Becoming A People Of Service: I Peter 4:7-11

November 19th, 2018

Becoming a people of Service!

I Peter 4:7-11

November 18, 2018

 

As a people of service; we glorify God as our worship overflows in p__________ expressions of faith and faithfulness s__________ others.

 

  • Through Worship:

    • The d____________ of worldly values are exposed,
    • the world-inflicted w_________ are healed,
    • the eternal perspective of being seated with Christ in the "Heavenly places" is r_______.

 

  • Worship is an essential means which r___________ us and s_____________ us for His purpose.
  • Worship cleanses, restores, and equips us to serve in the Coming Kingdom...
    • We come not because we are worthy, but because He is worthy and declares us worthy in Christ.
    • When we feel the least worthy to come to God, we can best recognize the w_________ of Grace. 

 

  • Our confession of sin frees us from i___________ which dilute our sense of n_____. It also awakens us to the hope which empowers obedience.

 

  • In worship, we experience the reality of being made r______ with God by faith in Christ. Then, we are prepared to go forth in faith and obedience.

 

Four primary categories of service that will flow directly from our worship. 

  • The first is the service of "w__________" or "t_________________".
  • The second category of service is the service of love and compassion.
    • The first form of service that is mentioned is "f__________________",
    • "H_________" for the household of faith....
  • The third category of service is the service of spiritual warfare.
    • This battle is waged on many fields; the field of p_______ ministry, resisting t__________, and confronting moral corruption and injustice in society.
  • The fourth general category of worship inspired service is the service of stewardship in all of l____.

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God this is your spiritual act of worship. “Rom.12:1

 

  • Present your bodies.... that is a thoroughly I_____________ concept..!

    • Our bodies represent our career, our relationships with family and friends, and our work in the community where we live... our responsibility to the state, and nation in which we live and the world that we touch in both t__________ and in m___________.
    • All of these are a__________ for our living sacrifice.... the presentation of our bodies in the s_________ of God!!!
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Becoming A People Of Celebration. I Peter 2:9-12

November 12th, 2018

Becoming a people of Celebration

I Peter 2:9-12

November 11, 2018

 

  • Worship is God's remedy for spiritual a___________. Every worship service announces and celebrates what God has done for us in Christ Jesus.  The memory of Grace makes us more alive in Christ.

 

In Christ we share a unique identity... 

  • Peter here reminds us that we are a C_____________... ....
  • He saw n_______________ in us and chose us because of that!!!

 

Then, we are R________________!!!

  • Our text tells us that Christians, that is us, are Royalty!  That is who you are if you are a child of God.... Royalty!!!  And it doesn't matter how royal you  look either.... You are a "royal priesthood."

 

  • What does a Priest do??? 

 

  • A priest is someone who goes directly to God and says, "It's me God".... He has permission to enter into the very p____________ of God.... 
  • But that is not all that a priest did.... A priest takes other p____________ into the presence of God.  
  • And here is a good point to insert the fact that we are not talking about the ordained, professional, paid, clergy here..... NO!!! All b______________ are priests.

 

  • Now another of the words that Peter uses here to describe the believer is the word "H_________

    • .... "Holy" means, simply, "s____ a_______"...
  • . It is good to be Holy, but sometimes being holy feels more like being peculiar... different.  Sometimes it will not feel good, but we are set apart.  We are different ... We will always be different!!!!

We are citizens of a holy nation that does not have any g__________________ boundaries. 

 

  • "Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful d__________, which war on your soul." (vs 11) 

 

  • we are "a People b_________________ to God".... He created us.... we are His..... And the starting place for worship is to recognize that God created us and we belong to Him.

 

What is OUR purpose??  Why are we who we are???

verse 9. "You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light".

 

We exist to d___________ his praises.        

 

  • In Christ we have a new f___________....  
  • "Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.“ vs 10
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Worship: Becoming A People of Praise. Rev. 7:9-17

November 5th, 2018

Worship -Becoming a people of Praise

Rev. 7:9-17

November 04, 2018

 

When directed by faith in Jesus Christ the act of praise cuts us free from the ties of this world, lifting us heavenward.  Then praise becomes a source of spiritual r_______________ and r___________.

  

 "How can we direct our praise capacity toward God?”

 

First of all, there is Confession of Sin....

 

  • When we confess our sins, we are h_____________ ourselves before God, we are acknowledging His h_______________, experiencing His faithfulness and righteousness in His forgiveness of those sins, and accepting any c_____________ that He may see fit to give, and in doing all of that we are in a unique position to praise Him!!!

 

  • I John 1:9 is very familiar... " If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

    • The word, "confess“ literally means "to e__________ the same thing", or to be in complete a____________....
    • Confession of sin is fully agreeing with God about both the responsibility for that sin and the awfulness of it.

 

  • In fact, confession serves the dual purpose of being an act of worship itself, and it prepares the repentant sinner for worship.
  • Hebrews 9:14 says cleansing purifies the c____________ "to serve the living God.”

 

  • .... confession of sin glorifies God... it acknowledges that He is holy when He acts in j____________ against sin.

 

The second area that I would like to look at is what I call "Verbal praise"...... 

That is, we glorify God by praising Him with our m________.  In Psalm 50:23 God says, "Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me:"..

  • In the K.J.V the 107th repeatedly uses the expression, "Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works to the children of men".

 

  • Worship through praise is to be the chief activity of e_________.

    • "since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your          minds on things above, not on earthly things."  (C____ 3:1-2)
    • "Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with fullest confidence, that we may receive mercy for our failures and grace to help in the hour of need. (H___________ 4:16, J.B. Phillips paraphrase).

 

  • when we offer a real sacrifice of praise it will require trading in our p_______, our a___________, and most valued of all our human l_________.

 

  • Hebrews 13:15 "Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise the fruit of lips that confess his name.

    • We don't need to focus on in-depth descriptions of our problems.... we need to describe in more vivid and comprehensive terms The Lord who is the answer to all of our problems.

 

We are called to cultivate praise as a lifestyle. 

  • First, the habit of praise renews our f__________!...
  • Second, the lessons of praise shape our p_________...! 
  • Thirdly, the power of praise energizes our c_______....!
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