His Church: Worship

The Gift of the Best (Malachi 1:6-14)

The Gift of the Best (Malachi 1:6-14)

The language of offering is all over the New Testament - applied to financial contributions, converts in mission work, bringing worship to the throne of God, even our bodies being a living sacrifice in service to others. But to understand the significance of the Quality of an offering, we need a passage like Malachi 1 to shake us up and open our eyes to how God sees anything which falls short of our best.

Behind the Traditions (Matthew 15:1-9)

Behind the Traditions (Matthew 15:1-9)

We explore 3 kinds of traditions: those built on biblical precedent, those which violate biblical precedent, and those which are neutral and should be flexible. What are the dangers which can come with all 3 kinds?

To the House of the Lord (Psalm 122:1-9)

To the House of the Lord (Psalm 122:1-9)

Psalm 122 is a journey to and from a collective worship gathering with the people of God. The journey gives us 3 stages: Anticipation of the Collective Worship, Participation in It, and Transformation from it as we go back into the world.

Memory: The Supper of Remembrance (Luke 22:14-20)

Memory: The Supper of Remembrance (Luke 22:14-20)

We cap off our series on how the Christian handles Memory by exploring what the weekly sharing of the Lord’s Supper teaches us about our memories. We examine the remembering of our Lord from 3 angles: His Story, My Story, Our Story.

Consumer-Driven Christianity (2 Timothy 4:1-5)

Consumer-Driven Christianity (2 Timothy 4:1-5)

Are we guilty of trying on churches in a way which resembles shopping for clothes or a toy? We discuss the dangers of church hopping, church shopping, and becoming passive members who consume without producing.

The Assembly Among Early Christians (Hebrews 12:22-24)

The Assembly Among Early Christians (Hebrews 12:22-24)

How do we regard the importance of our assemblies together as compared with the emphasis placed on them by the early church? Which cultural factors have contributed to the devaluing of our time together? We examine these questions and look at 3 passages in Hebrews which should help reignite our anticipation of our regular gatherings as God's people.

Getting the Sequence Right (Psalm 24:1-10)

Getting the Sequence Right (Psalm 24:1-10)

"Why do I need God in order to be good?" It's one of skeptics' most common questions. We explore this question but also try to demonstrate its inadequacy. Being good is not the end for which we were designed. It is the middle part of a sequence that must begin elsewhere and end at a higher destination. 

The Resurrection and the Day of the Lord (Acts 2:12-24)

The Resurrection and the Day of the Lord (Acts 2:12-24)

The expression "Day of the Lord" is not just about the final coming of Jesus and final judgment. The Bible uses it for several moments throughout history. So what connection does this expression have to the events surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus and the subsequent outpouring of the Spirit? And what does it have to do with our worship gatherings?

In Spirit and in Truth: 3 Layers (John 4:19-26)

In Spirit and in Truth: 3 Layers (John 4:19-26)

A conversation around a well in Samaria transitions from the life of a certain woman to a broader discussion of worship, but it is still directly related to her circumstances and potential barriers for her. Jesus offers a message of hope for her and in the process gives us a simple but profound understanding of worship by describing it in 2 words: SPIRIT and TRUTH. We peel back 3 layers of what may be embedded in those 2 words and see what the layers mean for our practice of worship.

There's Just Something About that Name (Acts 3:13-16)

There's Just Something About that Name (Acts 3:13-16)

We examine the wealth of passages that focus on the name of Jesus - from salvation in His name to prayer in His name to the opposition His name will receive and even how we can be guilty of misusing His name.