NLIC Weekender 7-18-2013 – Power of Worship

New Life in Christ Weekender
A short reminder of events happening this weekend.

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Dear New Life in Christ Family,

Note: We are excited about our picnic this Sunday.  Please see events below for more information about the picnic.

Have you recently thought about how your habits affect how you think?  Why do we form habits?  Habits are formed because we think they “work”, even the bad ones that we regret later.  Habits can change as we replace bad habits that are not helpful with habits that are more helpful.

One habit we must continue to develop that is the habit of worshipping God.  In fact, worship is so ingrained in us that we will worship.  Each human being already has a worship habit.  We were created for worship.  As a result, everybody worships something.  Even if a person will not worship God they will worship something.  The key habit to form is the habit that worships the true God.

The Bible says,

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:1-2

Notice how the first thing we are supposed to do is worship.  The other commands, not being conformed to the pattern of the world and being transformed by the renewing of our mind, are secondary to the command to worship.

In his book Desiring the Kingdom, author James KA Smith shows that our desires are formed by our habit-forming practices.  I thought this was profound insight.  What we repeatedly do will shape our desires.

That is why the Bible tells us to worship before it tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind.  Why is worship first?  We worship God because is concerned with our hearts.  He wants to give us loving hearts.  We worship so that we can think rightly.  We worship so we can know the freedom of Christ rather than be conformed to the slavery of the world.  Discipleship to Jesus Christ starts with worship.

On the other hand, right thinking does not always lead to right worship.  In fact, you can probably think about people who have a good understanding of the Christian faith who do not worship well, and they do not love others well either.  Their highest desires are reflected in their habits and their habits reinforce their desires.

This is a critical consideration for family life.  If we want families who love Jesus and have a Christian way of thinking, we must be families of worship.  We need to cultivate the habit of worship to confront the worldly, false and temporary promises of our world in sex, money, success, pleasure, sports, consumerism, nationalism, and power.  The world is trying to form our children according to a different mold.  In the false promises offered in each of these areas, our world tells our children to worship something other than the Lord.  It happens at school, on television, at the sporting event, and at the mall.  We need powerful habits to confront the habits of our daily living in this world.  We need robust worship to be part of our family life.

Make worship your top priority.  When our worship of God grows cold and we stop moving toward God, other habits will form and our desires will change.  Our desires will be forced to change.  It’s a law of the heart.  Our loves change our habits.  Our habits affect what we love.  When we regularly worship God and gaze upon his splendor, our hearts will change as the promises of God overshadow the darkness of the world.  It’s a law of the heart.

Faithfully Yours,

Pastor Sean

 

[Events List]

Friday

Creation Club @ 7:30 PM –  Noah’s Flood and the Earth’s Age – Critical apologetics for reaching today’s global culture.  The presenter, Dr. Andrew Snelling, is the Director of Research for Answers in Genesis, a prominent Christian apologetics ministry. He received his PhD (geology) from the University of Sydney (Australia).  He will lead a presentation (via DVD) titled “Noah’s Flood and the Earth’s Age – Critical Apologetics for Reaching Today’s Global Culture”. Discover the significance of apologetics for creation and the flood.

Saturday

Women’s Breakfast – 9:00 AM – Join the women of New Life in Christ Church for good fellowship, food, and time hearing about the great things God is doing. Bring something to share and enjoy some fellowship.

Young Married Bible Study Cookout and Swim at Kittredge Home (12 PM)

 

Sunday

  • Children’s and Adult Sunday School Classes – 9 AM (Click here for list of Adult Classes)
  • Worship Service – 10 AM –Pastor Doug is preaching and continuing the morning sermon series, “The Joy of a Clear Conscience: A Study on the Ten Commandments”
  • All-Church Picnic (immediately following the service) – Let’s enjoy lunch together immediately following the service.  Bring your own meat to grill and bring a dish to share with everyone.  Please let Ricardo Perez know if you can bring a grill for the cookout.
  • Register for Blood Drive – There will be a registration table set up this Sunday. Date of Blood Drive is August 8th, 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the Fireside room
  • Girl’s (6th – 14 years) Summer Study immediately following Worship
  • Officer Training @ 1:30 PM – The Shepherd Leader
  • VBS Classroom Setup (following service and picnic)
  • No Evening Service – Come and picnic instead!

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