Mentoring the New Believer - Lesson 8

Prayer and Worship

In this lesson, you will gain an understanding of the significance of prayer and worship in the life of a new believer, and the role you can play as a mentor to guide and nurture them in these spiritual disciplines. The lesson covers the importance of developing a prayer habit, different types of prayer, and the role of worship in personal and corporate settings. You'll also learn how to encourage daily devotional time, provide guidance and resources, and model a lifestyle of prayer and worship for new believers.

Bill Mounce
Mentoring the New Believer
Lesson 8
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Prayer and Worship

I. Introduction to Prayer and Worship

A. Definitions and Importance

B. Biblical Examples

II. Prayer in a New Believer's Life

A. Developing a Prayer Habit

B. Different Types of Prayer

1. Adoration

2. Confession

3. Thanksgiving

4. Supplication

III. The Role of Worship in a New Believer's Life

A. Personal and Corporate Worship

B. Expressing Worship through Music and Arts

IV. Mentoring New Believers in Prayer and Worship

A. Encouraging Daily Devotional Time

B. Providing Guidance and Resources

C. Modeling a Lifestyle of Prayer and Worship

  • In this lesson, you'll discover the origin of the New Believers Class, created out of frustration with the lack of resources for new Christians, and learn how the class is structured around the "life as a journey" metaphor, emphasizing the importance of following Jesus on this journey.
  • By studying this lesson, you gain insights into the process of Christian conversion, its influencing factors, and the importance of mentorship for new believers' spiritual growth.
  • By studying this lesson, you grasp the concept of salvation in Christian mentoring, explore its elements (justification, sanctification, and glorification), and learn practical applications for guiding new believers.
  • This lesson teaches you about the key elements of salvation and the Holy Spirit's role, equipping you to effectively mentor new believers in their faith journey.
  • Through this lesson, you will understand the importance of baptism, its various forms, and its relationship to salvation and faith in the Christian life.
  • In this lesson, you'll learn the significance of confession in spiritual growth, how to practice personal and corporate confession, and its impact on the mentor-mentee relationship.
  • In this lesson, you gain insight into the vital role of listening to God, the Holy Spirit's guidance, and various ways to listen, while overcoming common obstacles and implementing practical steps to improve your listening skills.
  • Through this lesson, you learn the importance of prayer and worship in a new believer's life and discover how to mentor them effectively in these spiritual disciplines.
  • Through this lesson, you gain insight into the incarnation and deity of Jesus, supported by biblical evidence, and learn to embrace His dual nature as Savior and Lord in your personal faith journey.
  • Through this lesson, you learn about the Holy Spirit's role, work, gifts, and how to cultivate a Spirit-filled life for spiritual growth and maturity.
As a new believer begins their walk with God, a mentor can help them understand what a relationship with God is like and what they can expect along the path. By listening to the comments of the new believer as they interact with the New Believer's curriculum, a mentor can help correct some misconceptions and guide the new believer to get started in the right direction. The New Believer's class is entitled, Life is a Journey. You can find this class in the Foundations section. Click on Class Resources heading on the class page to see the links for the resources. This class will help prepare you for the types of questions the new believer may ask, and give you answers and resources to continue the dialogue with them. This is the first time Bill has taught this class, and he plans to update it. We are missing the last several lectures.

