TITLE: HOW TO BUILD A GREAT CHURCH: Great Worship (6 of 6)
TEXT: John 4:23-24
PROPOSITION: Great churches are built be great worship.
KEY WORD: Elements
1. Worship is to be:
A. With the spirit I Corinthians 14:15
B. In the spirit John 4:24
C. By the spirit Philippians 3:3
2. Two purposes for worship:
A. Glorify, reverence, honor God
B. Be encouraged, stimulated, built up
3. Two extremes in worship:
A. Cold, stiff, legalistic, formalism
B. Folksy, loose, without order and decency
1 Corinthians 14:40
C. Who said that worship had to be somber (funeral atmosphere)
Reverence <> quietness
D. Whatever happened to "AMEN" or "Hallelujah"?
4. The building should not be the PLACE of worship -
It should be the CENTER of activity.
Beehive not - place of work - center
buildings - crosses, drapes
Create a somber atmosphere
We strive for funeral mood
IS OUR LORD DEAD OR ALIVE?
IS WORSHIP A FUNERAL OR A CELEBRATION?
6. We need fellowship
Know each other
Love each other
7. We must avoid sacramentalism (work of merit) worship
A. Must attend to partake of communion = WRONG!
B. Come Sunday night because you missed Sunday AM
C. "Early mass" = take LS then leave
8. Remember: There must be --
A. Quality - Our heart must be right
B. Quantity - How OFTEN (not seldom)
C. Presence of God – Matthew 18:20
D. Righteousness hearts and lives
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