Message Preview | More Than Sunday | Part 2

By Matt Dawson

One of my all-time favorite quotes that FUELS my understanding of WORSHIP is from A.W. Tozer.

 “We are called to an everlasting preoccupation with God” 

Do you know what it’s like to be preoccupied with something?  Everything around you is moving and you’re giving it your attention, but the entire time your attention is ALSO fixed on something else.  What a BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF WORSHIP!

This idea also goes perfectly with a verse from Psalm 16:8.

“I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

The Psalmist is speaking about this continual perspective that keeps GOD in our sights FIRST before anything else. An everlasting preoccupation with God.

I pulled a really old clip from a sermon where I used some examples of what this looks like in a life of worship.  If you’ve got 10 min – please watch it as we prepare to meet again on Sunday at Journey to continue the series “More Than Sunday.”

Worship is Always & Everything

By Matt Dawson

One of the many books that I don’t have time to write is called “Measuring the Mess.” It will be all about our worship and intimacy with Jesus that is eagerly waiting those who stop evaluating and measuring the mess in their lives with the end of goal of simply a less messy life.  Measuring our mess is NOT the path to deeper worship & intimacy… it’s just the path to try to have less of a mess.

Chris kicked off our new series “More Than Sunday” last weekend and shared this statement at the beginning.  Nobody Does Not Worship!  Whether we recognize it or not, whether it’s intentional or not, worship is ALWAYS happening and it’s in EVERYTHING we do. Chris did an excellent job describing how this plays out on Sunday mornings – but it’s SO MUCH MORE than just Sunday.

Here’s a small list ways we can all worship GOD, all the time!

Eating, Resting, Laughing, Singing, Praying, Crying, Serving, Leading, Helping, Playing, Working, Loving, Caring, Jumping, Smiling, Competing, Winning, Losing, and Chilling! (just a sample list)

Here’s a small list of ways we all worship OURSELVES, all the time!

Over Eating, Worrying, Working, Shouting, Fighting, Crying, Helping, Playing, Drinking, Loving, Hurting, Lying, Hating, Stressing, Arguing, Crying, Competing, Cheating, Winning, Losing, and Chilling. (just a sample list)

Worship is Always & Everything. The act of worshiping doesn’t change based on our activity…the OBJECT of worship changes. Some activity might even LOOK the same, but the object and the reason WHY is very different.

More to come this weekend…today I want to give you 3 examples of how we GET to worship God ALWAYS and in EVERYTHING.

Eating & Drinking
Believe it or not, there’s a LOT of FEASTS talked about in scripture.  Not only in the old testament with Kings and festivals, but even the PROMISE of a feast with Jesus when we see Him again in Heaven.  There was so much done around “the Table” that we cannot ignore the WORSHIP that is happening when we eat and drink.

Now, many of us don’t realize that we EAT and DRINK while worshiping OURSELVES.  This is why most of our eating and drinking is done in excess! Gluttony and Drunkenness are not simply SIN, but the results of having the WRONG object of worship! 

Just think about it.  God gave the average person around 10,000 taste buds.  Just so we could ENJOY the flavor of all God has blessed us with. I know it’s easy to “thanks Jesus for this food and the hands that have prepared it” for a moment before a meal, but to understand that our EATING AND DRINKING is just ONE of the ways we are always worshipping in everything!

When you eat more than you need – WHO are you worshipping?  When you NEED that “glass of wine that turns into 4 when you get home at night – WHO are you worshiping?

Working (Even at a Job We Hate.) 
Not everyone is as fortunate as me (having the best job, leading the best people, at the best church in all of LKN)! Many people actually HATE what they do for a living. Some don’t hate their jobs, but they certainly don’t LOVE what they do or who they work for.

You may not believe this – but OUR WORK IS WORSHIP!  It doesn’t matter WHAT WE DO, we are doing it in RESPONSE to something – that’s worship!

Maybe you work just to provide money to live the life you want to live. That’s fine… you’re worshipping YOU! Just recognize that.

When you understand that God is the provider of all things in your life…you’re free to work in response to HIM. To pray that God would empower your sales presentation…to ask the Holy Spirit to give you discernment about a meeting with an employee…to find JOY in our work because we have a God who loves us!

If your workplace or the work you do in this season is less than desirable…let it be a megaphone for even more gratitude to God. God often uses “the rock and the hard place” to create even more dependence on Him as your Provider!

At work, you’re Always engaged in Worship.  It’s in Everything you do! The question is simply WHO is the OBJECT of YOUR WORSHIP at WORK. 

People really underestimate the value of resting.  And by people…I’m talking about ME!  I’m a bit of a DOER by nature. I’m married to a DOER that lives by the motto “if you’ve got time to lean…you’ve got time to clean.” We both have had season where we’ve struggled to see RESTING as a productive part of our lives. It’s only been in the past few years that I’ve been able to take “moments” of time during the week and understand the VALUE and WORSHIP that happens in moments of REST! Sure, we can REST because we’re worshiping ourselves and “need our beauty sleep” OR simply are overworking ourselves so hard that rest is forced upon us because the object of our work and rest is US.

