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Devoted to Worship

• Greg Boyd

Worship is saying true things about God to God, ascribing worth to Him, even “romancing” God. In true worship, our whole focus is on God.

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We are studying the early church so that we may model our own church after it. This model is available for us in the book of Acts.
What did that early church look like? Together (as a whole and in smaller groups) they were devoted to five things:

  1. Following the leading of the Holy Spirit
  2. The Word of God
  3. One another
  4. Prayer
  5. Worshiping God.

Worship is saying true things about God -to God, ascribing worth to Him, even “romancing” God. In true worship, our whole focus is on God. This serves to please God, and to build a passionate relationship with Him. Also, since God inhabits the praises of His people, there is a transforming power that effects a person’s life.
Worshiping God is a decision we make based on God’s worthiness to be praised. Later on, blessings come into our own lives.
Worship is for all of life, not just Sunday mornings. Worship is to involve many different methods (singing, dancing, playing of musical instruments, raising of hands, slow music, fast music).
Genuine worship is the best witness to non-believers. People are drawn into the energy and passion that is present in true worship of God.

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Focus Scripture:

  • Acts 2: 42-47

    42 They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

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