by Rick White

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Rick White
Mt. 15:8-9, John 4:23-24, Rom. 12:1-2, Eph. 5:19-21, COL 2:20-23, ACTS 18:13

Introduction: This weekend millions of people will attend an evangelical worship service. Worship is an emotionally sensitive issue simply because a preferred style of worship is often a reflection of a person's personality. It has become the number one "hot button" in church life across the nation as churches have sought to minister to multi- generational congregations.

People have the tendency to approach worship as consumers. The focus is on my experience, sitting back with arms folded and saying to those leading worship, Wow me. Do something to grab my attention, catch my interest. They assume worship is like watching a movie; it's something I critique afterward.

"I believe a very large majority of churchgoers are merely unthinking, slumbering worshipers of an unknown God."
[Charles H. Spurgeon in Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 11.]
Can you imagine the Israelites, freshly delivered from slavery, before a mountain that trembles violently with the presence of God (Exod.19), muttering: "We're leaving because we're not singing the songs we like. Like that tambourine song, how come they don't do that tambourine song anymore?"

"I don't like it when Moses leads worship; Aaron's better."

"This is too formal-all that smoke and mystery. I like casual worship."

"It was okay, except for Miriam's dance- too wild, not enough reverence. And I don't like the tambourine."

No, scripture doesn't read like that. The people were filled with awe and wonder and trembling and hope and fear, because there in the middle of nowhere, before this bunch of ex-slaves, was God.
[Ortberg and Howell, Leadership, Spring 1999, pp 32-33]

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Worship: Genuine worship is responding in lov ...

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