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Sermon #2 - Rediscovering Our True Identity- Stewardship Emphasis Week 2017
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Sermon #2 - Rediscovering Our True Identity
True humanity …. is to Worship God.
Introduction
The first core element of our identity is: Humans are God’s creatures. One way of accepting
and living this core identity is to worship God. Psalm 47:1-2 invites us, Clap your hands, all you
nations; shout to God with cries of joy. For the LORD Most High is awesome, the great King over
all the earth. Revelation 4:11 is an echo of the previous passage: “You are worthy, our Lord
and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they
were created and have their being.” These two passages are revealing an essential truth. If we
consider God to be awesome (Do you?) and God tp be the creator of all things (Is He?), we are
invited to worship Him, to join the chorus of those who are saying good things about God.
Which place should worship occupy in our life? What are the expressions of worship that are
pleasing to God?
(Prayer)
Part I: Creatures are Worshippers
After creating man on the sixth day, the first full day given to Adam was a day of worship, the
Sabbath. The book of Exodus speaks clearly about the importance of worship. Sixteen chapters
out of forty are dedicated to the establishment of the place of worship in the desert, the
tabernacle. The people spent a full year at Sinai building the tabernacle according to God’s
pattern and learning how to worship. God’s children who have experienced deliverance from
slavery are called to worship. When Peter describes God’s people using the term royal
priesthood,” it was a reminiscence of the Old Testament tabernacle. The purpose of this “royal
priesthood” is to declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful
light” (1 Peter 2:9b). We are saved to say good things about God, to worship.

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After an overview of the history of the Church through the ages, in chapters 2-3 of Revelation,
Apostle John had a glimpse of heaven in chapter 4. He saw God on His throne with all His
magnificence. He also saw the 24 elders and the four living creatures. Both groups are
portrayed as investing themselves in a common activity.
Let us read Revelation 4:8:
Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under
its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’
who
was, and is, and is to come.”
Let us read Revelation 4:10-11:
The twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives
for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord
and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they
were created and have their being.”
Both groups are worshipping, saying good things about God. Heaven is for worshippers. The
best training for heaven is to practice worshipping because this will be our major activity.
For now, let us come back to earth and discover anew the mission that God has given to his
Church. We all know about the three Angels’ Messages of Revelation 14:6-12. It is all about
worship.
We read in Revelation 14:7:
He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has
come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
The message of the first angel v.7 is an invitation to worship the Creator.
We read in Revelation 14:8:
A second angel followed and said, “‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great,’
[a]
which made all the
nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.”

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Sermon #2 - Rediscovering Our True Identity True humanity …. is to Worship God. Introduction The first core element of our identity is: “Humans are God’s creatures.” One way of accepting and living this core identity is to worship God. Psalm 47:1-2 invites us, “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. For the LORD Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.” Revelation 4:11 is an echo of the previous passage: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” These two passages are revealing an essential truth. If we consider God to be awesome (Do you?) and God tp be the creator of all things (Is He?), we are invited to worship Him, to join the chorus of those who are saying good things about God. Which place should worship occupy in our life? What are the expressions of worship that are pleasing to God? (Prayer) Part I: Creatures are Worshippers After creating man on the sixth day, the first full day given to Adam was a day of worship, the Sabbath. The book of Exodus speaks clearly about the importance of worship. Sixteen chapters out of forty are dedicated to the establishment of the place of worship in the desert, the tabernacle. The people spent a full year at Sinai building the tabernacle according to God’s pattern and learning how to worship. God’s children who have experienced deliverance from slavery ...
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