Welcome to Bible Baptist ChurchBallincollig, Cork Celebrating 12 Years Today is the Lord’s Day Sunday, 24th of September, 2006
September’s Memory Verse God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24
Announcements • Church Tonight at 7pm – beginning Hymnspiration, Why We Sing What We Sing! • Wednesday evening Prayer meeting at 7pm - NO Bible Study – Every Christian HERE! • Agata Swiatek heads back to Poland this week – we will miss her!
True Worshippers Abraham and Isaac Genesis 22
Review – Worshipping God in Spirit and Truth • This is a study series looking at True Worship, and True Worshippers • So Far, we have looked at the Wrong Ways to Worship, and then the Right Ways to Worship God • Today, we begin to look at HOW God’s people worshipped God – starting with Abraham and his son Isaac in Genesis 22
Worship … What is it? • To show someone’s worth-ship! • An act of ascribing worth/value to a person • To honour – extol, lift-up, praise • To please • To bless • To love with all the heart • To glorify – put all the attention on • To serve gladly and whole-heartedly • When a person worship’s God, these things are all active!
Background(Genesis 21:33,34; 22:1) • Abraham lived to worship God, no matter the cost! • That determination was going to be tested in this chapter • Abraham had seen some serious failures in his own life - Lack of faith • Abraham had also seen God do some great things in his life • Abraham had been learning how to worship God, but in Genesis 22, he will learn thoroughly, and God will show us perfectly
Biblical Example of Worshipping GodAbraham (Genesis 22:1-19) • God’s Test of Worship • Abraham’s Response • Abraham’s Faith • Abraham’s Worship • God’s Pleasure • Abraham’s Change – he will never be the same
God’s Test of Worship (Genesis 22:2) • What is the most important thing to you? • Your Problems? • Your Past? • Your Friends? • Your Lack of Money? • Your Prestige and Position in people’s eyes? • All of the above get in the way of our worship that is due unto God • For the rich young ruler money was most important • For Peter, it was the Messianic kingdom • For Paul, the Jewish religion was most important • For Abraham, Isaac was most important
Abraham’s Response (Genesis 22:3) • Patient Obedience • Prepared Obedience • Silent Obedience
Abraham’s Faith (Genesis 22:4,5) • He saw the end from the start • He leaned only on his God to carry him • He went all this way “to worship” • He was NOT sure of what was going to happen • He just knew God would bring BOTH Abraham AND Isaac back down the mount, and then back home
Abraham’s Worship(Genesis 22:5-10) • It Was a Burden • It Was a Picture (John 8:56) • It Was a Sacrifice • There is no worship without a Sacrifice • There is no worship without a Cost – a high cost! • There is no worship without Faith - he had to trust • There is no worship without Obedience • There is no worship without an Altar • There is no worship without Detail
God’s Pleasure(Genesis 22:11-18; Rev 4:11) • Is in our obedience – not in what we give (1Samuel 15:22) • Is in supplying the Sacrifice that we truly need – Himself the Lamb! • Is in showing Himself – we learn most of God in the fiery trials of our afflictions (Daniel 3:23-25) • Is in blessing us (Genesis 22:15-18)
Abraham’s Change (Genesis 22:19) • An unshakeable joy • A new address • A readiness for anything now • All because Abraham learned how to truly worship his God
Conclusion • What is the most important thing to you? • How easy do you find it to obey when things are rough, and God’s will is hard? • Worship is an act of faith • How Determined are we to PLEASE GOD with our Worship, instead of please ourselves? • True Worship Will Change You • Begins with the new birth, and will follow through a testing – are you now better ready for that test – ready to worship? No matter the cost?