Dr. Bill Mounce
Mentoring the New Believer
Prayer and Worship
Lesson Transcript

[00:00:01] The following lecture is provided by biblical training. The speaker is Dr. Bill Mounts. More information is available at WW w dot Biblical training dot org. Had asked the question yesterday about fasting relative to prayer. I have mixed feelings on fasting, and when I was preaching the series on the Sermon on the Mount, what was really hard was I had to preach a fasting passage, but I've never fasted. It's not like I could preach either with any authority. And so I preached on it. I covered the basic information, and then I had my teenage son come up who does fasts, and I let him finish the sermon. And basic rule is don't let your teenage son behind the pulpit because they'll they'll steal the show. Well, just steal the show. I told a story about a rather uncomfortable position I'd been in where I came to a meeting and I came a little late, so I didn't hear the beginning of it, but the teacher was sharing the things he had learned during his last 40 day fast. And after about 10 minutes, I leaned over to the guy next to me and I said, Are you comfortable with this? And he goes, Yeah, I'm very, very uncomfortable with this, because the whole point of fasting in the Lord's Prayer is that nobody knows you're doing it. I told the story in the first part of the service, and then I got down and Tyler got up to talk about his experiences and Tyler's starts. I mean, he's probably 16 at the time. He was in my last 40 days fast, and the church erupted and I lost the service for the rest of the day. I had that couldn't get anyone to focus at all.

[00:01:58] But I wasn't comfortable even preaching it it because I've never done it. I don't think that the statement that when Jesus says, you know, when the bridegroom is gone, then your fast is an imperative. I think it's just saying, you know, fasting is not appropriate when Jesus was here, but it's your choice afterwards. There are other people. John Piper did a really good little book on fasting. I enjoyed reading it just to kind of understand it. His point is that, first of all, there's no question that Jesus fast the early church fast. So I'm in a minority position and I would never argue that it's wrong to fast. It's certainly wrong to fast under certain situations. But there's evidently something about fasting that helps you focus on the Lord and that in some ways it might be one, I would say several ways to focus on your prayer. The famous passage where the disciples couldn't cast out the demons and Jesus says in the King James, this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting. If you look at the modern translations, it just says prayer. And we have evidence in the Greek manuscripts and fasting was added about 300 A.D.. That would be a pretty strong verse if and fasting were actually in the Greek. So that's why I couldn't just answer the question quickly. We're fasting is wrong is when you think that matter is wrong. That's platonism. That's not Christianity. It's not Judaism. God made the world good. He didn't make it good and bad. And so when people fast because they think that food is evil, that's bad theology. I remember I knew a person once who used to fast food to do body cleanses. She was just a tad overweight.

[00:04:00] And so she would do this periodically. That is not at all what fasting is biblically. There are people who understand who who have a practice of fasting for the right reasons, and it's a way of saying no to good things so that you can focus on better things. Wayne's got a good section in his book on it, I'm assuming for any he to do this fast. So evidently it's fat is something that does help you focus on your poor life. I mean, the only fasting I think we can entertain and say it's biblical is when it's done for the right reasons, for spiritual reasons. Anyway. So that's why I don't have, you know, you know, any other reasons that people fast relative to prayer to hear the will of God in particular particular situation, to be more attentive to the Spirit. Okay. Yeah, that's kind of what I was thinking. All right. You know, the one thing that I did forget to say yesterday that I really wanted to say on prayer is I think the new believer will need to be exposed to the fact that if they stumble and refuse to confess, then it puts a relational barrier up between them and God, as we talked about yesterday. But one of the ways in which that relational barrier is going to manifest itself is in their prayer life. Right. When there's a problem in a relationship and the relational barriers go up. Communication is one of the first things who suffers. I think probably what's helpful is that new believers understand that if they when they stumble, if they don't confess that the relational barriers are going to go up and they are they're going to start having communication problems with God. They may not, for example, feel his presence quite as much.

[00:05:54] Remember how when you first became a Christian, how do you feel the presence of God in a palpable way? I mean, you just knew it was there. Yeah. And unfortunately, as far as spiritual formation that goes away, or at least it comes and goes. The most famous example is Mother Teresa. Did you know the story in her autobiography that she spent six months just about in the throne room of God? Her feeling of the presence of God was overwhelming. And then for the next 20 years, she felt absolutely nothing. I've not read it, but I guess her autobiography is so strong in Crying Out to God, Where are you? Are you are you there that some people even question whether she was saved? Again, that's just what I've been told. I do know that when you first become a Christian, that the presence of God is very real. But if you sin and you don't confess, then even when you're a new believer, that presence can go away. And that could be scary to a young Christian candidate. But it's certainly if they allow sin in their life, it's not going to be they're not gonna be taking the next step forward. And perhaps the most famous example of this is on the Lord's Prayer Right to do versus after the Lord's Prayer. The Lord's Prayer. He says, you know, Father, forgive us our debts. We have given those who've sinned against us. It's kind of like Jesus finishes the sermon and then says, in case you didn't catch it. And I know it's really hard. Let me make sure that you heard what I just said, that if you forgive the sins of those who have sinned against you, then your father will forgive you.

