Source SM Recap: Volume #38

IMITATE Christ Screen(fbook)Current Series: ImitateTitle: “Worship is a Lifestyle” The Word: Romans 12:1-2, Matthew 22:37-39 Main Thought: Worship is a lifestyle of following Christ everyday.

Message Explanation:  If I were to ask you what is most important in your life, what would you think about? At times we are obsessed with everything else but God right? We were created for worship. The focus of our life reveals what we worship. What you do and I do reveals who or what we worship.

Is it possible that we have COMPARTMENTALIZED our life so much that worship is one hour per week inside of a building at church? Worship means we “give worth” to something or someone. 

In the Old Testament, Moses delivered God’s Word to the Israelites. Exodus 20:3-5: 3 “You must not have any other god but me.4 “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. 5 You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.”

Moses displayed the IDOLS before the Israelites. You might say that we don’t have idols today, but Today’s modern day golden idols. What is an idol? it is anything we worship in the place of God.

God: How do we worship God?

1. Give yourself fully surrendered to God (Romans 12:1) Romans 12:1: “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him”

Worship is not a spectator sport. It is GIVING back to God because He deserves our worship.

Jesus is the center. Worship is not adding him to my life. Worship is responding to the wonder of God. 

2. Renew your mind through worship (Romans 12:2)

Romans 12:2: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

We need to be MOLDABLE to God in every area of our lives. Fight against trying to FIT IN the mold of the world. Imitate Jesus daily!

3. Worship Jesus everyday by how you live your life

God is the creator of the universe. He knows how many hairs are on our heads. He knows our thoughts from afar. He knows our heart motives. He is CREATOR God! He is above all, powerful and holy and AT THE SAME TIME, he loves us with an undying, unconditional love.

God is calling out to use to be TRANSFORMED daily. He deserves much more than an hour a week. It is seeking after God through surrender to His mission. Worship is living everyday grateful for the goodness of Jesus.

Matthew 22:37-39: Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Review series: Week 1: Pray like Jesus: Prayer is acknowledging God’s greatness and aligning our hearts to be dependent upon Him. Week 2: TAG Time: For students to pause daily to spend TAG and live it. Week 3: Giving: Where you spend your time and money reveals what matters most to you Week 4: Share your Story: Imitating Jesus is sharing how He has changed your life

Element of Fun: The middle school students played a game called, “Make it or Break it.” It is a video driven game that each grade competes each week for this series! The 8th grade group won!

Music: We are the Free, One Thing Remains, Holy Spirit.

Favorite Moment: Students wanting to follow God in baptism! 

What’s Next: We will begin the series, “Call of Duty” as we talk about the armor of God! FINALCallofDutyScreen

To watch any of the series messages, check out the vimeo page