Next Steps Into A New Normal
August 8, 2021
Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus who love God, love people and serve the world.
This series is not just the latest messages you can listen to about Jesus; this is a strategy you can live by to actually follow Jesus.
We start our journey of following Jesus where the original followers of Jesus started: by worshipping Him.
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” (Luke 5:1-8)
Jesus’ worthiness and his unworthiness.
Woe unto me, for I am a man of unclean lips and I live among a people of unclean lips. (Isaiah 6:5)
Before there is the commitment to follow, there is the confession of worship. There is the recognition of both who God is: holy—and who we are: unclean and unworthy.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. (Luke 5:10-11)
The revelation of Jesus in worship is the basis of the motivation needed to follow Jesus in discipleship. At the heart of worship is the worth-ship of Jesus.
“Is it worth it?” “Is He worthy?”
Worshipper of Jesus is an identity we embrace before worship of Jesus is an activity we engage.
We either worship the Creator or we worship some facet, aspect or part of the creation.
Faithful followers worship faithfully.
When I worship God, I become more human.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before the Lord with joyful songs. Know for sure that the Lord, he is God. It is he who has made us and not we ourselves. (Psalm 100:1-3)
1) You become like what you worship.
“Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your god.”—The German Reformer Martin Luther
2) Worship makes you more truly human.
“The glory of God is a human being fully alive.”—Irenaeus
When I worship it produces a deep sense of gratitude in me.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. (Psalm 100:4)
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
When I worship, it connects me to other people and we become bonded together in a way that no other human activity can accomplish.
Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. (Ephesians 5:23)
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12)
“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:31-32)
Could you have a marriage that exists 100% online? Would it be a healthy marriage?
Technology helps keep us informationally and even inspirationally connected, but it’s not a substitute or replacement for incarnational connection.
We grow when we worship, because worship restores us.
Trials are inevitable but restoration is always possible because grace is always available when we’re in the presence of God.
After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. (Matthew 26:30)
We grow because worship not only restores us, it re-stories us.
Discipleship is the conscious decision to live by the story where Jesus is in charge.
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:6-11)
He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory. (1 Timothy 3:16)
When the story is transmitted, disciples are transformed.