A.W. Tozer once referred to worship as the “missing jewel of the evangelical church.” In spite of all the attention that worship gets, I fear that most Christians today do not understand what true, Biblical worship entails. Everyone worships, but not all worship truly. Some people worship falsely because they worship a false god. Others worship falsely because they worship the true God falsely. So that brings us to the question, what is Biblical worship? Below is a list of seven characteristics of Biblical worship that I adapted from Daniel Block’s book entitled For the Glory of God: Recovering A Biblical Theology of Worship.
1.) True worship is reserved for God alone (Ex 20:3-6)
2.) True worship involves reverent awe (Heb 12:28-29)
3.) True Worship involves action (Deut 10:12)
4.) True worship expresses submission to God (Rom 12:1)
5.) True worship aligns with the will of God rather than the sinful nature of human imagination. (Ps 15)
6.) True worship encompasses all of life (John 4:19-23)
7.) True worship is both individual and corporate (Heb 10:24-25)
If you would like to learn more about these seven characteristics of worship, I invite you to listen to the following two messages that I preached at Metropolis First Baptist Church:
Click on the title to watch the message:
Spiritual Habits: Worship Part 1
Spiritual Habits: Worship Part 2
Who are You Going to Invite to National Back to Church Sunday?
It’s time to reach out and invite your neighbors to church! People need to know that there is hope and a community of people like our church who will love them and do life with them. Metropolis First Baptist Church is joining the National Back to Church Sunday movement to help “Invite America Back to Church” on Sunday September 15.
According to Lifeway Resources, 82% of unchurched people would attend church if someone invited them! Yet fewer than 2% of Christians ever invite an unchurched person to come to church! Even if you have never tried inviting someone to church, we are going to make it easy this fall with a special service.
It’s not as hard as it may seem. Did you know that most people who have dropped out of church haven’t lost their faith in God—they simply fell out of the habit of going to church? Some moved, had a change in life circumstances, or had a falling out with their former church and simply drifted away. Most often, life just became too busy. This means many of them could be open to returning to church.
We encourage you to step out in faith and invite someone to rediscover church. We are planning a special service at 10:15 am on September 15th so that our new guests will feel welcome and comfortable. Inviting a friend is a simple gesture that could change someone’s life.
By participating in this national movement, we will be joining thousands of other churches across America in helping invite everyone to church. Last year, 13,150 churches from 42 denominations participated and together they gave out an estimated 7.5 million invitations to church. Our church is one of the 20,000 churches expected to participate this year.
This year, let’s reach out to our friends, family and neighbors with printed invitations, Facebook posts, and personal asks. We will be handing out invitations on September 8th for you to deliver to your friends and family. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to invite your friends and family to church with you.
Need some inspiration? Check out this promotional video for Back to Church Sunday: http://www.youtube.com/user/BTCsunday.