ZNA-317 910908PM Our family obligation to our shared worship I Thessalonians 5:19-22 Part Four “Quench” – Portrays Holy Spirit as fire Isaiah 4:4 Acts 2:3 Rev. 4:5 Think: Fire portrays: Purity, power, light, warmth & destruction. When Holy Spirit working ina persons heart and church He is- 5) Warmth of Love in hearts – Rom. […]
ZNA-307 920216pm WORSHIPPING THE LAMB REV. 5 There is a place of eternal calm, unleasing tranquility, perfect peace, endless day… That place is the center of the universe, the throne of God… To that location John transports us from Patmos’ salt mines to heavens highest point… Rev. 4-5 are a calm between two storms Rev. […]
ZNA-287 920510AM Worship God Hates Mark 11:15-18 Please join me this morning in a sparkling marble edifice. The Temple and courtyard in Jerusalem. • 1 million square feet of it (that’s 15 football fields or four city blocks). • a 20′ high wall surrounding • there’s a giant of gold in the rising sun, but […]
ZNA-196 931212PM A CONCERT OF WORSHIP ON THE ATTRIBUTE OF: OUR OMNIPRESENT GOD DECEMBER 12, 1993 6 P.M. HOW CAN GOD’S OMNIPRESENCE IMPACT OUR LIVES? Over forty years ago a Pastor in Chicago had a heart for his congregation’s need to get closer to God. He wrote what has now become a classic. It can […]
ZNA-191 940102PM A CONCERT OF WORSHIP OUR OMNIPOTENT GOD 1/2/94 PM One of the prevailing truths of the Holy Scriptures is the ALL POWERFUL nature of our God. There are two basic areas of the Universe that the Omnipotence of our God shows up: THE REALM OF NATURE AND THE REALM OF MAN. From the […]
TAB-05 991226PM The heartbeat of God’s Word is worship. The driving message of God’s Word is worship. The only thing God seeks is worship. The purpose of salvation is worshiping the God of Heaven. The Scriptures open in Genesis with God walking and talking with His Worshippers. The next book Exodus contains elaborate plans for a tent whose […]
OTI-24 960904WE Jeremiah was a prophet for more than forty years: from the thirteenth year of King Josiah, 627 BC, until the destruction of Jerusalem and the beginning of the Exile in 587/6 BC. He grew up during the rule of the apostate King Manasseh, and saw some encouragement during Josiah’s reforms, but no real […]
OTI-23 960828WE From the revolt of Satan to the rule of the Savior-all is told by Scripture’s most eloquent prophet Isaiah He was the Shakespeare of the prophets and the Paul of the Old Testament. Isaiah has more to say about the greatness of God (40,43), the horrors of the Tribulation (24), the wonders of the […]
OTI-19 970312WE The Psalms are preeminently focused upon our Triune God. His character is more clearly and dramatically proclaimed here than in any other book of the Bible. Divine Names are prominently in use: Adonai “Lord,” occurs 63 times, El and Elohim “God” occur 427 times, and the name Yahweh is found no less than […]
OTI-14 960313WE From Solomon [970 BC] to the collapse of the Judean Monarchy, the exile of the Jews and the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple in 586 BC, this book trace 384 years of people living in the sight of God. As a Divine Documentary the life of each king is exposed. Prosperity or […]
Living Hope for the End of Days Study Guide Worship the Christ of Revelation LHC-01 LHC: Message One (980412PM) Week 1: Worship the Christ of Revelation (Revelation 1:1) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you continually worship Christ anew and afresh through His wonderful names in Revelation! SUNDAY: Worship the […]
GNB-10 070318PM Resisting the devil starts with humility (a deep sense of my littleness and God’s greatness). When you resist pride you are resisting the devil’s foothold in your life. The two most pointed passages about believers and pride also include a warning about spiritual warfare? Both James 4 and this passage in Peter, […]
970209AM BYT-24 Worshiping God is the highest calling we can have as His creation. We were created to worship God. Yet I find more resistance in my life to worship than anything else. Distractions pour in, doubts arise and the constant downward tug of the world, the flesh and the devil all make it hard. […]
Most of our lives are dominated by the physical world: our health, the weather, our family, our car, our job, etc. The Holy Scriptures each of us hold, were designed to transport our minds away from our physically-dominated-world that is easiest for us to see and feel; and to transport our minds onto the spiritually-dominated world of God’s Throne.
Paul explained this process that God uses to the Colossians when he taught them to: “Set your affections on things above” (Col. 3:1). Paul was telling them that they still had to live out their life in the Roman Empire (most of them were stuck for life as slaves). But, they could live life on earth in a transformed way when they learned to focus their mind and heart on “things above”.
