Heart Of Worship: Worship and the Word of God
Topic: Biblical Passage: 2 Timothy 3:15–3:17
Psalm 12:6 (ESV)
The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.
Isaiah 55:11 (ESV)
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
John 17:17 (ESV)
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
Matthew 4:4 (ESV)
But he answered, “It is written,“ ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
2 Timothy 3:15–17 (ESV)
and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
“And while I slept, or drank Wittenberg beer with my friends Philip [Melanchthon] and [Nicholas] Amsdorf, the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that no prince or emperor ever inflicted such losses upon it. I did nothing; the Word did everything.”Luther
• 70% of professing Christians say the Word of God is not fallible. It has errors.
• 50% believe that its wrong or outdated on matters of sexuality
• 78% do not read the Bible outside of the time they go to a worship
HEBREWS: Jesus is superior to everyone and everything
• God is on a mission to bring people into worship (Jesus is the superior means of doing this... (REST, PRESENCE, TEMPLE, etc...)
• He is SAVING PEOPLE TO THIS END and, like Jesus (the divine Word made flesh), they will be intermediaries to bring others to worship through the WORD
Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Hebrews 4:11–12 (ESV)
11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Psalm 95:6–8 (ESV)
6 Ohcome,letusworshipandbowdown; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! 7 ForheisourGod, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice, 8 donothardenyourhearts,asatMeribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
1. God’s Word is living
Isaiah 40:8 (ESV)
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
“When you read God's Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, ‘It is talking to me, and about me.’”Soren Kierkegaard
2. God’s Word is active
ἐνεργής, ές: pertaining to being effective in causing something to happen—‘effective, able to bring about
Isaiah 55:10–11 (ESV)
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Psalm 19:7–8 (ESV)The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
3. God’s Word is authoritatively discerning and piercing
4. God’s Word draws us into worship
Hebrews 12:28 (ESV)
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,
1. Place supreme value on the WORD
2. You value it by reading, meditating, focusing on it...
3. 4 questions (DNA)