by Ernest Easley

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The Expectations of Worship
John 12.1-8
November 21, 1999
Dr. Ernest L. Easley

"In love He came and removed the blame; lifting the blemish
away. And by His grace He's made me pure and whole! Wash
me, and I shall be whiter than snow."

Friend .. that should bring celebration from the saved and
salvation to the lost! That should bring Hallelujahs from the Christ-
receivers and Hope for the Christ-rejecters!

That All-Mighty God would take a sin-stained sinner .. lifting
the blemish away .. making them whiter than snow, ought to move
a house full of Baptist to shouting!

You see, once Jesus moves in and the bondage of sin
moves out, worship moves up! That's why we gather here on the
Lord's Day! David said in Psalm 65.1 "Praise is awaiting you, O
God, in Zion." Oh, that we would say to God about the Worship
Center of First Baptist Church as David said about Zion, "Praise is
awaiting You, O God, in Zion .."

And then listen to Isaiah 35.10, "... and come to Zion with
singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy
and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee."

That's what happens when the church gathers for worship!
"They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall
flee." Now if you don't experience that when you worship, you
need to examine your worship! You need to learn how to make
your worship count!

That's what we've been talking about for several weeks now:
Making Worship Count! Now, we've talked about The Experience
of Worship. Next we learned about The Expressions of Worship.
And now this morning .. I want to talk to you about The
Expectations of Worship.

Every Sunday in churches across America .. thousands of
people are walking out never to return! And I am convinced that
one reason that happens is their expectation! What they expect to
happen .. what they hope will happen doesn't. So .. they think, "If I
ca ...

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