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Friday, February 10, 2006

A Few Comments on Dr. Mohler's Articles

I absolutely loved reading Dr. Mohler's three part blog entry on worship and what it means. I wanted to address something in it that I think is very timely in our churches today, one that has been on my mind very much in recent months. You can find the third installment here, and at the bottom of the page, you can also find links for the other two parts. However, now I want to get on to one of the comments he made:
Worship calls for an ongoing response seen in the proclamation of the gospel, in evangelism, and in missions. If our worship is weakened, our missionary witness will be weakened as well. We will forget the God who has sent us. We will neglect the content of the message of redemption with which he has sent us.

To this I can only say amen, and AMEN! I firmly believe that a main reason, if not the main reason why the people of God are not passionate in sharing the Gospel is that they are not worshiping the God they are being told to witness about! How can we be a witness of this Great God of ours if we are not experiencing Him in worship for ourselves? How can we tell others how awesome He is if we are not seeing his awesomeness? How is it possible for us to "declare His glory among the nations" (Psalm 96:1-3) if we are not seeing some of that glory?

Worship is absolutely critical; as Dr. Mohler says later on in his post:
We were created to worship God. The whole story of our redemption retells how we were created to worship God but by our sin became disqualified from that true and authentic worship. By God's redemption in Jesus Christ, we were created anew for the purpose of worshiping God. And every glimpse of heaven we have in Scripture indicates that worship will be our eternal occupation. It is for that purpose that we are being prepared even in the present.

Far too often in our evangelism we make man the end of it all. This is not the correct way to evangelize! YES, it is true that people will be condemned to an eternity in Hell if they do not receive Christ as Lord and Savior (John 1:12, Romans 10:9), and that is a powerful motivation for our sharing Christ -- but it is not the chief motivation! The chief motivation is this: GOD deserves the worship of everyone, and He is not getting it. JESUS paid a price on the cross to redeem a people for Himself, and He deserves His reward.

Our lives and our mission are not about the people in the church or the people outside of it (though more emphasis should be given to the people inside than out, Galatians 6:10). They are about our great and mighty God, and for the glory of His Name.

May we never forget that.

To God Alone Be the Glory!

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