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December 25, 2013

MAY: A time of worship

Editor’s note: This is the fifth of a five-part series from Tom May during Christmas. Read previous columns at newsandtribune.com by searching for this author.

This Christmas season, we are looking at two verses from the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus. The verses focus on a group of political and religious leaders who followed a star to meet the newly born child in Bethlehem. As they followed the start to the house where Mary, Joseph and Jesus were staying, these two verses from the Bible describe the scene.

When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh (Matthew 2:10-11 NIV).

Today we will look at the word “worship” in hopes that we will learn this season what it means to be truly wise.

Has the music sung in your church’s worship changed over the past few years?  

Today the church is struggling with what worship should be. Boisterous or solemn? Hymns or songs of praise? Piano or bands? Multimedia presentations or flannelgraph boards?

The Scripture paints a little different view of worship. Isaiah. John.

It seems that people truly worship when they understand who God is.

I. We understand who God is when we see where he dwells.

II. We understand who God is when we see who is around him.

III. We understand who God is when we see what his plans are.

A. A major element of true worship is the ability to see God as He really is.

B. A major element of true worship is the understanding that God alone is worthy of total adoration.

C. A major element of true worship is the understanding that we are totally unworthy.

D. A major element of true worship is the understanding of the role Christ plays in God’s scheme.

E. A major element of true worship is consistency.

Several years ago, a phrase became popular at the Christmas season: Wise Men Still Seek Him. Even wiser men have found Him — and are in awe of who He is.

— Tom May is the Minister of Discipleship at Eastside Christian Church in Jeffersonville. He is an adjunct instructor in the Communications Department at Indiana University Southeast.

 

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