This Sunday begins our "Worship. Grow. Share." series at Goss Memorial Church. We are excited to think about these Biblical concepts, dive into Colossians 3, and challenge the implications for the purpose of our local church.
Our first two weeks will focus on "worship" from Colossians 3:1-4.
Defining worship in a blog entry presents an impossible challenge. So the space here prevents a full definition of the word. So for a brief focus, let me share one of my favorite pictures of worship.
Exodus 7:16 - And you shall say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you, saying, “Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness.” But so far, you have not obeyed.
The Hebrew slaves could have had many reasons to want out of Egypt. This is no basic history of human slavery and freedom. God's people wanted out of the bondage of slavery. We must ask: "Who wouldn't?" Great question. Anyone would want out of slavery, harsh treatment, or from under the hand of a controlling ruler such as Pharaoh.
The outcry could just as easily have demanded: "Let us go that we may live our lives in freedom!"
But the outcry, at its core, had to do with worship. They wanted out of the horrific conditions so that they could worship.
Do we seek the simple type of freedom that lets us do the things we want to do? Or do we want God to be at work in our lives with worship at core of our desire?
God, over and above any other desire we may have for you to work in our lives, set us free that we may worhsip!