[00:07:43] But if you do not forgive the sins against you, then your father will not forgive your sins. And this is not a forgiveness. That means your unsaved. It's the unforgiveness that results in relational conflict and relational distance. New believers need to understand that one of the most fascinating things that ever happened when I was pastor was I was preaching on this passage. And one of the points I made in the sermon is that I think you forgive people whether they ask for forgiveness or not. Jesus didn't wait for them to ask him. The Sermon on the Mount doesn't allow it. It just says, you know, if if you don't forgive, you're not going to be forgiven. And so I think that when we're were harmed, when we're sinned against, we have to forgive. That doesn't mean that trust is restored. It doesn't mean the relationship is stored. And perhaps most importantly, it doesn't mean that the sinner, the person who is sinned against you, has been freed from the consequences of sin. Freedom doesn't come when you're forgiven. Freedom comes when you confess. Right. I think it's just a critical, critical part of spiritual growth is to understand that if you sinned against me, my job is to forgive you and turn you over to God and he will work with you. And if he needs to punish you, he will punish you. But that's not my job. My job is to forgive. But you will never be free of the effects of your sins. You confess. Well, I preach that. And a first time visitor came up to me after church and wanted to know if we believed in church discipline. That's an interesting question. Well, like I shared last night, I assumed he was from the other church in town that enjoyed church discipline a little too much.

[00:09:41] And so he wanted to know what we were going to be doing. So tell him what the position paper on it and whatnot. And he launched into a diatribe against me that you only forgive people when they're sorry, because I made the joke in this sermon that you only forgive people when they come crawling to you. Right. He and he believe that. And I said, Well, I just think you're wrong. And I'm calling the elders of this church to do church discipline against you because what you said was wrong and went, Oh, you think so, huh? First time visitor. And you think you're going to call in church discipline because you disagree with my theology? That that's interesting. And it turns out the guy was a member of some cult back in Illinois. And this it was a fundamentalist, a rigid kind of cult. And this was part of how they did it. So it was the first guy ever kicked out of a church. I said, The door's that way and I'll walk behind you. Make sure you get out. You can't look at me. I said, I mean, get out of this building. Said, You have no place here until you come in repentance. It was an interesting situation, but that kind of thinking only builds walls between the new believer and Christ, and they'll never grow in their faith. So I think that that's an important lesson that new believers don't. They're called to forgive what the other people have said. They're sorry you're not. It's one of the hardest things to do because it means you have to trust God, right? You have to trust God that he is all loving and that he's all powerful, that he's good all the time, and that he actually will execute vengeance if he has to.

[00:11:25] Right. I mean, that's hard for me to understand, much less than to believe him. When I said that about the presence of God, it reminded me of something else that I forgot to tell you guys. If I could have everyone listen to one class on biblical training. This is a. This is a class that has changed more people's lives than anything else on the site. If you go to discipleship and go down to track three Growing deeper, there is this spiritual formation. Dr. John Coe. John is a Professor Talbot in Southern California. He is the head of the Spiritual Formation Institute at Talbot. And this is a series of talks she gave at a church down there. And it is absolutely life changing. It is not a talk for new believers. It'll scare the pygmies out of a new believer. It's meant for people like you and me that have been Christians for a while and perhaps are stuck. Nothing's moving forward. What he lays out is kind of the process under which God grows us up and we first become Christians. We can feel His presence is very real and everything is new and everything is wonderful. And he likens it to a baby, this born and he knows is breastfeeding and is close to its mom. But at some point in time, babies have to learn to drink out of glasses, don't they? And they're withdrawn somewhat from the physical presence of their mother, unless there's some really significant dysfunction going on. Same thing happens to us. That part of the process of growing up in Christ, John argues, is that God actually withdraws his presence from us and it happens to all of us. It's part of the normal way in which he works is to help us grow up just like a baby has to grow up to be a young boy or a young girl.

