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Culture of Worship

Brian Johnson

00:30:10 · Community

We can’t learn the heart of worship, we have to live the heart of worship.”

His presence is our focus

  • Story: The priority of worship in their church in Weaverville and how it’s been carried through here at Bethel.
  • When we worship God, He changes the atmosphere. He promises to inhabit the praise of His people.
  • Everything else in ministry comes out of your simple devotion to God.
  • We must structure all we do that directs people back to God.

Things can get messy

  • Sometimes it seems impossible to get the good stuff without the weird stuff.
  • Prov 14:4 “The only clean stable is an empty stable. So if you want the work of an ox and to enjoy an abundant harvest, you’ll have a mess or two to clean up!”
  • As leaders we are called to steward the lives of His people.
  • We are called to bear fruit and we will be known by our fruit.
  • Story: Talking about when God completely took over a worship set.

We are supposed to be pushing the boundaries in our worship to God

  • Matthew 26:7-13 Then Jesus went to Bethany, to the home of Simon, a man Jesus had healed of leprosy. A woman came into the house, holding an alabaster flask filled with fragrant and expensive oil. She walked right up to Jesus, and in a lavish gesture of devotion, she poured out the costly oil, and it cascaded over his head as he was at the table. When the disciples saw this, they were offended. “What a total waste!” they grumbled. “We could have sold it for a great deal of money and given it to the poor.”
  • Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Why are you critical of this woman? She has done a beautiful act of kindness for me. You will always have someone poor whom you can help, but you will not always have me. When she poured the fragrant oil over me, she was preparing my body for burial. I promise you that as this wonderful gospel spreads all over the world, the story of her lavish devotion to me will also be mentioned in memory of her.

He wants original offering

  • We can’t learn the heart of worship we have to live the heart of worship. 
  • We can never give too much to God. 
  • What seemed like too much in the story, was EXACTLY what he wanted.
  • God always backs his worshippers.