Friday, March 15, 2013

Sacrilege vs. Sanctity

The worship that changes the world is going to come from people who know God. To put that in terms of what we have been learning from old covenant worship, the worship that changes the world is going to come from people who, because of God's gift of atonement, are totally consecrated to God, giving themselves wholly to him as the firstfruits of the new creation. The worship that changes the world is going to come from people who delight in being at peace with God. It is going to come from people who are purified by Jesus' blood for holy service.

In addition, the worship that changes the world is going to come from people who know the value of the holy things of God. Sin not only defiles; it also desecrates. So, not only must there be purification of what has been defiled, there must also be consecration of what has been profaned. This setting apart to God takes place by means of payment. What was stolen from the Lord must be returned with payment for damages. How does that impact our worship today? Join us this Lord's Day to find out.

Songs
Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus (#81)
Doxology
O Sacred Head Now Wounded (#139)
Hallelujah! What a Savior (#128)
Join All the Glorious Names (#182)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Leviticus 17:1-16; Psalm 5
New Testament: Luke 10:21-42

Sermon
Worship, Wisdom, and Work Series: The Guilt Offering and Our Worship - Leviticus 5:14-6:7; 7:1-10

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