[00:13:28] So also we have to grow up where the process is. God removing the sense of his imminence, the imminence with the knife, imminence, his closeness that you could actually reach out and kind of touch him. It is an amazing and amazing 10 hours. I'd really encourage it in. Good to have you and your elders, your deacons, go through anything That's that's what you go through. The other major point he makes is he says moralism is the great sin of the church. The greatest son of the church is doing something good. I talked to Robin yesterday. She had an interesting discussion with, Hey, my 18 year old. I said, okay. And he said he was an absolute delight. He's great. Even as an 18 year old, he's conversing, stalking, he's entering in and said. I had to ask him if he's done something wrong because Hayden, like all of us, when he does something wrong, tends to want to fix it by doing something right. That's moralism, right? You know, you offend your spouse and you and you buy him something. What John is going to encourage you to do is sit among the weeds, is his expression sit among the weeds. It's an expression from Teresa of Avila or Avila, something like that. The point is that when you and I sin, it's just the tip of the iceberg. The real issue is much is much lower in the surface. I'm mixing my metaphors, but sit among the weeds. The weeds are all the sins in your life. And when you commit a sin or when you find yourself sinning, you need not to do something good, but to sit down amongst the weeds and to realize that your sin is much worse than you can understand it to be.

[00:15:19] It's much worse than what you just did. It is only then in there that you will fully understand God's love. Because God doesn't love you, because you look pretty good. God loves you despite the fact that you're rotten to the core. You and I are. While we are new creatures, our depravity still extends to all parts of our being. Right When we said we need to stop and we need to look and realize what we just did was just the tip of the iceberg, There's actually a lot more and God knows it. And he died for us and he loves us. Fellow different concept, isn't it? It's very, very powerfully delivered. I would encourage you to do it. So that's a that's a situation in which God withdraws his presence. It's a good thing. But for a new believer who doesn't confess sin and there's relational barriers, that's not a good thing. And they need to get back to confession. How long are we supposed to do that? And you do that before or after the confession? I mean, you confess it right away. But see, if I did something to offend Robyn, it's not to say I did something to hurt Robin. It's that I'm the kind of person that would hurt his wife. If I've hurt her to one area, there's probably a deep problem that gave rise to that if I snapped at her, for example. I'm going to put it in a subjunctive if I would snap it or if I snap at it, you just Oh, I'm sorry. I snap because that's not what Robin cares about. Well, Robin cares about us. Why did you do that? What's going on in your heart? That you would respond to me in that way? So you confess your sin, but you realize that there's more going on than just that one.

[00:17:10] Action. It almost sounds like what some people say when we tell a lie. You lie. If you tell a liar, if you tell a lie repeatedly, you're a liar. So if you say, well, that's your wife. And then he asked for forgiveness. But I may be a snapper, but I'm not going to say you're going to be a blacksmith. Yeah. So I have to edit the audio and I think there is certainly a difference between isolated events and character. Right from the get go, I could see it and I could see you didn't. You're not quite stopping at a signal and a policeman pulls you over and you protest your innocence and in the process your kids in the backseat know that you're not completely telling the truth. And so, you know, and you're going to have to have a discussion with them. Yeah. And hey, look, I'm not a lawyer. I don't know why I did that. Well, at one level, you are a liar. I mean, that that's why I'm kind of trying to backtrack a little. At one level, you are a lawyer trying to get it right? Yeah, we. I was driving. Okay. I have to say, I think stories about what kids here in our cars are especially powerful, aren't they? I was driving to Guantanamo one day, and the roads in New England where we lived are incredibly curvy. Their old carriage trails, horse trails they paved over. And so there's a whole set of rules in New England that don't apply anywhere else. Left turners have the right away. If you ever driving north of Boston, just be where left turners have the right of way. Because if you don't give left turns and right away traffic gets way back up.