Do you realize how much of the theological fog and confusion that surrounds so many sincere believers each day, can be cleared up just by a simple reading and believing of the truths of Revelation 4-5?To get a very foundational view of what God has taught us, please open with me to the last 4 verses of Revelation 5.
One of the truths that we never can hear often enough is that we are each in possession of God’s Word today. God’s actual voice recorded, His actual words written down, the Divine Revelation of God is ours in the Holy Bible.
One of the most remarkable elements of Revelation is seeing into Heaven. But one of the most vital truths we learn from learning about Heaven is that God affirms that:
There is Only One Road
That Leads to Heaven
Heaven is where God is, His Throne, His perfected worship, and the way things look untainted by sin. We hardly ever get to see what something looks like that is perfect, during our earthly lives, because everything we see is marred by sin, the fall, and the rebellion of Satan swirling around us.
As we start back at our look at the Gospel presentations of Jesus, recorded in the Gospels, start with me in Revelation 14:6. From cover to cover in the Bible, our Great God has revealed Himself as God the Savior.
God the Savior is Not Willing
That Any Should Perish
God is not willing that any should perish in a Christ-less and Eternal Hell.
God wants everyone to hear His truth, receive His Gospel, and repent unto life eternal.
No one understands the Gospel better than our Lord & Savior, the Author & finisher of our faith, Jesus Christ.
Today we continue on our journey through the Gospel recorded by the Apostle John.
As we open to John 5 we are listening and watching the eyewitness record of John who was closest of all the Apostles to Jesus.
The Holy Spirit uses that proximity and loving eye and ear of young John, to give the most unique of all the four Gospel accounts.
Only worshippers are in Heaven.
Worship is what the Father seeks.
Jesus came to seek and to save lost sinners, and make them worshippers of God.
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
The driving message of salvation is worship. Jesus tells us the only thing God seeks is worship. So, the purpose of salvation is worshiping the God of Heaven. Now, look what Revelation completes for us. The whole Bible can be summed up by the theme of worship. We have come to the final lesson from Revelation 4 & 5.
Unanswered prayers: what happens to them? As we open to Rev. 5, we find the answer to one of the great mysteries of God’s Word: Where do all our prayers go? After we prayed them, God heard them, and then what?
What Happens to
All Our Prayers
Do prayers become like deleted emails? Does God get them, see them on His screen, read them; and then just hits the trash button, and poof, they are gone?
No, that is never the image God wants in our minds.
As we open to Revelation 5: we have come to the greatest portion, of the greatest book, about the greatest place there could ever be anywhere: the Place of God’s Personal Presence called Heaven.
Today, Heaven’s worship, distilled before us in our Bibles, into words we each can understand: is the most challenging message we could ever hear to prepare us for serving God!
Worship is the offering given to God from my heart, quickened by His Spirit, unto a true awareness of my unworthiness, and His Almighty Immensity. That is how we sync with the constant atmosphere of Heaven.
Someday in the not too distant future, each of us who are born-again by the Spirit, saved from God’s wrath, justified freely by His grace, and forgiven forever: are going to join the ultimate, Heavenly Hallelujah chorus. The words for that chorus have been given to us already, written down in Revelation.
The term in English: Hallelujah Chorus, has become totally associated with an oratorio written 271 years ago in London.
It was in April, 1741 the German composer Handel was bankrupt, imperiled by paralyzing pain, betrayed by friends, and depressed. It looked like his composing career was over.
For several weeks we have been looking at the elements of worship that are so incredibly displayed in Heaven around the Throne of God. As we have examined each element there has been in the background a scroll.
As we open to Revelation 5 this morning, we have come to the merging of two themes in Scripture that often do not go together in our minds. I am talking about our worship of our Redeemer being portrayed in the very same verse as the judgments of God’s wrath being poured out upon the Earth.
COP-04 20141005PM Concert of Prayer – Evening of Worshipping God in Prayer. John Barnett.
Last time we saw what always makes worship unacceptable to God. This week we are looking at what always makes our worship acceptable and pleasing to God.
As we read these words, think about what you are looking at as we see a picture of the 24 elders; most likely, each of these 24 men seated on the inner circle of the Throne were formerly imperfect sinners, saved by grace, cleansed each day by the sacrifice of Christ, glorified at the moment of their death, and now in Heaven offering perfected worship.
As we open to Revelation 5:9, we are analyzing the words of the first song we see ourselves singing in heaven—the song of our redemption. We who were slaves to sin, and lost sinners: were purchased by Christ’s blood. The God who so loved the world that he gave His Son to die on a cross; and shed His blood to pay the price of our sin! The message of this verse could be reduced to the simple phrase:
Redeemed: How I Love to Proclaim It. In Revelation 5:9 we see ourselves the way we will be—singing the new song of our worthy Redeemer. Please stand and follow along as we read these words:
One of the best-selling books of modern times was called the Purpose-Driven Life. Author Rick Warren hit a collective nerve in society because so many people feel aimless at times, and struggle for a clear purpose to point our lives at.
