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September 9, 2018

Sermon: What’s God Offering Me?: Worship

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Scripture Lesson

Genesis 9:11-13; Revelation 4:2-11

Joseph made ready his chariot and went up to meet his father Israel in Goshen. He presented himself to him, fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while. Israel said to Joseph, ‘I can die now, having seen for myself that you are still alive.’

I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.’ God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

At once I was in the spirit, and there in heaven stood a throne, with one seated on the throne! And the one seated there looks like jasper and cornelian, and around the throne is a rainbow that looks like an emerald. Around the throne are twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones are twenty-four elders, dressed in white robes, with golden crowns on their heads. Coming from the throne are flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and in front of the throne burn seven flaming torches, which are the seven spirits of God; and in front of the throne there is something like a sea of glass, like crystal. Around the throne, and on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with a face like a human face, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and inside. Day and night without ceasing they sing, ‘Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God the Almighty, who was and is and is to come.’ And whenever the living creatures give glory and honour and thanks to the one who is seated on the throne, who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall before the one who is seated on the throne and worship the one who lives for ever and ever; they cast their crowns before the throne, singing, ‘You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.’

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
What’s God Offering Me?: Worship
Genesis 9:11-13; Revelation 4:2-11

I. Introduction: Blondie
II. Series: What’s God Offering Me?
III. This week: a place to worship God together
     A. Why should we worship God?
     B. Why should we worship God together?
IV. Why should we worship God? (Gen 9:11-13; Rev. 4:2-11)
     A. Because God is worthy (4:11)
         1. God is “seated” on a “throne” (4:2)
             a. With a “rainbow” (4:3)
             b. On a “sea of glass” (4:6; 9:11-13)
         2. God has attendants
             a. “Twenty-four elders” (4:4)
             b. “Living creatures” (4:6)
     B. Because the heavenly beings worship God
         1. For who God is (4:8)
         2. For what God has done (4:11)
     C. Because we need someone/something greater
V. Why worship God together?
     A. They worship God together in heaven
     B. It’s practice for the life to come
         1. Imperfect imitation
         2. What will we do for eternity?
     C. Others can encourage
VI. Can this apply to us?: Calls to:
     A. Worship God together
     B. Come to church
     C. Be generous toward the church
VII. Conclusion: Johannes Brahms, Requiem (1868)
     “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place”

 

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