[00:19:03] Anyway, we pulled up to one of these intersections and it was really hard for people to get through. And I was probably late and Hayden was like five years old and he rolls down the window, hangs halfway out the door and screams at the top of his carrier, five year old yo, and something like, We'll move it up there. Then he said, Now look at me with a big grin on his face like, Aren't you proud of me, Daddy? Well, what does that tell you about me? Yeah, I yell at people too much, so. Yeah. So I'm just. I wanted to clarify that new believers need to understand. They have to learn to forgive as hard as it is and got to be patient with them work. But if they don't do it, that relational wall is going to come up. That's something different, that it's going to happen later on in their life. We want them to sit amongst the weak. Yeah, because it is only when when I became a Christian, I was a really good kid. I hadn't raped or pillaged yet. Yeah, yeah, yeah. But what's one that you going to pick that up? I mean, I think you're a kid, and this is the problem of multi-generational Christians, isn't it? You can almost always tell a first generation Christian because they've seen this dramatic change in their life. You have to go back four generations of my family to find a non-Christian, my great grandpa, somebody killed him in the woods and nobody cared and they left to me such a rotten person. I mean, so you had to go quite a ways back. I don't have that kind of release that I'd like a first generation Christian has. And yet.

[00:20:38] So it's really important for people like me to sit among the weeds. What I do is that when I do something wrong, I have to stop and I have to say, why did I do that? What is in me that led me to yell at that idiot driver or that driver? What is it in me that. Why was I envious or, you know, whatever be the case. So for multi-generational Christians, especially those of us that don't feel this dramatic change and won't become followers of Christ, we have to really sit among the weeds. Because otherwise, if you don't focus on that, you don't ever see it. And down deep, you know, Martin Lloyd-Jones know the name. His two volume book, his sermons on the Sermon on the Mount is one of the very best things ever written. And I don't like reading other people's sermons as a general rule. There's something about working through his sermon and having the Holy Spirit work with it and all that kind of stuff that makes you know, it makes for powerful preaching. You generally can't pick up someone else's sermon and preach it effectively. So I don't tend to read other people's sermons. But Martin Lloyd-Jones, his sermons are the best thing I've ever. The best thing I ever read in the Sermon on the Mount. I found that I preach at the same pace that he preached. So it took him to enough years to get to the sermon as well. The one thing that I could not preach because I didn't know if I really I knew it was true, but I was fighting God on it is where he says, You sound up people that get in your face and accuse you as the pastor of, you know, doing bad things and and being a bad person.

[00:22:18] You know, the stuff that happens, right? The stuff that happened to hitchhike. Okay. And make sure I'm not the only one. And Lloyd Jones writes that the proper response is, Oh, if you only knew me, If you only knew my heart, you would realize that I'm a lot worse than you think I am. Which is? And it was version said once. Did he pick it up? I don't remember him citing anyone, but I could see someone annoying like SPURGEON saying that because we are a lot worse than anyone knows. We're a lot worse than our spouse knows, right? Brad and I have a fantastic, fantastic marriage going through the death of two children and the ripping apart of the church and all that happens. Those are the things that either you get divorced or your marriage is is next to the Trinity, right? I mean, is this how it feels? And we went the latter way and we just got closer and closer and closer. So we have a great relationship. But, you know, there are things that go through my mind that I go, my goodness, where did that come from and why? That would not be helpful if Robin knew that passed through my mind. She knows this stuff is going on and stuff surprisingly through her as well. So we have to sit among the weeds. It's absolutely crucial, especially as pastors, you have to realize that there's junk going on down underneath the tension which is there relating to the newcomers. Yeah. Is the maturity. Yeah. Then we can emphasize this in their life, in their walk with God. And that's why I was wanting I mean, I'm completely off track here when it comes to new believers. It's a I would not talk about any of the junk stuff, but I think you can say God has forgiven you more than you're ever going to have to forgive, become tenderhearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ has forgiven you that no matter what is done against you.