However, resting is such a huge part of how God designed us to connect with Him. To find quiet moments, to carve our time to just “Be Still and Know that He is God!” Resting gives us an opportunity to thank God for all He’s done, is doing, and will do in our lives no matter the circumstances.

Is rest something that is seen as a GIFT FROM GOD or is it forced upon you as a result of not knowing when to slow down? Both are worship…WHO we are worshipping is what matters!

This weekend, we’re going to spend some time talking about the BIG IDEA that Worship is MORE THAN SUNDAY! I hope you’ll join us and start living in a way that because of God…Worship is ALWAYS and EVERYTHING

Message Preview | More Than Sunday Part 1

By Chris Denning

I’m gonna make this short & sweet because I’m writing this with a 1-week-old strapped to my chest #DadLife

This weekend, we’re starting a series called More Than Sunday, where we’re taking the time to better understand what worship is and how it fits into the life of a believer. Simply put, I believe that we don’t understand what worship means (truly), and our misunderstanding causes us to come to dumb conclusions.

For instance:

  • I don’t like to sing, therefore I don’t sing at church, because worship time just isn’t for me. WRONG.
  • I’m not talented in music, therefore I don’t like to go into service for the music, because I don’t enjoy it. FOOLISH.
  • Worship is just a time during a service, therefore I just need to fake it til I make it for 20 mins on a Sunday & I’m good. DUMB.

Worship is so much more that just something we do on Sundays. I know that some of you get that, but this weekend, we’re going to talk specifically about what worship is and how our time together on Sundays at Journey fits into that understanding.

If anything I’ve said has upset you so far, then you DEFINITELY need to come hang out this weekend. This isn’t going to be a rah-rah, bait & switch situation where I cheerlead you about how we need to sing more and then we do a few songs after the message to prove the point.

Nope. We’re going to take an honest look at what we believe about worship and how our time together on Sundays plays into it. Why? Because how we worship reveals what we think about God. Chew on that for a minute, cause we definitely will on Sunday.

Come and challenge yourself to open your mind about what you believe about worship, it’s going to be a great time together. Plus, I’ll probably show a baby pic or 2 because I can #CuteBabiesWin

Why 62.5% of Men Don’t Sing on Sunday

By Chris Denning

Yup, that’s right. 62.5%.

Ok. Maybe I made that up, but still, you get the point.

On the whole, a majority of guys don’t enjoy singing on Sunday. Trust me, I’d know, because I can see your faces each week from stage. #Busted

Now, if you don’t like to sing, don’t feel bad. I’m not into bashing people because they don’t like to sing at church. Mostly because I was one of you growing up. I didn’t start singing until later in high school and I used to think it was THE WORST.

The question still remains: Why? Why do a lot of guys not like to sing on Sundays? Here’s the Top 4 reasons guys don’t sing on Sundays:

1. They don’t like to sing . . . period.

Most men don’t really enjoy singing, especially in public. Maybe they enjoy singing the right song in the car by themselves, or maybe they can knock out a tune or two at karaoke, but singing around a bunch of other people isn’t the most relatable thing. This one makes sense to me, so one for the guys.

2. They don’t like to express themselves in that way.

Unless you’ve found yourself in a musical, most men don’t express themselves in song. Maybe Lin Manuel Miranda sings a song when he’s got something to say, but that’s definitely not what most guys do. Also, many of the songs we sing on Sunday express some pretty rich and deeply held beliefs, which can make one feel vulnerable when singing. That’s a good thing, but I can understand why some guys feel this way.

3. They don’t like the words.

This one is a song-by-song situation. There are some lines in songs that we sing that can make people uncomfortable with the intensity of emotion or faith that they convey. It could be that the line feels too flowery, or maybe that it expresses a belief/feeling that they don’t fully feel. I can respect this one, because I have felt a little phony before singing lines that I don’t fully believe in my heart. There’s something to be said about singing things in faith, but that’s for another post.

4. They don’t like the music.

Maybe they’re a country guy. Or a metal guy. Or an Eagles fan. Or . . . a million other things. I’ve been at concerts where the band isn’t quite my cup of tea, and even if they dropped into a cover of Purple Rain, I’m prob not gonna sing. (I mean, who am I kidding, OF COURSE I’m singing Purple Rain.) The music on Sunday might not be their favorite, which can lead to less singing.

These are all valid reasons but . . .

It doesn’t matter.

I really doesn’t. No matter their excuse for not singing, guys shouldn’t feel bad about not singing on Sunday. However, they SHOULD feel convicted about not engaging in worship.

Engaging doesn’t equal singing . . . necessarily. If singing isn’t your thing, guys, then pray the lyrics. Consider what the sentiment of the song is and try to meditate as the song plays. Find a way to engage your heart and mind with what is happening in the room.

You can be led in worship even if you don’t sing, but it’s up to you to allow yourself to be led. This weekend, I want to challenge you to take a step, however small that step is, to engage more in worship, in your own way. Consider what speaks most to you and make the choice to engage this Sunday.