Dynamic of Revelation and Response
Dr. Bruce Leafblad
Notes by Richard S. Dickson
Saturday, July 29, 2006 1:15 p.m.
Church Music Georgia 2006
- 5 Statements that are pre-suppositions
- God is knowable.
- difference from every other religion
- God delights to make Himself known.
- it is His joy to reveal Himself
- God is continually engaged in actions by which He is making Himself
known to people.
- God uses the Holy Scriptures as the primary means of His ongoing self revelation.
- God making Himself known to us is the divine action which prompts true
worship responses in us.
- 5 Dimensions of Divine Revelation that prompt true worship
- The revelation of God's presence.
- Without a consciousness of God's presence we will not engage in the conversation of worship.
- Worship design/leadership:
- that which we seek we cannot produce
- all we can produce is ram material/kindling
- total dependence on God's Holy Spirit - the flame
- therefore, prayer is the most important element of our planning
- Not just one day a week, but a lifestyle.
- If we experienced His presence only one day a week, we would not be satisfied.
- The revelation of God's person.
- 2 hymns in scripture are from heaven
- Sanctus (Isaiah and Revelation 4)
- The test of a good hymn: how much is God in it?
- Holy (tri (good, better, best): superlative
- character (perfect)
- Lord: sovereign rule, reign
- Almighty: ultimate, omnipotence
- Eternity of God (from Revelation 4)
- In worship, we mirror who He is back to Him.
- "When they saw Him, they worshiped Him."
- "When we see God as He is, we will worship Him as we are." - Jack Taylor
- If we do not worship Him as we are, we have not seen God as He is.
- The revelation of God's power.
- Holy smoke is a sign of God's presence and pleasure
- What the seraphs sing is truth and God takes pleasure in that.
- Shaking the doorposts and threshold.
- The cleansing of a human heart. No man can do this. Only God can do this.
- Everything happening in church today can be explained by human power.
- God wants to reveal His power but ... do you?
- The revelation of God's purposes.
- There is a mission.
- There is a sending agent.
- There is a missionary.
- Much of scripture concerns itself with God's purposes.
- What God is about in human history.
- Purposes are eternal.
Wonderful: we are part of them.
- The better/more we know God the better we understand His purpose and
as a corollary our purpose.
- The revelation of God's plan.
- If you know Him, God has a wonderful plan for your life.
- There is a piece of the puzzle with your name on it.
- Isaiah was called to fail and he said, "Here am I."
... and yet look at what came out of it (the book of Isaiah).
- Beauty from ashes.
- A picture of Calvary.
- Closing remarks.
Until you worship 7 days a week, you really aren't qualified enough to plan worship 1 day a week.
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