StoresNew Stuff!
Online Bible
Hymnal
Daily Reading
Our Services
Submit Sermon
Members Only

Podcast + Codes
Sermon Browser Info | Demo
Newest Widget | Demo
Newest Player | Info
Our Picks | Info | Demo
Latest Blog | Info | Demo
Mobile Apps | Info
Enjoy sermons from this broadcaster
on a variety of mobile devices.
MyChurch: gccbg
Church Apps | Info
Creating your own Church App is
as simple as turning ON the option.
Grace Community Church of Bowling Green
Steve Wilson, Pastor-Teacher  |  Bowling Green, Kentucky
Email Us!Our Website
Our Blog
Post+
Search
  
Filter By

Thursday Thoughts: Worship for One Another
MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016
Posted by: Grace Community Church of Bowling Green | more..
This past Lord’s Day – we took some time during our singing to consider “what” we were singing and “why” we were singing. I want to take a few minutes here to bring some more attention to the “why” we sing aspect. I said, referencing D.A. Carson (“Worship By The Book”), that our singing is to be God-ward, sung in praise and adoration of God, but also man-ward, with an intentional consideration of those around us. I want to focus on that aspect here.

I referenced two texts on Sunday:

Colossians 3:16

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

And…

Ephesians 5:19–20

19 …addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,

20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Two things are most evident in those parallel texts – 1) we are addressing one another in our singing and, 2) we are expressing thankfulness to God. So what becomes clear is that our singing isn’t just expressions of phrases to God: “Father, we thank You”, but also expressions of phrases to one another: “I thank my God”. Both of those are expressions of thanksgiving; the first is God-ward and the second is man-ward. Impacting our ability to make these expressions is the songs that are selected for a worship service. If we are to sing God-wardly and man-wardly, our songs will have to aid us in that. They will need to communicate praise, and thanksgiving, as well as admonition and instruction to our fellow worshipers. Once you have recognized the man-ward aspect of faithful worship in singing – – your perspective changes on the songs you sing. And it isn’t that some songs are written in God-ward language, and others are written in man-ward language – – it is that solid worship songs rightly understood and faithfully expressed accomplish both.

Now you might be tempted to think that I am trying to caution against Christian worship being too God-ward … but that really hasn’t been a risk in most churches, and rightly understood it could never be a risk (which I hope you’ll see by the end of this writing). No, we’ve found a third expression and it has tended to dominate our worship: it has become Me-ward. And this isn’t seen so much in the songs we sing – though it clearly appears there – but it is most often seen in the attitudes and expectations of the worshipers who assemble on a Sunday. It has become common to hear a worship leader direct the worshipers “inward” toward a “private communion with God”. This is never the goal of corporate worship. We assemble together, to make a corporate expression and to instruct and encourage one another. We are not to assemble so each of us can worship God individually – – but that we might worship God corporately. This is clearly Paul’s greatest concern with the Corinthians as he addresses their worship habits. They had become self-centered, boastful, and arrogant leading them to a worship expression that was almost entirely Me-ward.

  • It was a problem at the Lord’s Supper – Paul writes: “Therefore when you meet together, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper, for in your eating each one takes his own supper first; and one is hungry and another is drunk.” (1 Corinthians 11:20-21) Notice the Me-centeredness of their communion … “each one takes HIS OWN”.
  • They were exercising their spiritual gifts for self-promotion – Paul writes: “But to each one is given a manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:7) Notice again, he is correcting them because they had turned away from other-centeredness to Me-centeredness in the use of God’s good gifts.
  • Then he takes an entire chapter to emphasize the importance of love for one another. 1 Corinthians 13 stands as a pillar of other-centered instruction. Love, Paul says, “does not seek its own…does not brag…is not arrogant”. Love is an outward expression to those around us, not an inward expression to myself.
  • Even the supernatural gift of tongues, designed as a unique challenge to the Jewish unbelievers, had become a Me-centered, self-devotion. Paul writes: “One who speaks in a tongue (the abuse of the gift) edifies himself…” (1 Corinthians 14:4)

Despite all of that instruction from Paul, the modern worship leader invites the worshiper to concentrate on getting so absorbed with God that they become unaware of those around them. In other words – “Become so God-ward in your worship that, in the end, you become Me-ward.” All the Christians in Corinth would undoubtedly have argued they were simply focusing on God – – but they are exposed for their Me-centeredness. They had failed to see that if a worshiper becomes truly focused on God they will become INCREASINGLY AWARE OF THOSE AROUND THEM.

So this week, as we sing, be aware of the God-ward element of our praises and adorations to our great God … and let that make you most sensitive to those around you, to whom you are also speaking in song.

Don’t just declare the wonders of God to God – – declare them to those around you.

For His glory and for the edification of His church! That is true Christian worship.

