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Why Does the Church Come Together on Sunday? (Revelation 4:9-11)

Tony FelichTony Felich, August 19, 2007
Part of the Redeemer Vision series, preached at a Morning Worship service


FOUR POPULAR PERSPECTIVES ON THE PURPOSE OF SUNDAY WORSHIP
– Worship as Evangelism
– Worship as Education
– Worship as Experience
– Worship as Praise

In response to God’s covenantal initiative – His drawing near to us through Christ (grace) – we confess, thank, praise, and pray as renewed creatures who through the Spirit are enabled to give unto our gracious Lord the glory due His name.

1. THE COVENANT OF GRACE
– God’s plan to redeem us through Christ
– God informs and reminds us of His grace constantly

II. WORSHIP IS A RESPONSE TO GOD’S GRACE (Covenant Renewal)
– Centered on God’s Glory and Grace, celebrates Christ’s work, and depends on God’s Spirit!
– We receive the blessing of spiritual renewal as God “remembers”, and renews His covenant with us each Lord’s Day.
– Interaction Between God’s Work and our Response
1. GOD CALLS US – We gather to Praise Him
2. GOD RENEWS US IN CHRIST – We confess our sin
3. GOD INSTRUCTS US WITH HIS WORD – We respond in prayer, offering, and obedience
4. GOD MEETS AND FEEDS US AT HIS TABLE – We Eat God’s Food
5. GOD BLESSES US AND SENDS US OUT – We March Out to Serve God

III. OVERVIEW OF OUR WORSHIP LITURGY (see copy of Sunday bulletin)

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Revelation 4:9-11

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.” (ESV)

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