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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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life and worship

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.

“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

is life worship
Is Life Worship?

That there is a connection there is no doubt:

  • Rom.12:1-2our bodies “living sacrifices”
  • Col.3:17we are to do everything in His name
  • 1Cor.10:31do all to the glory of God

And it is also true that a Christian can certainly “worship” other than at “the assembly”:

  • Acts 16:25Paul & Barnabus were singing praises at midnight in prison
  • Heb.13:15Our lips can continually praise God
but does this mean that all of life is worship
But does this mean that All of Life is Worship?

Note a few passages which clearly show a distinction between life and worship:

  • Gen.22:5Abraham said “I and the lad will go yonder; and we will worship and return to you.”
  • Ex.24:1God said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord…and worship at a distance”
  • 2Sam.12:20David “went to the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house…”
but does this mean that all of life is worship1
But does this mean that All of Life is Worship?

The New Testament also teaches that “worship” is distinct from life:

  • Acts 16:13there was a time and a place dedicated to assemble and worship
  • Acts 20:7-8again, a time and a place was designated for worship
  • 1Cor.5:4 & 16:1imply regular assemblies for worship
  • Heb.10:25certainly implies the same
so from where does all of life is worship come
So from where does “All of Life is Worship” come?

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.

at issue is the word latreia
At issue is the word “latreia”

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!

so why are some pushing the point to have life worship
So why are some pushing the point to have Life = Worship?

Because they want to change what the N.T. says about real “Worship”! They want:

  • Informality. They compare the assembly the coming together on the first day of the week “to break bread” in Acts 20:7 to “an unplanned reunion of college friends” (Split Grape Juice, Mike Root, pp.50-51).

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

so why are some pushing the point to have life worship1
So why are some pushing the point to have Life = Worship?

They also want:

  • Feel-Good Religion. They want religious services (as such) to be about ME! Thus any assembly becomes about how it makes the participants feel about themselves- not about honoring God.

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!

so why are some pushing the point to have life worship2
So why are some pushing the point to have Life = Worship?

They also want:

  • “Fun” Religion. They want religious services (as such) to be entertaining! So, worship becomes orchestrated and ball teams, social events, and “fellowship” meals & parties dominate their religion.

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

so why are some pushing the point to have life worship3
So why are some pushing the point to have Life = Worship?

They also want:

  • To change the rules of worship concerning the role of women. They passages like 1Tim.2:11-12 and 1Cor.14:34-35 were just for first century problems and don’t pertain to us today.

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!

what to do
What to do?

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.