Category:  Life and Family

permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »
Text feature this blog entry

     PAST BLOG ENTRIES     

This Weekend @ Grace
FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016
Posted by: Grace Community Church of Bowling Green | more..
The Lord’s Day, April 17, 2016 @9:15 AM – Prelude to Worship @9:30 AM – The Family in Worship Hymns, Prayer, Praise, and Worship in the Word We will also share together in the Lord’s Supper. This Sunday… The Glory...
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »


Midweek @ Grace
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016
Posted by: Grace Community Church of Bowling Green | more..
Midweek @ GraceThis week our Women’s Bible Study and Men’s Bible Study are DISMISSED for Spring Break.
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »


This Weekend @ Grace
FRIDAY, APRIL 08, 2016
Posted by: Grace Community Church of Bowling Green | more..
The Lord’s Day, April 10, 2016 @9:15 AM – Prelude to Worship @9:30 AM – The Family in Worship Hymns, Prayer, Praise, and Worship in the Word This Sunday… The Glory Unfading “The Life-Giver” 2 Corinthians 3:5-8...
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »


Midweek @ Grace
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016
Posted by: Grace Community Church of Bowling Green | more..
Midweek @ Grace Wednesday, March 23, 2016 @11:30 AM – Women’s Fellowship & Bible Study This week we will wrap up our study of 1 Peter, “Clothed in Humility” @7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal Friday, March 25, 2016...
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »


This Weekend @ Grace
FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016
Posted by: Grace Community Church of Bowling Green | more..
This Weekend @ Grace: The Lord’s Day, March 13, 2016 @9:15 AM – Prelude to Worship @9:30 AM – The Family in Worship Hymns, Prayer, Praise, and Worship in the Word This Sunday… The Exodus “The Lord, The Lord”...
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »


This Weekend @ Grace
FRIDAY, MARCH 04, 2016
Posted by: Grace Community Church of Bowling Green | more..
This Weekend @ Grace: The Lord’s Day, March 6, 2016 @9:15 AM – Prelude to Worship @9:30 AM – The Family in Worship Hymns, Prayer, Praise, and Worship in the Word This Sunday… Sin at Sinai “If God Isn’t...
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »


This Weekend @ Grace
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2016
Posted by: Grace Community Church of Bowling Green | more..
This Weekend @ Grace: The Lord’s Day, February 14, 2016 @9:15 AM – Prelude to Worship @9:30 AM – The Family in Worship Hymns, Prayer, Praise, and Worship in the Word This Sunday… Sin at Sinai “The Anatomy of...
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »


Thursday Thoughts: Volume 1 | Issue 35
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2016
Posted by: Grace Community Church of Bowling Green | more..
Volume 1 | Issue 35 – February 11, 2016 Pastor Steve shares these links to stimulate some Thursday Thoughts… Doodling GPS – An Artistic Pastime: “Stephen Lund considers the Canadian city of Victoria his canvas and a...
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »


This Weekend @ Grace
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 05, 2016
Posted by: Grace Community Church of Bowling Green | more..
This Weekend @ Grace: The Lord’s Day, February 7, 2016 @9:15 AM – Prelude to Worship @9:30 AM – The Family in Worship Hymns, Prayer, Praise, and Worship in the Word This Sunday… Sin at Sinai “The Anatomy of...
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »

· Page 1 ·  Found: 537 entries · Jump:  [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 more




John Pittman Hey
Weak Saints But a Mighty Jesus

Things Not Always as They Seem
Sunday Service
Grace Bible Church
Play! | MP3 | RSS


Hourly: Back to the Plantation
Pastor William Poss
Bread of Life Fellowship
Staff Picks..

Kevin Swanson
The Pope & Ravi Zacharias

Coming Together 2016
Generations Radio
Play! | MP3

Sermon:
Who Will Heal America?
E. A. Johnston

SPONSOR | 3,100+

SPONSOR




                   
Give not thy tongue too great a liberty, lest it take thee prisoner. ... Francis Quarles

Gospel of John
Cities | Local | Personal


MOBILE
iPhone + iPad
Church App
Android New!
Church App
Kindle + Nook
Chromecast TV
Apple TV New!
ROKU TV
Amazon Fire TV
Apple Watch
Android Wear
Kindle Reader


HELP
Knowledgebase
Broadcasters
Listeners
Q&A
Uploading Sermons
Uploading Videos
Webcasting
Tips & Tricks
YouTube Screencasts

FOLLOW
Weekly Newsletter
Staff Picks Feed
Site Notices
RSS | Twitter | Facebook
SERVICES | ALL
Local Church Finder | Info
MP3 Play & Download
Mobile Apps
Podcasting
Video Support
Live Webcasting
Transcription
PowerClips
Business Cards
SOLO | MINI | Domain
Favorites | QR Codes
Online Donations
24x7 Radio Stream
INTEGRATION
Sermon Browser
HTML Codes
WordPress
Twitter
Facebook
Logos | e-Sword | BW
JSON API New!

BATCH
Transfer Agent
Protected Podcasts
Upload via Email
Auto-Upload Sermons
Auto-Blog Import
Picasa | FTP | Dropbox
ABOUT US
The largest and most trusted library of audio sermons from conservative churches and ministries worldwide.

Our Services | Articles of Faith
Broadcast With Us
Advertising | Local Ads
CONTACT
info@sermonaudio.com
Support Us | Feedback Fridays New!