[00:24:24] It'll never equal what you did against Scott. And if he can forgive, then you need to start learning to forgive. I think that's all you need to go with a new believer other to say if you don't, it's going to hurt your friendship with God. It's going to hurt it from your side. And the barriers are going to go up. That's a fair way to say it. I mean, this is a breathtaking 10 hours. It really is. And it will annoy the bad guys out of you, whatever the guys are. We've given it to many, many, many people. Okay. We're going to move on. Lesson six is on learning more about God. And the purpose of Lesson six is to completely and totally overwhelm. The new believer is to create a picture of God that is so big that they can't even begin to fathom it. That's the purpose. Do you know the book by Jamie Phillips called Your God is Too Small? Yes. Okay, good. Oh, first half of that book is worth its weight in gold and far beyond. This is the J.P. Phillips who wrote that paraphrase of the Bible. That's so good. J.B. Phillips. But the book, Your God Is Too Small is when I think of the top ten books in my life, this is one of them, because I've been in a situation, in a wrestling situation where over the years all the pressure had been on me to perform as a Christian. And this is part of the charm, and certainly not a Wesleyan will do this, but it's part of the challenge of Western culture. There's so much pressure on you to perform. I left it, and I think I told you we we moved to Spokane.

[00:26:05] I had been writing commercial software. We were just going to take a break from teaching, write software, and just take a breath and see what was going to happen. Found out that the company that had promised to sell the software had no intention of paying me. So we're sitting up there with nothing. I mean, if you want to feel helpless, have a PhD in New Testament and no teaching job, you're not good for anything. Can't preach, can't do anything. The struggle that I went through was over the years without being aware of it. I had started shouldering more and more of the responsibility of taking care of myself. You know, I had to be my own rock. I had to be my own foundation using songs, language. It was really, really hard. I remember this book because my it was my mom's favorite books and I read it and it was just a wonderful breath of fresh air. The whole point of the book is God is so immeasurably larger and more powerful and more loving and more holy and more pure than anything we can imagine. And you've got to keep your vision on God. You've got to keep God big, because life's difficult. But if you have a vision of a God who is all powerful, who is all knowing, is all lies. That's what gets us through, right? My wife got to she did her baptism this morning and baptized this girl that she'd been walking with, and she said it was just an amazing experience. But in in the girl's testimony, she made reference to a sermon that I preach to this church two years ago. In fact, it's happened quite a few times. It's pretty interesting. If you go to Discipleship Growing in Christ, there's a sermon series called The 52 Stories of the Bible.

[00:28:00] You're more than welcome to steal this, by the way. I put up all my lecture notes, PowerPoints and everything, but I was concerned about biblical literacy. I wanted people to understand the grand scope of the Bible, the grand structure of the Bible, its major theological themes. And so I picked the 52 most important stories and retold them. The first one is the story of creation and God. And that's the sermon that I preached in a year and a half later. She was still talking about it. And all that I did was I told the story of Genesis one. It wasn't me. I painted the biblical picture of a God who was always and all knowing and all powerful and all present. And it overwhelmed the people of the church. Where this actually came about was one of my best friends. I was a photography major in college at first, and my photography instructor became a very good friend of mine and isn't a believer, but called me up one day and he said, My son, I think his name's Eric, is 12. He needs he needs to know what's in the Bible because David was raised in a believing family. So he was raised knowing the Bible and he said, Eric needs a Bible, but you have one without all that Leviticus junk in it. And that's where I developed the expression lost in Leviticus. David didn't want his son to get lost in Leviticus. This is actually a project that I'm talking to International Bible Society about doing is getting the text of the 52 stories and making them into a Reader's Digest Bible for non-Christians or for new believers. This is what this Lesson six is all about, is what that sermon is about, and that is simply painting a picture of the immensity of God in the second half of the sermon.

