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?