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How to Relate to God: Corporate Worship

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Last Sunday, Pastor Ed continued the series on "How to Relate to God" by talking about Corporate Worship.  The series is focusing on one of our core habits:  Practice creative devotion.

The service began with a joyful baby dedication of twins.

I am not healthily relating to God if I am not worshiping him gladly.

We're ordered to rejoice in the Lord, to delight in Him.  If there's no gladness, I may not know God.  I've got a connection problem.

We looked at John 4:19-24, where Jesus talked with the Samaritan woman.  The critical thing about worship is not the mechanics.  We need to worship in spirit and in truth.  Our heart needs to be engaged.

Worshiping isn't worship unless the heart's engaged.

Isaiah 29:13 -- It's possible to worship in vain.

Matthew 15:7-9  If our hearts aren't engaged, the form is meaningless.

Worship also engages our head.  We need a fully engaged understanding.

Idolatry is essentially to think wrongly about God.  Truth matters.  Sincerity isn't enough.

Real worship involves the heart and the head, spirit and truth.

Where does this come from?

When people experience God for who He is:

That experience drives them to confession.

That experience motivates them to offer themselves.

That experience launches them into praise.

This is the essence of Biblical worship.  It comes from seeing God for who He is.

How can we do this?  Offer ourselves to God, singing praying, bowing down, speaking truth about God.