You have said time and time again that you don’t have a problem with people being spiritual, but you just do not have time for organized religion.In fact, you have on several occasions ridiculed the idea of gathering together in a church building to worship God.You indicated that if God really existed, it would make more sense to “worship” that God outside in nature—instead of putting on uncomfortable clothes and coming together in a stuffy building with fake ficus trees and an old fashioned pulpit.
When Paul was talking about evidence for God one of the statements he made was this: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).Notice Paul was using God’s creation as part of his evidence that God exists.Basically Paul is saying this: “If you want proof that God exists, then go outside and look around.” Everywhere you turn you will see evidence of design and complexity.Go outside for evidence, yes!But what we are talking about today is worshipping our Creator.Examining the evidence for God is different from worshipping Him.
(I’m going to let you in on a little secret.I’m not a big fan of the pulpit between two ficus trees either.I am not sure when that tradition started, but it was picked up on by many congregations—and hasn’t changed in decades.If you have ever seen me preach/teach, you know I do not spend a lot of time behind a pulpit.Sadly, I think they separate the evangelist from the church family—almost setting up an “us” versus “him” scenario.In my mind I picture Jesus teaching among the people, not from behind a pulpit.)
The real issue at hand is not whether we worship God inside a building with fake ficus trees or outside on top of a mountain.The real issue is: Are you willing to humble yourself and actually do what HE wants?See, worshipping God is not about you, what you think, or how it makes you feel.Read that again, because most people have a hard time with that.They have been raised to think that everything is about them, and far too often they bring this selfish idea into worship.But worship is about God and for God.
Thankfully God has told us—through His inspired Word—exactly what our worship to Him should look like.In the New Testament we find 5 different acts of worship that God commands us to do.Each one of these is commanded, so again the question remains: Will you humble yourself enough to do what God instructs?Allow me to give a brief description of each of these five acts of worship:
Multiple times in the New Testament, we find passages emphasizing the importance of prayer, not just in our own spiritual life, but also as an act of worship.In 1 Timothy 2:8, we find Paul telling us, “I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” In 1 John 5:14, John tells us, “Now this is the confidence we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” Prayer is the way in which we talk to our Heavenly Father.Just as prayer is an important part of our everyday life, it’s an incredibly important part of our worship to God.
Using our voices to praise God in song is an integral part of our worship to Him.Colossians 3:16 tells us, “ Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Instruments were used in the Old Testament by the Israelites primarily in the temple.After the temple was destroyed, we have no record of followers of God using instrumental music until the 7th or 8th century A.D.Out of the 27 books in the New Testament, not a single one of them references any kind of musical instrument being used in worship to God.
A verse to remember is Ephesians 5:19-20.写基督徒，保罗说，“说话的诗章，颂词，灵歌，彼此又唱又在你的心脏的赞美主，常常感谢所有的东西，父神在我们的主耶稣基督的名。” God commands us to sing with our voices and make melody in our hearts.
在每一个福音的账户，他被钉十字架前右，耶稣在分担主的晚餐与他的门徒，当他这样做，他说，“在我的记忆做到这一点。” The Lord’s Supper is a time in which we fulfill this command given to us by Jesus.哥林多前书11：23-29给我们的主晚餐是什么的详细说明和30-32节告诉我们，它应该是自我反省的时间。一时间，我们专注于耶稣为我们在十字架上。
我听到你说什么关于“有组织的崇拜。” But have you honestly humbled yourself enough to consider what God specified about worship?因为再次，它不是你，这是他。