Worship That Counts: The Expressions Of Worship, Pt. 1 (2 Of 5) by Ernest Easley

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The Expressions of Worship
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
John 4.21-24
October 31, 1999

A. W. Tozer said that "the missing jewel of the modern
church is the jewel of worship." I don't know a more fitting subject
during this worship hour than worship!

Last Sunday morning we began a series of messages under
the heading: Worship that Counts! And it's my hope that you will
be less interested in counting those in worship and more interested
in having a worship that counts!

Take your Bible and join me again in the gospel according to
John. And once you're there .. find the fourth chapter. We saw
these verses last Sunday as we learned some things about The
Experience of Worship.

We learned about the definition of worship. The word used
by Jesus for "worship" literally means to kiss towards. It carries the
idea of bowing down.

It speaks of giving honor .. to respect .. to praise. Psalm
103.1, "Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless
His holy name." Deuteronomy 6.4-5, "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our
God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all
your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might." Worship
starts on the inside and works it's way to the outside!

An orthodox Jew quotes these verses twice a day! In fact ..
today if you go to Jerusalem and find what we call the "wailing wall"
you'll find orthodox Jews before it praying. As they pray .. they rock
back and forth. Perhaps you've seen them do that.

Well .. the reason they rock back and forth as they pray is to
express to God that their praying with all their heart, with all their
soul, and with all their might.

That's what worship is all about! It's expressing to God
about how we feel about Him. It's bowing before God with praise
and honor on our lips!!

Too often our worship its like that little girl who looked out
the window and saw a mule grazing in the fi ...

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