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When Worship Is about Me (5 of 7)
Series: Jesus First
Tonight, we continue our Sunday evening series entitled Accidental Pharisees. If we are not careful we can worship our traditions instead of worshipping Jesus. That's what Pharisees do. They love their rules, their standards, their traditions, and their preferences more than they love God.
Jesus recognized this and would never let them get away with it. Here's a perfect example in Mark 7:1-8. Here, Jesus calls them out. He says they honor Him with their lips but their hearts are far from Him. He says they love the commandments of men more than the doctrines of God. READ TEXT - PRAY
*I used to think that The Gaither Vocal Band and Gold City were going to be center stage in Heaven. I mean, there's a reason they're called Gold City, right? Because they get to perform in the throne room where the streets are paved with gold! I love Southern Gospel music. I really do. Stephanie loves me. But she doesn't love Southern Gospel music. And I know that many of you have varying opinions of the types of music you like. That's okay. But there was a time when I thought Southern Gospel was the only music God liked. I thought Bill Gaither was His favorite songwriter and Glenn Payne was his favorite lead singer. You do remember, I'm a recovering Pharisee, right?*
It's okay to have you preferences in music. It's fine to like one style better than another. But be careful, very careful, when you begin to assign your preferences to God. It just doesn't work like that.
What is it about worship music that gets our feathers ruffled more than almost anything else? I think it may be that worship connects with our hearts, our memories, our emotions and our traditions. I can hear this song, and it brings back great memories! ***Andy Griffith Tune***
But, we must be careful to have a biblical view of worship. And let's be honest, most of us don't. Most of us have personal preferences, but we do ...
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