Dr. Bruce Leafblad
Notes by Richard S. Dickson
Friday, July 28, 2006 8:00 p.m. Sermon
Church Music Georgia 2006
- What is truth?
- not conformity to reality
- not truthfulness
- not right teaching
- John speaks of God's revelation of Himself (here and elsewhere)
- To worship truly, it must conform to God's revelation
- Jesus locates where worship must take place - "in"
Error is "out" there
- God is not to be worshiped any way we please
- What kind of worship is in truth?
- Born in/of the truth (origin/source)
- Built on the truth (foundation)
- Fueled by the truth (sustaining)
- fires our passion for God
- Governed by the truth
- the law
- expectation of conformance to God's character
- we are not to be over the Word, but under the Word
- Filled with the truth (content)
- Sanctified by the truth - John 17 (character and quality)
- Most things are not holy by nature, they have to be made holy -especially us
- We become more like God by a constant exposure to His presence
- What is the content of this truth? specifically?
- The truth about God
- 2 kinds of errors: errors of addition and of subtraction
- believing things that are not true about God
- not believing things that God says are true about Himself
- "God is only worshiped as He is, not as He is not."
- Happened in the garden - the first lie - a lie about God
- The truth about us
- Honesty before God is so important
- We were created by God
- We were made in His likeness
- We were made for God
- We are totally dependent on God
- never self-existent
- humility - the dominant spiritual character of all words of worship
- The truth about worship
- Not what we feel about it, but what the Word teaches about it
- The Bible has a gigantic vocabulary of worship
We learn about worship through ...
- the vocabulary of worship
- Biblical descriptions of worship
- Biblical institutions: primarily the Word and the table
- Biblical instructions
- literary texts of worship
- symbolical representation of things (thrones, tables, etc.)
- Conclusion: Dialogical Worship: Revelation and Response
How will we respond?
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