Life and Worship. We’ve seen throughout our Wednesday evening Adult Study of Hosea that there is a close relationship between people’s worship and the way they live. But a modern thought is that all of life is worship.
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We’ve seen throughout our Wednesday evening Adult Study of Hosea that there is a close relationship between people’s worship and the way they live.
But a modern thought is that all of life is worship.
“Worship is a life given in obedience to God. It not a when or where proposition, but a what. It’s what we are. You can’t go to it or leave it, dress for it or from it, and can’t start it or stop it… it doesn’t open and close with a prayer, and it doesn’t have a human leader or a special day.”Mike Root, Unbroken Bread; p.115
That there is a connection there is no doubt:
And it is also true that a Christian can certainly “worship” other than at “the assembly”:
Note a few passages which clearly show a distinction between life and worship:
The New Testament also teaches that “worship” is distinct from life:
Proponents say from Rom.12:1:
“I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” (NASV, NIV)
The KJV and NKJV say, “which is your reasonsable service”
and the ASV says, “spiritual service”.
From the first two, some conclude Life = Worship.
It can refer more specifically to “worship,” and is so used inRom.9:4.
But even here, it is translated by the NASV as“temple service”.
“Service” is its more common usage,John 16:2andLuke 1:74.
“Proskuneo” is the usual word for “worship,” Matt.4:10; Luke 4:8; Rom.1:25.
“Proskuneo” isnot found inRom.12:1!
Because they want to change what the N.T. says about real “Worship”! They want:
That isn’t the implication of the text.
Nor of Paul, cp. 1Cor.4:17 > 14:26-40.
When we destroy the formality of worship, we make it common rather than special and divine! Ex.3:5
They also want:
True worship isn’t about us. It is about worshipping HIM! cf. Matt.4:10; John 4:21-24; Rev.14:6-7
When we make worship about “us,” we have made ourselves “enemies of the cross of Christ,” Phil.3:18-19!
They also want:
Remember what the Holy Spirit (through Paul) told the Corinthians when they had turned what should have been “worship” into a common meal?
Eat at home! 1Cor.11:22,34
Christianity is saving souls- not providing for the social/recreational requirements of man! Jas.5:20
They also want:
Really? The context of 1Tim.2:8 says otherwise. And the restrictions were based on creation, not first century problems, v.13 and 1Cor.11:7-9.
His instructions for the church at Corinth were the same as for all the other churches,1Cor.14:33!
Live godly lives,
but keep worship special!
Make it true worship to God and show due reverence, respect, awe, and praise!
It makes a difference, Matt.7:21.