Title: Clear the Stage (the measure we must take to worship) Luke 10:38-42 “While they were traveling, He entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet and was listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, “Lord, don’t You care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.” The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.”” Point #1: Disregard the Distractions John 10:10- "The thief comes only to kill, steal, and destroy." The thing that has our greatest devotion is the thing that we will worship the most. "Show me your checkbook or debit card registry and I will show you the object of your worship" "Show me where and how you spend the majority of your time and I will show you the object of your worship" Martha was busy doing what she thought had to be done but what she almost missed was what she was created to do. If your heart isn't in a constant mode of worship, your hands are just for show. Exodus 20:3-4. "Do not have other gods besides me. Do not make an idol for yourself." Idol- Anything that is put before God. Worship, for the follower of Jesus, is WHO you are. It's not what you do. It's your lifestyle not something you add to your daily activities as a follower of Jesus. Worship is a presentation of our entirety to the one who gives us new life. Romans 12:1 “Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.” Romans 1:23-25 “and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles. Therefore God delivered them over in the cravings of their hearts to sexual impurity, so that their bodies were degraded among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served something created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen.” Idols of: success, image, money, materialism, position, popularity, ministry, religion. Point 2: Stop worrying about every body else! Luke 10:41-42 “The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.”” Matthew 7:3-5 “Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a log in your eye? Hypocrite! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” "Mary has chosen what is RIGHT" Psalm 139:23-24 "Search me oh God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way of everlasting."
Clear The Stage
October 8, 2017 • Jason Smith
Worship Creates Results
October 29, 2017 • Jason Smith
TITLE: Worship Creates Results IF worship is our lifestyle... THEN our life of worship should be producing results. 1-We Present ourselves as an offering to God 2-We Present ourselves HOLY to God 3-Our HOLY Presentation to God should PLEASE HIM POINT #1: Worship creates a picture of the Gospel in MOTION Psalm 40:3- "He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord." Psalm 40:1-2- "I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand." "I waited patiently for the Lord"= an ACT of worship It means that he was expressing confident trust in God BEFORE anything was in his favor. "Our worship will either PROMOTE the Gospel or it will PREVENT the Gospel" POINT #2: Worship creates BREAKTHROUGH POWER of God Acts 2:46, 42-43 "They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles." (I will ask a series of questions about are you in need of some things,..after I do, put on the screen:) THEN WORSHIP!! "It is not effective to simply tell someone to STOP worrying, STOP being proud, STOP being self-consumed, STOP being distracted, STOP being insecure, STOP being bound up, STOP being materialistic. But it is effective to tell them to START worshiping!" "But our worship results in momentum" "The more momentum the more results" "If what we are doing is not producing the desired results, then we will either do something different or do nothing at all." We should EXPECT RESULTS through our worship! POINT #3: Worship creates results that we JUST CAN'T STOP!! Psalm 40:7-10 Then I said, “See, I have come; it is written about me in the volume of the scroll. 8 I delight to do Your will, my God; Your instruction lives within me.” 9 I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; see, I do not keep my mouth closed— as You know, Lord. 10 I did not hide Your righteousness in my heart; I spoke about Your faithfulness and salvation; I did not conceal Your constant love and truth from the great assembly." "The results from my worship are contagious and the effects of the breakthrough power of worship allows us to walk in the truth, experience breakthroughs and God draws the lost to Him." "Worship is the declaration of our weakness and God's strength"
Worship Is Release
October 15, 2017 • Jason Smith
Title: WORSHIP IS RELEASE Bottom Line: Release brings an awareness of how powerful our WORSHIP is. "You don't have to wait for your release before you can worship because worship is release" Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” "A gentle and inviting command." "Come Now" #1: Worship is our OUTLET "Come to me NOW, with all of your oppression, with all of your mundane routine, with all of your overwork and under pay, with all of your responsibilities, and with all of your tension, stress, overwhelming situations...and exchange of those, I will give you an OUTLET" Outlet of Worship: Getting alone with God. Resting in His presence, with no distractions, praying and praising, asking for nothing and this allow us a spiritual, long lasting outlet through worship. John 14:27- "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." #2: Our Worship allows us to RELEASE as well as RECEIVE. "COME and TAKE" Matthew 11:29 "TAKE my yoke...or better yet, walk in my shoes, follow my leading, for i am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Jesus says, Come and Take. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." Worship is release and you don't have to carry that load anymore.
How To Become That Worshipper
October 22, 2017 • Jason Smith
Title: How to become THAT worshiper. POINT #1: Where your life of worship is NOW, is not where you want it to BE. Matthew 6:33- "But seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you as well." Seeking first take discipline! "Since worship is a lifestyle, then our life must produce a worship - style." How this happens: A-The First Step- This step is the hardest step, and it is the bravest step. B-It takes Humility- 1 Peter 5:6-"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time." POINT #2: Draw a line in the sand. 1 John 2:15 “Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. V.16- For everything that belongs to the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in ones lifestyle-is not from the Father, but is from the world.” "There is no MY way and God's way." "Our approach to God will determine the outcome of who we are becoming as a worshiper." We approach Him with reverence, respect, with praise, with godly fear, in repentance, and with an attitude of gratitude and thanksgiving." POINT #3: Embrace the Process John 3:17- "For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world would be saved through Him." **After salvation, what you establish, IN your worship, is who you will be in the future AS you worship.** Philippians 1:6- "Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." "Don't overlook or short change the process. The prices is in place for a purpose." "The work HE BEGAN may take a lifetime to complete, but it BEGINS WITH our daily choice to worship." POINT #4: Choose to make the Switch Joshua 24:15- "Choose today whom you will serve." Serving is an act of worship. (choose this day whom you will worship) "For who or what you worship, is who or what you will serve." Colossians 3:17- "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you worship, giving thanks to God the Father through him.