[00:29:51] Then it's how do we respond? And this is where in the sermon in the New Believers curriculum, we talk about worship. And again, I was making fun of this, I think it was yesterday. But you know how much a nonbeliever who has not been raised in the church or even a new believer has very little church experience. How much they feel when they walk in our churches and go, What are you doing that for? Why? We open up a book? If you're a bit old fashioned and this is an old fashioned thing that I like, and you open up to number 628. At first you can tell it's music. If in this day and age you can read music, which most people can't because it's a of the PowerPoints. But that's another talk. But also in the back, we get something where there's no notes any longer. Right? And one verse should be bold and the other verse would be. Regular fun. Right. And also, if anyone opens it, we're reading it and you realize that you're supposed to read it, then all of a sudden you keep reading and everyone else is stopped and the preacher keeps reading. Well, that's embarrassing. You know, for those of us raised in church, response to reading is natural. It's also one of the most important things we can do and things that we've lost, I think. But how must a new believer feel when they have no idea what worship is? The definition of worship that I use is that worship is the process of of revelation and response. It's a very common definition. Usually books on worship go to Isaiah six that God reveals something about himself. He's holy. Isaiah responds in a way that's appropriate.

[00:31:33] Was me from Unclean Man with unclean Lips. I live among an unclean generation. God reveals himself as a forgiving God, and Isaiah accepts the touch of the coals on his lips that cleanses them of a sin. God reveals himself as a God who wants to work through his creation. And in Isaiah responds, Send me, send me one of the 52 sermons on Isaiah six. We know at least we're supposed to know that worship is the process of revealing God and us responding. That's why the response of reading is so good, because the bold print is the revelation of God. The regular fine print is the people's response to the revelation of God. That's what worship is. I don't know how you do it in your churches. Much to the older people, some of the older people's consternation. I pushed the sermon much earlier in the sermon in the hour than normal. We would sing about three songs and do some stuff to get ready, and then I would preach. And the reason we pushed it early is that if worship truly is revelation a response, the sermon is revelation. But how do you respond? And in my churches, we don't whoop. I mean, there's there's nothing built in my tradition for people to say amen. Here's a Swedish that too scared to death to move, to respond. And if you raise a hand, you're weird. I mean, I've had this discussion with people in my tradition and they're offended when someone's doing this. And what I normally say is things like, don't you understand? But that person is physically responding to the revelation of God. It is an act of worship. And what they cannot understand is how you can possibly listen to something like that and just not move.

[00:33:24] Some of this is a cultural thing, but that's what revelation is. And so that's what I'm doing in this lesson, is trying to help the new believer understand that's what worship is. That's why we invest. We have a really expensive sound system in our church because my words were declares revelation of God in the service because it was expository preaching. And I wanted to make sure everyone heard every word I said. But then we had comfortable chairs so that people wouldn't get sore listening and detach from the service. That's why the worship leader worked so hard to get his singers to enunciate the lost art of enunciation. Because if you're up there singing and no one can understand your words, is anybody worshiping? Yeah, No words, no worship. In this day and age of poor diction. I think you just got it. You had God with the words up on the screen. Anyway, I'm going a bit off the topic, but that's what goes on here without David. And I said it just kind of dance on the floor and I'm going to shout. When we moved to Washougal, we wanted to pick a church that was considerably different. And Four Square is really outside of our comfort zone because of all the dancing and all the shouting and all of the praying at the same time. The pastor loves it when everyone starting off in 500 feet, people free loudly, while in 99 the one Swedish Baptist guy has learned to open up his mouth. Yet it's terrifying to someone coming out of my tradition, but it's healthy as all get out, we said we pray. You go up. Yeah, Come on. We're blessings go up. Bless When prices go up, our blessings come down.

