INTRO: ill. - Chris - 5 yr. old - watched service intently, asked for play by
play - offering- "Do you mean we have to pay for this?"
1. Worship = giving
2. Pharisees definition of worship
THE HEART OF REAL WORSHIP
1. What is real worship?
-borrowed from synagogue
illus. - "Those who have come to worship Henry Ward Beecher may now leave,
but those who have come to render worship toward God, please remain
illus. - Little boy - "Mom, what's that board with the names on it for?"
Why son," she replied, "those are the names of men who died in the
"Which one?" he asked. "The morning or evening service?"
HINDRANCES TO REAL WORSHIP
Key thought: Sometimes misconceived priorities block the path to real
1. Pharisees handwashing ceremony
How do you know if you have a problem of misconceived priorities?
- intolerance of differences
illus. - man vs. minister of music
"He doesn't sing all the verses of every hymn!"
"Apparently, that concerns you doesn't it?"
"Of course it does, Preacher. Don't you know that
that all those verses are just as inspired as the
of the Bible?"
illus. - novice preacher - mistakes - turtleneck and sport
lady - "Well, I heard you preached a pretty good sermon."
"Well thank you," I replied. "But weren't you here?"
"Oh yes," she responded. "But I couldn't hear you because of
turtleneck are wearing."
illus. - great cathedrals of Europe
What can you do to be ready for worship?
1. Go to worship.
Deuteronomy 12:5 "But you are to seek the place the Lord your God
will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling.
To that place you must go; "
Hebrews 10:25 "Let us not give up meeting together as some are in
the habit of doing, but let us encour ...
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