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Authentic Worship (61 of 70)
Series: Mark - God's Message for Today
DO YOU REMEMBER THIS: Flip Wilson was a popular comedian several years ago, and one of his characters was a Preacher at the ''What's Happening Now Church.'' Flip did a Skit where he told about this preacher. He'd shout out: ''IF THIS CHURCH IS GOING TO SERVE GOD IT'S GOT TO GET DOWN ON ITS KNEES AND CRAWL!!!'' And the audience yelled back ''Make it crawl preacher, make it crawl! ''AND ONCE THIS CHURCH HAS LEARNED TO CRAWL, IT'S GOT TO GET UP ON ITS FEET AND WALK!!!'' ''Make it walk preacher, make it walk'' the audience moaned. AND ONCE THIS CHURCH HAS LEARNED TO WALK ITS GOT BEGIN TO LEARN TO RUN!!!'' ''Make it run, preacher, make it run!'' ''AND IN ORDER TO RUN, ITS GOT REACH DEEP DOWN INTO POCKETS AND LEARN TO GIVE!!!'' (pause) ''Make it crawl preacher, make it crawl.'' Few things impact us like WORSHIP.
As I was reminded this week, frequently in the Bible, the caricature of a woman is used as a type and shadow of the church. Luke 15 speaks of a woman who had 10 coins which she lost and so she begins lighting the light, cleaning the house, and searching for that which was lost.
In Rahab, we see a picture of God's children being protected and covered. In Hosea, it is Gomer the wife of infidelity (a nice word for the Bible word, 'whoredom') as a picture of the unfaithful church who has gone after other suitors (other gods). In Proverbs 31 we read about a virtuous woman which pictures a church working for the cause of her bridegroom.
Today, we read a story of another woman - picturing another type of church, a church who adores her Lord, her bridegroom, and worships Him authentically.
There is so much talk ABOUT worship today and what is amazing is this: Some of the people who believe themselves to KNOW WHAT WORSHIP should be are people who have never invested themselves enough to understand it. Not long ago I heard a preacher say, ''If the average church ...
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