NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 2 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.
Part 1: The Gratitude Attitude
I Corinthians 15:10
Thanksgiving is a characteristic of the Christian lifestyle (Ephesians 5:20, Colossians 2:6, 7). Ingratitude - lack of thankfulness - is condemned by God (Romans 1:21, 2 Timothy 3:2). The Greek word for thanksgiving (eucharistia) is based on the word for "grace" (charis). Understanding grace makes people thankful.
I. Grace - A Divine Attitude. "By the grace of God I am what I am."
A. Paul insists he is "an apostle."
B. Paul admits he "does not even deserve to be called an apostle."
C. Paul confesses to being "as one abnormally born."
D. Paul recognizes he is at one and the same time "an abortion/apostle."
E. Only grace can take such a man and make him into such a person.
II. Grace - A Dynamic Stimulus. "His grace to me was not without effect."
A. Grace (Lat. "gratia") has the effect of stimulating gratitude.
B. Gratitude needs an outlet.
C. In Paul's case his outlet was obedience to his calling.
Part 2: The Essence of Worship
Christianity is unique in that contrary to other religions it is not primarily about mankind's search for God but God seeking mankind - those who will "worship Him in spirit and in truth." But what does this mean? And why is He doing this?
I. The Rationale Behind God's Seeking.
A. God is not seeking worshippers because He needs our worship.
B. God is seeking worshippers because we need to worship.
1. The uniqueness of our humanity fits us for worship.
a. We are created beings.
b. We are uniquely created beings.
i. We are physical - affinities with animal, vegetable, mineral.
ii. We are social - affinities with other sensate beings.
iii. We are spiritual - affinities with transcendent, divine.
2. When we worship we function in the realm of the spiritual.
3. When we function holistically this leads to our fulfillment.
4. God seeks worshippers so we can be what we were created to be.
II. The Factors Behind Our Worship.