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Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Worship leads to Service

Worship only Worship?
Is it possible for a community of Christians to worship God but do nothing for the lost? To prioritise worship at the expense of evangelism? By 'worship' I mean here singing God's praises, praying and enjoying God's Word.

Of course it's possible, but is it right?

Acts 13 verses 1-3
In the church at Antioch, the saints were worshipping the Lord and praying. And it was in this context that the Spirit told them to set apart Paul and Barnabas "for the work to which I have called them." Worship led supernaturally to service, naturally.

Worship leads to Service. Service flows out of worship. And this is to be expected, for the following reasons:

(1) God is a worker (John 5:17). How on earth can we be said to honour a Worker without trying to  follow him, and his hard-working Son?

(2) God loves the world (John 3:16). How can we be said to love the God who loves the world and not love the world he loves?

(3) God calls us to serve the world in love (e.g. Matthew 5:13-16).

So if you find a community that says it worships but does not serve you have found at the least a distorted community, at worst a disobedient community.

The justification of apathy
Tragically Christian communities that have become detached from the world through laziness or so-called 'unworldliness" often end up justifying their position. They say things like "all that make disciples and be my witnesses stuff was for the apostles and early church."

Little by little they become a spiritual ghetto, drifting ever more eccentrically away from the world and the Gospel, while the world around them dies for lack of bread of life.

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