Friday, January 18, 2013

Drawing Near to God in Christ

The centerpiece of God’s presence in the world today is the church, and our gathered worship is the pinnacle of his presence. The songs you sing are more primary than the vote you cast for president. The preaching of the Word is more potent than Congress, for God is present and speaking when his word is proclaimed. The proper worship of God is much more significant to our health and social well-being than gun control laws or fiscal cliff deals. In short, worship drives culture. Worship directs our work. We need the wisdom to work out our worship into all of life, so that we consistently proclaim Jesus as Lord. We want to make the true God inescapable in our own lives and the lives of those around us. We want men to know that he is the Lord. That is our goal for this series of studies from the Scripture. We want to gather new insights from the Word of God about how to worship God aright, drive that deep into our hearts, and then work it out of our feet and our fingertips. 

Our plan in this series of sermons is to learn from old covenant worship about how we ought to worship in the new covenant. Of course, in order to do this, we need to pay careful attention to the work that Jesus has done. As always, the good news of Jesus is central to our worship and our work. So, we are going to start with some studies in the epistle to the Hebrews in the NT, then we are going to go back to the book of Leviticus to give a fully biblical structure to our worship. Once that is done, I believe we will be better prepared to wisely live according to our new covenant relationship with God in our present day. We will study some of this on a very practical level from the book of Proverbs. 

We are like pioneers, clearing ‘new’ ground in order to become productive for the Lord. We want to build a culture of faithfulness, making the church the city of God that it is designed to be, calling the city of man to repent and trust in Jesus as Lord. Join us as we draw near to God in Christ!

God Himself Is Present
Amazing Grace (#247)
There Is a Fountain (#267)
Thine Be the Glory (#162)   

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Leviticus 13:40-59; Psalm 65
New Testament: Luke 7:36-50

Worship, Wisdom, and Work Series: Jesus' Work and Our Worship - The Epistle to the Hebrews    

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