There is a widespread Christian conviction that all people are born with an innate impulse to worship. And that in worshipping God we find our place, joyful fulfilment and meaning in an otherwise confusing world. In Act 17 we read

24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

The preaching series in term 2 at Hope focuses on the topic of worshipping God. In this series we will explore this as we look at what the bible teaches us about things like the priority of worship, the allure of idols, the place of worship, the commitment to worship, the freedom to worship, the prayer of worship, the power of worship for mission, the generations gathered to worship.

During this series will run worship nights for people to go further with the things that we talk about on Sundays.

May 6 The Priority of Worship (Deut 5:1-7) (Hamish)

What is worship? Why God?

This sermon is to be preached in the context of the Exodus and Moses requesting of Pharaoh the freedom to go out and worship (Ex 9:1; 10:24).

It is in tune with the first question and answer of the Westminster Shorter catechism:

  1. 1. What is the chief end of man?
    A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

It is in tune with what Jesus said about priorities (Mt 6:33; 22:36-40)

May 13 The allure of idols (Deut 5:8-11) (Hamish)

What is idolatry? Why does scripture make such a big deal about it?

This sermon is preached in the context of the story of the Golden Calf (Exodus 32)

May 20 HWW (Lea)

May 27 HWW (Lea)

June 3  The Place of Worship (1 Peter 2: 4-5) (Marty)

Is this about a building, a person or a people?

This sermon is preached in the context of story of the tabernacle and the temple

It draws on the image of temple and picks up the vital NT connection between individual and corporate worship is contained in texts like Romans 12:1-2 re the individual, texts like 1 Peter 2:5 re the corporate body.

June 10 The commitment to worship (Luke 10:25-28) (Hamish)

How much does this require of me? What do I give to this?

It is preached in the context of Jesus’ call to worship with heart soul, strength and mind (Luke10:27 cf Deut 6:5); it reflects on and contrast with the popular idea that all of life is worship

June 17 The freedom to worship (John 4: 1-26) (Marty)

Why does worship become dry, stale and ritualised? How does our worship become free, spontaneous and alive?

This is preached in the context of the story of Jesus and the woman at the well, where Jesus talks about worshipping in spirit and truth (John 4:1-26; see also Matt 15:8 [the worship with their lips not hearts])

This sermon may have some coaching element.

June 24 The prayer of worship (Psalm 100) (Jess)

What am I praying when I worship? How am I praying? How do I pray in worship? What is the place of sung worship in this?

This sermon in preached in the context of the Psalms. It carries the idea of going through the gate of thanksgiving, across the courtyard of praise, to enter into the Holy place [where now the curtain has been rent in two]

July 1 The power of worship for mission (2 Chronicles 20:1-30) (Hamish)

How does worship fit with God’s call to mission in the world? What is the power of worship for transformation in the world?

This sermon is preached in the context of the story of Jehoshaphat defeating Moab and Ammon. There is much also in Isaiah 6 where worship lead naturally into a commission to do God’s work.

July 8 The generations gathered to worship (Deut 6:4-7) All age worship (Rob)