On Sunday we start a new sermon series based on our church mission statement: Loving God, Loving People. I bet a bajillion churches have that exact same statement, but that doesn’t worry us much. We had a fairly long strategic planning initiative a few years ago that led us to creating that statement. Based on Matthew 22:37-39, where Jesus says that the two greatest commands in the Old Testament are to Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and Love your neighbor as yourself, we condensed them to Loving God, Loving People.
But how do we actually do that?
We read in the Bible that there at least four primary actions that we should be involved in as we seek to love God and love people: worship, fellowship, discipleship and outreach. So our sermon series will look at each one of these, leading up to our second annual Church Has Left The Building Sunday!
On Sunday we start with…Loving God through worship.
Have you heard the story of Matt Redman’s song “Here I Am To Worship”? Its very interesting. What would it feel like to stop the songs???
When we come to worship, what is our attitude? Do we come to worship with the attitude that we are participants, that we have something to offer? Do we come to worship expecting that what we offer will launch us into a week of worshipping with our lives?
Or is worship a time where we sit and watch the professionals do the job? Do we feel we need to “get fed”? And if it wasn’t a good morning, if the sound wasn’t right, if the songs were not our favorites, and the preacher was just not on, then we feel dissatisfied?
Read 1 Corinthians 14:26-33 in preparations for the sermon. Feel free to discuss any questions you have about worship here.
This sermon will lay the groundwork not only for the rest of the series, but also for a special time of worship that we’re planning to take place in November…more on that to come!