WHAT TO DO DURING WORSHIP SERVICES
INTRODUCTION: Keith Huttenlocker has said, concerning worship, "Let
the one who would worship God open his mouth in praise, his heart in receptivity,
his mind in contemplation, his purse in dedication, and his hand in fellowship."
These are true words indeed! But in order to receive in worship we must
consider something we do before worship, during worship, and after worship.
I. SOMETHING TO DO BEFORE THE SERVICE.
"Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness"
II. SOMETHING TO DO DURING THE SERVICE
A. God has always wanted those who worship Him to be cleanses of personal
sinfulness before entering into worshiping.
1. Zechariah 3:3-4 "Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments,
and was standing before the Angel. 4- Then He answered and spoke to those
who stood before Him, saying, "Take away the filthy garments from him."
And to him He said, "See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I
will clothe you with rich robes.""
B. Christians need to seek to purify their lives before God as a prerequisite
2. Psalms 24:3-4 "Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may
stand in His holy place? 4- He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who
has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully."
1. Matthew 5:23-24 ""Therefore if you bring your gift to the
altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,
24- leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled
to your brother, and then come and offer your gift."
2. Colossians 3:8- "But now you yourselves are to put off all these:
anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth."
3. 1 Peter 2:1- "Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy,
envy, and all evil speaking,"
4. We must maintain personal righteousness, because our Lord is present
in our assemblies.
a. Matthew 18:20- ""For where two or three are gathered together
in My name, I am there in the midst of them.""
"receive with meekness the implanted word which is able to save your
A. One of the great purposes of the assembly is to receive
the Word of God.
1. In our singing
B. Teaching and receiving the wrong doctrine can cause our worship to be
vain in the sight of the Lord.
b. Ephesians 5:19- "speaking to one another in psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your
2. In the sermon
heart to the Lord,"
c. Colossians 3:16- "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all
wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual
songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."
a. Acts 20:7
b. Nehemiah 8:7-8 "Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai,
Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites,
helped the people to understand the Law; and the people stood in their
place. 8- So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and
they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading."
1. Matthew 15:8-9 "'These people draw near to Me with their
mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 9-
And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of
C. In light of this, what can we conclude?
2. John 4:24
1. We have an obligation to listen attentively to what is being
a. Acts 10:33- ""So I sent to you immediately, and you have
done well to come. Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear
all the things commanded you by God.""
III. SOMETHING TO DO AFTER THE SERVICE
"But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."
A. We need to remember that worship is not the sum total of
our duty to God!
1. Luke 9:23-24 "Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires
to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his
B. We must apply the lessons that we hear and follow them each day!
cross daily, and follow Me. 24- For whoever desires to save his life
will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it."
2. Acts 2:46- "So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and
breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and
simplicity of heart,"
1. Matthew 7:21
2. Romans 2:13- "(for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight
of God, but the doers of the law will be justified;"
3. James 1:23-25
4. One person has said, "Worship does not conclude your Christian obligation;
it merely equips you to carry it out."
CONCLUSION: Ted Malone, whose radio show came on early in the morning,
told of the Idaho shepherd who wrote: "Will you, on your broadcast, strike
the note 'A'? I'm a sheepherder way out here on a ranch, far away from
The only comfort I have is my old violin. It's all out of tune. Would
you strike 'A' so that I might get in tune?"
Malone honored the request. Later he received a "thank you" note from
the distant shepherd saying, "Now I'm in tune."
One of the purposes and responsibilities of personal and public worship
is to enable the aspirant to keep tuned to the Great Shepherd. One of the
joys of the Christian life is to help others recapture the missing note!
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