Experiencing renewed worship
    May 7 2012 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    It is hard for me to believe that we are already well into the month of May, and that the summer months will soon be upon us. Sometimes it seems like each year goes by faster than the one before. The busy pace of life only seems to continue gaining momentum, instead of ever slowing down.
    As busy as we all are, I know it can be easy to just go through the motions of life. We move from one thing to the next as we try to juggle different schedules, and we cross items off our to-do lists only to find ourselves needing to make more lists. We must guard our minds against becoming so preoccupied with the things of this world that we sometimes unknowingly become spiritually distracted and take our eyes off Jesus Christ. Although it’s not always easy in the middle of all the hustle and bustle, I want to challenge us to let this be a year of renewed worship. Every aspect of our lives should be lived as an act of worship unto our God. 
    We worship God in how we think by keeping our mind pure (Proverbs 4:23), and we worship God in how we speak to others by controlling our tongue (Ephesians 4:29). How we treat other people should also be an act of worship (1 Peter 4:8). Romans 12:1 instructs us to present our bodies as living sacrifices to God. Every day is an opportunity to show the world our love for God by the way we worship Him as we live for His glory.
    Just as we can sometimes fail to worship God in how we live, we can also come up short in truly worshipping God during our times of corporate worship with our church family. Kenny Lamm, our worship and music consultant, often says that worship is not about people on stage performing and the congregation serving as spectators. Do you ever find yourself just observing rather than worshipping during a church worship service? I must admit my own guilt.
    Worship is about responding personally to the indescribable grace of Christ, expressing to Him our gratitude, proclaiming our love and praising Him for who He is.
    If we are deliberately engaged in genuine worship of our Lord, it matters not if the music presentations or the sermon is good, we can still sense the presence of the living God.
    Kenny is doing a remarkable job helping churches of all sizes renew their worship. If you have not read his posted articles or attended one of his training events, I encourage you to do so. These events are designed to help your church truly focus on the purpose of worship and to help you lead people into God’s presence through corporate worship. You can visit renewingworshipnc.org to learn about all the different opportunities available to you.
    Worship should be part of who we are as believers in Jesus Christ. May our lives reflect the goodness and glory of our Savior.
    “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker!” Psalm 95:6
    5/7/2012 1:36:34 PM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments

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