Worship in Three Dimensions: Part 1

The Outward Dimension.

“First, worship can be reflected in how we behave toward others. Romans 14:18 says, ” For he who in this way serves [latreuo] Christ is acceptable to God.” What is this acceptable offering given to God? The context reveals that it is being sensitive to a weaker brother. Verse 13 says, “Therefore do not let us judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or stumbling block in a brother’s way.” In other words, when we treat fellow Christians with the proper kind of sensitivity, that is an acceptable act of worship. It honors God, who created and loves that person, and it reflects God’s compassion and care.

Romans 15:16 furthermore implies that evangelism is a form of acceptable worship. Paul writes that special grace was given to him “to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the Gentiles might become acceptable.” The Gentiles who were won to Jesus Christ by his ministry became an offering of worship to God. In addition, they who were won became worshippers themselves.

In Philippians 4:18, Paul thanks the Philippians for a gift of money to help him in his ministry: “I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.” Here, acceptable worship is described as giving to those in need. That glorifies God by demonstrating His love.

So worship can be expressed by sharing love with fellow believers, sharing the gospel with unbelievers, and meeting the needs of people on a very physical level. We can sum it up in a single word: acceptable worship is giving. It is a love that shares.”

 

-John MacArthur, Worship: The Ultimate Priority, 45.

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  1. Well I was recently caleld the conference guy so I’ll weigh in. I am lucky enough to attend a pretty good number of conferences each year. They range from media/creative, to technical, to the biggie trade shows like NAB and NRB. Here are my two recommendations!If you’re looking for a great overview of worship technology and building technology, you can’t beat the Worship Facilities Expo. I’ll be in Houston next week for this year’s version. WFX is a great investment for anyone who is getting ready to build a building. You will have an opportunity to look at all of the worship technology bells and whistles.As a bonus, you’ll have people there showing security systems and playground equipment and all kinds of stuff. It’s big enough to have the major vendors represented, but not so huge they don’t have time to meet with you.That’s also why I like the NRB convention. Even if you are not a broadcaster, consider the National Religious Broadcaster’s convention, if you are planning a major upgrade to your A/V/L systems. The show is pretty big with ALL of the major vendors there. But it’s not a monster like NAB. You won’t be able to talk for long with a Sony rep at NAB. They are busy talking with people who buy cameras by the dozen. At NRB, they have time to talk to you.I would also highly recommend MinistryTECH to you. It’s a small gathering. The content at the first gathering last year was very good. The best part though, is that it is so small you can’t help but network! You will meet peers and that has huge, huge value.Trade shows and conferences are a big investment. Travel isn’t cheap. But from my perspective, I can’t get where I need to go without making that investment. The ROI from a good conference is just huge.

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