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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The importance of Sunday morning worship

I love the church.
I really do.
I really like our church with all of its strengths and weaknesses.
One of my favorite aspects of church life is when we gather together on a Sunday morning for worship.
I can't wait for Sundays.
Many times sleep comes and goes on a Saturday evening because I am so excited for Sunday morning.
Please know this:  Sunday mornings are important and we must guard Sunday mornings for worship as a church family.
Here's what I know:  the church is not meeting together on a golf course for relationship.  The church is not a parachurch ministry where we all gather together on a Sunday morning to "do" the work of God - outside of the church campus - no matter how sincere we might be.
We must never let go of the fact that one major part of the church is when the people of God gather together on a Sunday morning to worship him, corporately and together.
It is becoming a disconcerting trend in our churches across the country to "do" ministry outside the church on a Sunday morning - when the people of God are called to gather together to lift up the name of Jesus.
We see that in the secular realm where ball games and soccer games and other events are now routinely scheduled on a Sunday morning.
And now, we in the kingdom are buying into that - if we are in ministry somewhere outside of our church campus - that is the church.
My plea today is that we continue to guard Sunday mornings as a time when we as the people of God come together to center our lives around Christ.
My plea today is that we continue to put Christ at the center of our lives.
How can you tell that is happening?
You stop worrying.
Paul writes in Philippians 4:6,7, "It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life."
There's a word for this.  It is the word "worship."
Whenever you focus your life on God, that's called worship.  Whenever you center your life on God that is called worship. 
And worship is the antidote for worry.
If you want to worry less, worship more.  Because if  you worship less - you are going to worry more.
When are supposed to worship?
Leviticus 23:3 states, "You have six days to do your work but the seventh day of each week is holy because it belongs to Me.  No matter where you live you must rest and come together for worship."
God is looking for people who will take time on a Sunday morning and love him.   Those who will minister to the Lord.
Let's never replace ministry for a corporate time of worshipping God - together.
Just a thought for a Tuesday

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