Pastor Al is preaching on one of my favorite two verses this week…Romans 12:1-2.. I urge you therefore brethren to present your body as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God for this is your reasonable service of worship and don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good, acceptable, and perfect.
It is always great to find a song that has the exact verse in it that your pastor is preaching on. The Praise Team will start out the 2nd service with a song simply titled Romans 12:1. It establishes right up front what the message of the day is. We will go on to sing as a congregation a song that we have song for several years, “Let the Praises Ring”. In this song we present our hands and feet and the rest of us too…to God. Take some time this week to look at Romans 12:1-2. Great passage!
I would like to talk about expression of worship this week. As you know I get pretty excited up there when I get the honor of worshipping the Lord. I try to contain myself so I don’t scare everyone, but it is so hard to not bounce off the wall when He and I get to communicate that way. BUT, that is not everyone. Some are more expressive than others obviously. There is no right way or wrong way to worship the Lord expressively unless it is with a cold heart. We will go deeper on that in weeks to come. Whether you are a hand raiser, a dancer, or you sing without all of that, it is great. We can pull Scriptures out to prove a point that we are supposed to raise our hands, dance around, and sing every note and try to manipulate a response. But the truth is, it is a heart posture, not a physical posture. I even struggle giving the instruction of standing to worship. You will never hear me instruct you to dance or raise your hands. If you do those things, it has to be driven from what is going on between you and God, not by manipulation and guilt. We will talk further next week…see you Sunday…love you