Romans 11:36–12:2 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. 1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world…… but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Hebrews 12:28-29 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29 for our God is a consuming fire. • • • • Why are you anger? Why did Sarah laugh? Why is the bush not burned up? Why have you despised the word of the Lord? • Why did I not die at birth? • Why do you worry? • Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye and not the log in your own? • Why do you call me Lord and don’t do what I say? • Why do you not believe me? • Why do you put me to the test? • Why have you forsaken me? Why does the church exist? • To preach the gospel. • To worship and receive instruction. • To bring hope and healing to the hurting. • To be lighthouse. • To equip the saints. • To declare and demonstrate Godly love and values. • To send missionaries to the outer most parts of the world. • To pray. • To raise and equip Christian leaders. • To comfort the grieving and encourage the lonely. • To feed the hungry and support the widows and orphans. • To motivate involvement in important issues. • To model authentic righteousness. • To uphold the truth and sanctity of the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 6:19–20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. The church exists to glorify God. Westminster Shorter Catechism of 1647 What is the chief end of man? Mans’ chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. To glorify means: To magnify, to elevate, to shed radiance or splendor on another. John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease. Psalm 145:1–7 I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. 4 One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts…… 5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. 6 They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. 7 They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. 5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. 6 They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. 7 They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. Worship is about glorifying God. Living a lifestyle of worship: • The “whens” in life… Living a lifestyle of worship: • The “whens” in life… • The “ins” in life… Living a lifestyle of worship: • The “whens” in life… • The “ins” in life… • The “ifs” in life… 1. Cultivating the habit of including God in every aspect of your life. 2. Refusing to expect or accept any of the glory that belongs to God. 3. Maintaining a relationship with Him that is more important than any other on earth. Meet often and alone with God. Meet often and alone with God. Admit you want the glory. Meet often and alone with God. Admit you want the glory. Filter everything through the question: Will this bring glory to God? He must increase, but I must decrease. It is for my good, and His glory!! Worship is about glorifying God. Isaiah 55:6–9 “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; 7 let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon…… 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.