The amazing truth is that we are bought and owned by God. He tells us that the purpose that should drive us to focus upon how we use our river of time, that rushes past us at 60 minutes-per-hour.
God has declared that each of us have been forever set free. Starting in Titus 2:11 we are looking at the third and final word, that God chose to describe the wonders of redemption.
Redemption, as we’ve seen, is what God wants to motivate us to lives that glorify God, because we were bought at a price.
Redemption is also what fills our hearts, and pours forth around the Throne in the songs of our worship in Heaven.
As we enter into Revelation 4 & 5 we must always remember that the best explanation of Scripture is Scripture. So to see the Throne of God most clearly we must see it through the lens of all the other times God chooses to show The Throne to us.
In one of the most well known scenes in the Old Testament, The Throne of God surrounds Isaiah’s call.
Please turn with me to the scene of Isaiah 6, and notice it is representative of what we often see about God’s Throne: it is High, it is Holy, and because of the smoke and quaking, it is almost Distant.
THE MAP OF THE FUTURE GOD LEFT IN HIS WORD
God wrote down an inspired record of the history of the world: from the time when John was sitting on Patmos in AD 95, right up to the very end of days. That is what you are holding in your hands this morning.
The online world mourned for a few moments this week, the passing of another icon from the former, pre-cyber world of the past. After 244 years of publication, the Encyclopedia Britannica will no longer be printed on paper. Thus ended the longest published record of civilization’s knowledge.
Towering over all our daily lives and worship we offer as believers: is the Throne of our God the King.
When we pray it’s to the Throne of our Hallowed Father who is King in Heaven that we are to address our prayers.
When we struggle it is to the Throne of our King of Grace and Mercy that we cry to out for help in time of need.
When we serve it is our King who tests all our good works by His refining fire, and then passes out all rewards, that we prepare to stand before.
This morning there is just one truth I want you to hold onto, and think through, with me:
God has told us EXACTLY how He wants to be Worshipped.
That description of how God has told us He wants to be worshipped is the title of our study today: The Foundations of True Biblical Worship.
To understand this topic we need to ponder several individual concepts, the first one is:
What Kind of Worship
Does God Accept?
Heaven is the word God uses for where we as believers are headed. Heaven is mysterious to many; and a place of many fanciful speculations. But, God’s Word has given us all He wants us to know about Heaven. As we open to Revelation 4, we open to the first words of the only guided tour of Heaven found in God’s Word. Note these opening words: Revelation 4:1 (NKJV) After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” 2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. Think of what we are witnessing as we begin this morning looking through: The Door of Heaven: Standing Open
God wants us to orient every day of our lives to the truth that He is seated above each moment of our lives. Opening to Revelation 4 & 5 is much like remembering that the blazing stars of a cloudless night are always there, we just rarely see them. So, we must not let the rest of life distract us from the foundational truths that we must always remember as we open our hearts and minds to God’s Word. Every moment of every day:
Heaven is Real. God is on THE Throne; and, we are His servants.
As we open to Revelation 5, we are going to be reminded how much you and I are really in debt this morning.
I’m not talking about the trillions of dollars of our national debt; nor the trillions more dollars of credit card, auto loans, student loans, municipal bonds, and mortgage debt.
I am referring to the debt, all people owe to God, for their sins. God’s Word teaches us that:
All Sin is a
Debt Against God
The Apostle John has been in a perpetual state of amazement from chapter one onward. What he has seen has repeatedly overwhelmed him. Once again John sees such incredible sights that all he can do is fall down and again try to worship the messenger that has been guided his tour of Heaven (the last time he tried that was in 19:10). That is the context of v. 9 as John is corrected by the angel. Here we get the incredible insight that:
Worship is the Central
Theme of the Bible
Awesome has lost a bit of its meaning to us in the 21st Century. In the Bible, God is described as awesome, and when He is present there is such a sense of wonder: that it bordered on fear. This awesomeness was an overpowering sense of God’s glory that could be felt.
Our God is
An Awesome God
When Paul wrote from Corinth to the fledgling church at Rome, he sought some way that He might encourage them. They lived with all the daily load of life, plus the general excitement that came from being at the center of the world in that generation.
What is the context of confessing our sins to one another in James 5:16?
What did Paul mean in saying “I, not the Lord, say” in 1 Corinthians 7:12?
How long was the period of time between Creation in Genesis 1 and the Fall in Genesis 3?
Is our worship only supposed to be on Sundays?
Does Billy Graham condone Mormonism? Is Mormonism a cult or a part of Christianity?