I’m starting a new series called “Worship&…” I’m starting this series to show how the whole bible is a story about worship. It’s true! Like a lot of stories, its starts with a beginning where everything is good, but then the wheels fall off and there is a crisis.
The rest of the story is how the characters of the story are rescued in the most surprising way and how they live faithfully ever after.
I want to tell this story because I’m not sure if we get it. I’m not sure we get worship. When we say that word, we might think of a church service with announcements, prayer, preaching, giving offerings, baptisms, Holy Communion and, of course, music. The problem is that we see those things as a list of things we do. We might not know why we do them, but we know we should! And that, my friends, is the definition of “religion”. Religion is a list of things we do to be right with God. As soon as we start down that road, it’s easy to wonder if what we are doing is enough? Are we still ok with God? Do we need to work harder?
The problem is that it’s easy to make worship about ourselves. But the wonderful thing is that we aren’t the hero of the story. God is the hero. He is the center of the story and of all worship. He is the creator of worship and the one who places worship in our hearts. Yes. The story of worship is really the story of God. Author, Mike Cosper, writes,
“The gospel story is the worship story. Worship was God’s idea as he initiated creation.”*
So next week, we are going to start before the beginning. We are going back before Eden to the time before time.
We are going back to God himself…
*Quote from “Rhythms of Grace” by Mike Cosper.
**If you are looking for further reading, I would recommend “Rhythms of Grace” by Cosper, “The Drama and Scripture” by Bartholomew & Goheen and “Engaging with God” by David Peterson.