[00:35:23] I like tell my pastor that he'll like that. He'll really like that. Let me show you. Oh, here it is. Hey, you guys under discipleship growing in Christ, There is a wonderful three hour class on worship. 3 hours, 3 hours. I would make sure every single person who's ever up front leading worship in your church goes to the. The speakers. Gary Parrot is one of my best friends. He was a professor at Guantanamo when I was there. Very interesting fellow. He married a Korean girl named Holly, and he served for 20 years as a pastor in a Korean church. He's written a lot of songs that are appropriate for a Korean context. He understands things about worship that I have never seen before. The depth of his understanding, because he has the academic side and he has the practical side, and not many people have both. You all really, really enjoy this. Perhaps more importantly, your worship team members might for a new, deeper level, really understand what they're doing up there. Worship is revelation and response. Things would come up like, Do you worship team members? Watch to see if the people are singing. This is just real simple question like that. And I actually take notes. I would sit in the front row on the side where I could watch the people, and if we sang a song and people didn't sing it, I'd sit down with the worship pastor afterwards and say, okay, now, is it a bad song? It was a hard song, was a new song, and he knew that if he couldn't get the people singing it within a couple of weeks, we had to dump the song. Because if they're not singing, they're not worshiping, right? They're not singing.

[00:37:05] It's a performance. And all that stuff is wrapped up in this. So really encourage you to do that. So we are under discipleship growing in Christ and it's down there under the category. What Jesus means to me, it's called worship. It's really important to, I think, to bring the new believer in and to help them understand. He has several sermons. Well, he has. Yeah. This is a three hour class. If you go under leadership of here's a 24 hour class on worship. So that is his seminary class at Gordon Cornwall on worship. And if you're desperate, you won't hurt my feelings if you don't. But if you go to my personal site and click on sermons. Some of my other sermons are downloaded here. They're all my sermons on worship. I wanted to take Jerry stuff and preach it, and it took me seven sermons and I got about it. I got only about halfway through what Gary said, but just the resources I get to preach at our church, July the last Sunday in July, and were preaching some almost seven, which is outside of Isaiah six, is one of the best things for showing people that worship is because it's a repetition of four things that God has done and how the psalmist responds in praise. Anyway, just different resources. And let me say this one thing and we're going to stop. One of the major things that happens in the New Testament, I don't mean I don't make this point here, but everything is localized in terms of worship in the Old Testament, isn't it? It has to happen in Jerusalem. So when the Northern Kingdom sets up two new centers of worship, it was about as bad as bad could be.

[00:38:55] The temple is where God's presence was in a very special way, and everything is localized in the Old Testament. What happens in the New Testament is that everything is universalized. For example, you can see Peter and Paul using language that only was used at the temple and using it for everyday life. You have the famous passage in John four that is, you know, it's not here over there. It's it's in spirit. And in truth, that's why you had to be really careful about calling your church or worship center and worship center. Yeah, it is a corporate worship center, okay? Worship is something that happens every day, all day for a follower of Jesus Christ. That is not an altar up front. The altars, the cross. There is no theological altar in New Testament times, and I think a lot of our language is Old Testament language when it comes to worship, and it misses the point of the New Testament. Then our worship is done. 24 hours, 24, seven. Wherever you are, as you hear about God, as you experience God, as you respond to God. That's what worship is. And it's not localized at all. I just think that's a thing that we need to inform our language anyway. All right. Take a break. And if you have any questions on this bus we can talk about, we come back some more. Thank you for listening to this lecture. Brought to you by biblical training, dawg. Feel free to make copies of this lecture to give to others, but please do not charge for these copies or alter the content in any way without permission. We invite you to visit our web at W WW dot Biblical training dawg. There you will find the finest in evangelical teaching for use in the home and the church.

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