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Advance the Church – Notes from Tim Smith

tim smithNotes from Tim Smith

Advance the Church – Fall 09

Vintage 21 Church

  • If we fail to define the nature and object of worship we create idolatrous false worship
  • The nature is biblical context of worship
  • The object is how God desires our worship
  • Spirituality apart from the Holy Spirit is demonic
  • Worship leader that does not study/prepares = fail
  • Deep study and theological understanding is never at odds with worshiping God
  • Worship of God = the glory of God
  • The glory of man is like God’s but it is different b/c it is a finite glory as it withers and fails.  God’s glory is infinite and never fails.
  • 1 Corinthians 6:20 – our response to the work of Jesus is to glorify God in our body.
  • 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 – the god of the world (Satan) blinds the world to keep non-believers from seeing the light of the Gospel and the glory of Jesus Christ.  But shines His light into hearts so that believers have the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in Jesus Christ.
  • The church points to God’s glory and God is the one who changes hearts.
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18 – As we behold the glory of God we are transformed into the image of God and this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
  • If we settle for any other glory, then we diminish the image of God in our lives.
  • Man does not have any glory worthy of giving to God except our reflection our God’s glory.
  • God does not need any glory that we will give Him.  He desires us to reflect His glory in worship.
  • Revelation 21 – the light of Heaven is the glory of God and the lamp is the lamb.
  • Any deeper motivation than the glory of God is by default an idol of false worship.
  • Implications:
    • All of life is worship
    • Worship is both gathered and scattered.
    • We don’t go to worship but come worshipping.
    • Worship is our response to God’s initiation.
    • Worship is the continuous outpouring of all humanity – the question is what is worshiped?
    • God’s glory should move us.
    • 1 Peter 1:8 – rejoice with joy that in expressible and filled with glory
    • How much of what we do is a reaction to the abuses we have seen instead of responses to scripture? This is not being moved by God’s glory but by our preferences.
    • Mere thoughts and mere deeds are manageable by the carnal heart. John Piper – Changing a heart and giving glory to God cannot by managed by the carnal heart.
    • You don’t know anything until it moves you and changes you.  You do not know the glory of God until it moves and changes you.
    • Scripture does not suggest the way we are to be moved but commands the ways we are to be moved.  John Piper.
    • Scripture commands that we respond to God’s glory with the full range of both inward and outward expression.
    • There is no other reason why we should express ourselves to God in verse rather than in prose and with music except that is moves our affections.  Jonathan Edwards.
    • The Holy Spirit fills our limited expression with new meaning.
  • First things first:
    • Before we get to practice we must get to the heart.  Change of heart must come before change of practice.
    • Moved by God’s glory in private before public.
    • Singers before performers.
    • Worshipers before leaders.
    • Worship with family before congregation (disqualification without this).
  • Concluding Questions
    • Are satisfied merely knowing Jesus?
    • Have you seen God’s glory?
    • Is God’s glory the primary motivation of your life?
    • Does God’s glory move you?
    • Does your private life match your public ministry?
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