Tuesday, May 3, 2016

WORSHIP IN THE HOME (free ebook)


Billy Ramsdell
April 7
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15)
Doesn’t that look great on a wall hanging?? But…what does it mean, really??
At Pikes Peak Christian Church we seek to bring attention to what real WORSHIP looks like. We will spend the month of April on a series called “REIMAGINE WORSHIP”.
www.reimagineworship.com
We will begin by learning more about “WORSHIP IN THE HOME”. What does this mean? Am I doing it right? Do my kids get it? I take my kids to church on Sunday, isn’t that good enough? We take communion and try not to be a bad person, isn’t that good enough?
WORSHIP as a word and concept was introduced into the human conversation in a very unexpected way. We pray to learn from this and to apply it in our everyday life and home. To bring WORSHIP IN THE HOME we must understand where it began and why.
Genesis 22 tells us a story of Abraham, we call him Father Abraham, because he was an early Faith Father to the people of God and eventually, much of the population of the world. Before then, Abraham had only a promise from God, that he would be made a Father to many nations. He had no son to carry his name, he grieved it and was a little confused. Then, God game him several kids, one of which was his most prized son, Isaac.
In the story, God calls Abraham to go to Mt. Moriah to offer a sacrifice. This was one Old Testament element of WORSHIP, even though they didn’t use the word, exactly, until this one incident. Abraham makes things ready to head up the mountain, in obedience the God. The strangest part of the story was the object of sacrifice, it was his son, Isaac.
QUESTION: Would God really give Abraham the gift of life, a son to carry on his legacy, his beloved and cherished child, only to ask him to give him back in an offering? This is hard for us to relate to today, but lets try to learn from the moment Abraham began using the word “WORSHIP”. The Word of God says, “Sometime later, God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham’! ‘Here I am’, he replied. Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, whom you love – Isaac – and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.’ Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, ‘stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will WORSHIP and then we will come back to you’ (Genesis 22:1-5)
The foundational point of this message to us, regarding a HOME OF WORSHIP is this….
  •  WORSHIP began in the context of the home & family. Not in a temple, tabernacle, church or cathedral. God introduced this word in the context of a father and son, living in obedience to God and doing it together. This is evidence that God placed the idea of WORSHIP first, in the home and the family.
  •  WORSHIP in your home begins with you. You reproduce who you are, not who you want to be, or who you want others to be. So, lead your family in the direction you want them to go by being willing to go first. Be who you want others to become!!!
  •  WORSHIP is not part of our life, it is our life. We don’t exist to be comfortable, to pay bills, to go bowling, to watch sports or catch all the great deals at the market. Those things are part of life, but we are first and foremost a living, breathing sacrifice of WORSHIP to God. It’s not part of our life….IT IS OUR LIFE.
  •  WORSHIP in the Home is developed as we engineer environments that either promoteor interfere with the presence of God in our home. We must consider the focus and direction of our home. We must consider the atmosphere and environment. Does worship as a lifestyle grow from the environments we build? We are not talking about the act of going to church or being a good person. We believe those are good things to do, but we must shift to a lifestyle of worship, environments where worship is normal and that requires us to develop these environments on purpose.
    • Limit – Limit the stream of secular media into your mind, heart, ears and home. The voices coming from the world are so loud and constant. We cannot expect our family to hear God effectively when the draw of the world rings in their ears all the time. Turn it off and turn it down. Make space for you and your family to hear the voice of God.
    •  Invest – Invest into the truth of God and experiences that get you and your family into the presence of God. We crave what we eat, so make it possible for you and your family to eat and drink of the work and presence of God often. Go to conferences, buy great Christian music and videos, read books about the truth of God or those who live it out. Learn together, grow together and do more than just look for the next opportunity to be entertained. Look for opportunities to invest into yourselves.
    •  Practice – As you invest, you will be practicing the presence of God together. Serve together, learn together, worship together, go to church, concerts, bible studies or whatever helps your family grow in the truth. In our town we go to the Desperation Conference, The Thorn, the Belong Conference for women, movies that bring God into the picture like War Room or Woodlawn. We are not saying “be super Christian” about everything you do. We are saying flex the muscles of service, prayer, worship, learning and growing, more than you flex the muscles of entertainment, distraction and discouragement, isolation and disconnection.
  •  RESOURCES & SUGGESTIONS……….These are not silver bullets, just suggestions about how to invest in areas that may help you develop environments where the presence of God. You should be able to search these on the internet and find them easily.
    • www.reimagineworship.com
    • www.Yes2God.org/NextGen/Engage
    • Family Christian Store or Mardel (books & music)
    • Parent Que (smart phone app – aligns with our children’s ministry curriculum)
    • RightNow Media (netflix type site for 1000s of hours of Christian content)
    • Family Worship Weekends (family church experience at PPCC)
    • Vacation Bible School (VBS for kids and parents too this year)
    • Adventures In Odyssey (Radio, Internet, Club & Ice Cream Shop)
    • Desperation Conference (Student Conf. here in Colorado Springs)
    • Dare2Share Conference (Student Conf. in Denver)
    • Heaven Fest (Christian Concert Festival in Denver)
    • Winter Jam (Christian Concern here in Colorado Springs)
    • Heart of a Woman (Ladies Conference in Colorado Springs)
    • Glen Eyrie Conf. Center (Women’s, Men’s, Couples events)
    • Camp Eagle Lake (Student Camps)
    • Weekly Youth Group, Small Groups, Children’s Church
    • Family Mission Trips
    • Service Projects in the City
    • Special Events at Church

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