Pastor Shane Ham : Made for Worship

Unchanging · 37:32 · Recorded August 2, 2020

Made for Worship

Ephesians 5:15-20 (NLT2) So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Convictions about worship:

1. What you worship is what you orbit your life around.

Mark 10:17-22 (Phi) …a man came running up and fell at his feet, and asked him, "Good Master, what must I do to be sure of eternal life?"… Jesus said, "You know the commandments, ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder’, ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honour your father and your mother’. " "Master," he replied, "I have kept carefully all these since I was quite young. "Jesus looked steadily at him, and his heart warmed towards him. Then he said, "There is one thing you still need. Go and sell everything you have, give the money away to the poor – you will have riches in Heaven. And then come back and follow me." At these words his face fell and he went away in deep distress, for he was very rich.

Worship – When something becomes so important to you that it drives your behavior and commands your emotions.

2. Worship is always for God’s pleasure.

Philippians 3:20 (CEV) But we are citizens of heaven and are eagerly waiting for our Savior to come from there. Our Lord Jesus Christ.

John 17:16 (GW) They don’t belong to the world any more than I belong to the world.

Micah 6:6-8 (NCV) You say, "What can I bring with me when I come before the LORD, when I bow before God on high? Should I come before him with burnt offerings, with year-old calves? Will the LORD be pleased with a thousand male sheep? Will he be pleased with ten thousand rivers of oil? Should I give my first child for the evil I have done? Should I give my very own child for my sin?" The LORD has told you, human, what is good; he has told you what he wants from you: to do what is right to other people, love being kind to others, and live humbly, obeying your God.

Amos 5:23-24 (CSB) Take away from Me the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice flow like water, and righteousness, like an unfailing stream.

3. Worship is more than a song, a meeting, or a place.

John 4:20-21 (CEV) "My ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews say Jerusalem is the only place to worship." Jesus said to her: Believe me, the time is coming when you won’t worship the Father either on this mountain or in Jerusalem… God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

Acts 16:25, 30-33 (CSB) About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. … Then he escorted them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household." Then they spoke the message of the Lord to him along with everyone in his house…Right away he and all his family were baptized.

4. Jesus is both the agent and object of our worship.

Psalm 24:3-4, 6 (NLT2) Who may climb the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. … Such people may seek you and worship in your presence.

Ephesians 3:12 (NLT2) Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

Titus 3:5 (CSB) He saved us— not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

Philippians 3:18-19 (NLT2) For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth.

Guarding the integrity of your worship:

Daily offer yourself to the Lord.

Romans 12:1 (NCV) So brothers and sisters, since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship.

Let God change the way you think.

Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT2) Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

Live accordingly!

  • Have you ever failed to recognize God as God? When have you addressed your worship to something or someone other than God? Spend time examining how you spend your time, treasure, energy, & emotion. What is the lynchpin in your life? If, through honest soul-searching, you find that it isn’t God – confess, repent, and make the needed changes to get back on track with God at the center of it all.

  • Pastor Shane talked about the type of worship that pleases God being one of love – for him and for others. What specific steps or actions will you take this week to live out the truth of Micah 6:8?

  • What passages of scripture from this message spoke to you most powerfully? Were there other scriptures or Biblical examples that came to mind as you listened to the message?

  • Have you been challenged during this time of separation with the idea that Christians are being denied the opportunity to worship? After today’s message, are you able to view that differently? Has today’s teaching been helpful in focusing in on points two and three?

  • What’s your main take-away idea from this message you’re going to be working on this week, and how can your group pray for or assist you with it?

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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  • So Will I

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