“Definition of worship by Merriam-Webster
Entry 1 of 2)
: to honor or show reverence for as a divine being or supernatural power
: to perform or take part in worship or an act of worship
Definition of worship (Entry 2 of 2)
: reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power
also : an act of expressing such reverence
: a form of religious practice with its creed and ritual”
Is not limited to just singing.
Worship includes reading Scriptures out loud,
praying, fellowship, teaching & preaching the Word of God.
When government limits Church Worship, they are actually limiting all of forms of Worship.
“But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.” So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened. For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old.”
Acts 4:17-22 ESV
“And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.””
Acts 5:27-28 ESV
“But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.””
Acts 5:29-32 ESV
I wrote this on 7/18/2020,
May not be complete but still relevant.
To be Honest:
Sometimes I struggle with this.
I want to lean in on my emotions, which I know that if I do, it will be like a wave up & down. This is not how God & Jesus wants me to be.
Also, I struggle with, do I have too much knowledge of God & Jesus. Does this mean, I’m leaning in on the knowledge of The Bible for my Faith?
This I Know, Believe & Trust(Rest In/on, in My Heart) that Jesus died for me, while I was & still a sinner.
Jesus took the wrath & punishment of God, that I deserve for my sins; to the Cross. By doing this, Jesus substituted his life(Sacrificed),for my life. Jesus atoning work on the Cross, reconciled me to God, but the shedding of the Blood of Jesus.
When Jesus was buried in the grave, God buried my sins there too(So when I came to Faith in Jesus, those sins were buried & forgiven.)
Now that Jesus is Resurrected(which means Jesus walked out of the grave, Alive) in Heaven & seated at the Right Hand of God, I am also seated, the Holy Spirit Living in me.
I do see the changes that God, is doing in my life, my heart & my mind.
“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”
Deuteronomy 5:16 ESV
The Sermon on the Mount
Here is the Beatitudes….
My notes on what I’ve learned so far.
I pray that God will continue to give me the Hunger & Thirst for His truth, not the worlds.
Note: the sermon on the mount of a for followers of Christ.
Is like the new Ten Commandments for believers, I’m not in anyways saying the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament is obsolete but Jesus expounds on it for Followers of Christ.
The Sermon on the Mount
“Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.”
Matthew 5:1 ESV
~Jesus going up the mountain is Reminiscent of Moses going up Mount Sinai to get the tablet of the 10 Commandments. Rabbis normally sat as they reached.
Matthew 5:2-12 ESV
2.”And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
~Blessed: is a spiritual well-being verses an emotional feeling of happiness
3.”Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
~believer realizing they are poor(not materialistic) because of their sins(spiritually bankrupted)and hunger & thirst for righteousness which is in Salvation in Jesus.
4.”Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
~believer mourns over theirs sins(godly sorrow) which produces repentance that leads to salvation. Repentance & confession of sins will be a way of life for a believer.
5.”Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
~an attitude of humility & submission to God, just as Jesus did.
~Inherit the promise of Abraham, “But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.”
Hebrews 11:16 ESV
6.”Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
~the believer seeks for God Righteousness not their own, and seeking a relationship with God.
7.”Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
~the sinner who has recognized the awesomeness of God’s Mercy, therefore will treat others with mercy as God has do to them
8.”Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
~a believer sees God through faith in Jesus. Jesus said, believer who see him will see their Father, they will also see the glory of heaven.
9.”Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
~Jesus is our Peace maker by reconciling us to God through his death on the cross. Therefore we become reconcilers by sharing the gospel to others.
10.”Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11.”Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
12.Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
~ ““If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.”
John 15:18-21 ESV