W.W.J.D. In Worship (4 of 5) by Jeff Strite

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W.W.J.D. In Worship (4 of 5)
Series: Meeting Jesus
Jeff Strite
Luke 4:14-21

OPEN: A man walked into a gift shop that sold religious items. Near the cash register he saw a display of caps with ''WWJD'' printed on all of them. He was puzzled over what the letters could mean, but couldn't figure it out, so he asked the clerk.

The clerk replied that the letters stood for ''What Would Jesus Do'', and was meant to inspire people to not make rash decisions, but rather to imagine what Jesus would do in the same situation.

The man thought a moment and then replied, ''Well, I'm pretty sure Jesus wouldn't pay $17.95 for one of these caps.''

Whoever came up with that clever term (WWJD) created an easy way for us Christians to examine our lives and our every day decisions.

I want to rent a certain movie or buy a specific magazine - What would Jesus do?
There's someone at work that I have a hard time dealing with.- What would Jesus do?
My child is difficult to handle and is frequently disobedient - What would Jesus do?

Now, just because I ask that question (WWJD)
-that doesn't mean that I'm always going to make the right decisions
-OR even that I'll always be able to determine precisely what He would have done

But once I've asked that question - WWJD? - I've committed myself to changing my priorities. I committed myself to building my life around the question of what does Jesus think is important?

I. For example, WWJD in worship?
ILLUS: This sermon was inspirted by a lesson from the Boy Scout ''God and Country'' study book. One of the boys of our church asked me to mentor him in his effort to attain that badge. And I was so impressed with the topics in that study book that I formed this sermon series around the topics he and I studied together.
One of the lessons in the Scout study book asked was entitled: Learning How Jesus Worshipped God. And I have to admit… I'd never thought about that before. How would Jesus worship in our churches?

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