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Copr. 1997, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.

LESSON 6 - WORSHIPING OUR CREATOR (REV 14:7)

INTRODUCTION:  LETS REVIEW JUST A MINUTE.  REMEMBER WE ARE STUDYING
THE 3 ANGELS MESSAGES IN REV. 14.  SO FAR WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT
THE FIRST ANGEL. WE LEARNED THAT WE ARE THE ANGEL (IN TERMS OF
SPREADING THE MESSAGE) AND IF WE ARE SPREADING THE MESSAGE, WE NEED
TO KNOW WHAT IT IS!  THIS WEEK WE LOOK AT THAT PART OF THE MESSAGE
THAT TELLS US TO WORSHIP GOD.


I. HOW WORSHIP

     A. READ REV 14:6-7. WHEN WE READ THAT WE SHOULD WORSHIP GOD,
     WHAT COMES TO MIND?  THAT IS, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO WORSHIP?
     (LIST ON BLACKBOARD)

          1. CONSIDER THAT THE GREEK WORD FOR WORSHIP IS
          "PROSKENEO" WHICH LITERALLY MEANS TO "PROS" "TOWARDS" AND
          "KUNEO" "TO KISS." KISSES TO GOD! (STRONG'S SUGGESTS LIKE
          A DOG LICKS HIS MASTER'S HAND.)

          2. I READ A NUMBER OF TEXTS THAT USED THE WORD WORSHIP,
          AND A LARGE NUMBER OF THEM DESCRIBED PEOPLE EITHER LAYING
          DOWN OR KNEELING DOWN.

     B. IN JOHN 4 JESUS MEETS A SAMARITAN WOMAN.  YOU REMEMBER THE
     STORY ABOUT HOW THE DISCIPLES WENT OFF TO TOWN TO BUY FOOD AND
     JESUS IS RESTING BY THE WELL AND THIS SAMARITAN WOMAN COMES
     UP. JESUS ASKS HER FOR A DRINK OF WATER AND THAT LEADS THEM
     INTO A DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW JESUS IS LIVING WATER.  THIS LEADS
     TO A DISCUSSION ABOUT WORSHIP. READ JOHN 4:23-24.

          1. JESUS SAYS THAT WE MUST WORSHIP GOD IN SPIRIT AND IN
          TRUTH.
          2. WHAT DO YOU THINK HE MEANS BY WORSHIPPING GOD "IN 
          SPIRIT?" WHAT SIGNIFICANCE DO YOU ATTACH TO JESUS SAYING
          GOD IS A SPIRIT? (SEVERAL ASPECTS TO THIS:  

               a. FIRST: GOD IS NOT AN OBJECT. YOU DO NOT WORSHIP
               HIM LIKE YOU WOULD AN IDOL.  THAT IN ITSELF MAKES
               GOD INFINITELY SUPERIOR.
               
               b. SECOND: THE CONTEXT IS WHERE TO WORSHIP GOD: 
               JERUSALEM OR MT. GERIZIM? TRUE WORSHIP IS FAR MORE
               THAN A LOCATION.

               c. THIRD: THE SPIRIT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT. TRUE 
               WORSHIP CANNOT TAKE PLACE WITHOUT THE H.S)

          3. WHAT IS MEANT BY WORSHIPPING GOD "IN TRUTH?" (A KEY
          ELEMENT TO WORSHIPPING GOD IS LEARNING ABOUT HIM.  THUS,
          UNLESS YOU HAVE AN INFORMED WORSHIP, YOU DO NOT HAVE
          PROPER WORSHIP. FOR THAT REASON, TRUE WORSHIP IS IN
          ACCORD WITH THE TRUTH OF THE BIBLE.)

     C. YOU REMEMBER TWO WEEKS AGO WE SAW THAT THE ANGEL LINKED 
     FEARING GOD TO THE JUDGMENT.  TO WHAT DOES THE ANGEL LINK
     WORSHIPPING GOD? REVELATION 14:7 (CREATION)

          1. IS BELIEVING IN THE CREATION A KEY ELEMENT TO
          WORSHIPPING GOD "IN TRUTH?"
          
          2. IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE IN CREATION, ARE YOU ABLE TO 
          WORSHIP GOD "IN TRUTH?"

          3. IF YOU DID NOT BELIEVE IN CREATION, ON WHAT BASIS 
          WOULD YOU BE WORSHIPPING GOD? (A LITERAL CREATION IS ONE
          OF THE MOST CONTROVERTED ASPECTS OF THE BIBLE. A LOT OF
          PEOPLE BELIEVE IN GOD, "BELIEVE IN THE BIBLE," YET DO NOT
          BELIEVE IN A LITERAL CREATION.)  

          4. IS A LITERAL CREATION A FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH?  OR IS THIS
          JUST ONE OF THOSE DEBATED AND DEBATEABLE THINGS THAT HAS
          LITTLE, IF ANYTHING TO DO WITH YOUR SALVATION? (IT IS
          FUNDAMENTAL.  CONSIDER THE FIRST CHPT OF JOHN.  IF YOU DO
          NOT BELIEVE THAT GOD MADE US, THEN IT IS MORE DIFFICULT
          TO BELIEVE THAT HE "RECREATED US" WHEN HE AROSE.  IF YOU
          DON'T BELIEVE EITHER OF THOSE (CREATION OR RECREATION),
          IT IS HARD TO UNDERSTAND THE BASIS FOR YOUR WORSHIP.)

          5. DOES GOD SAY THAT BELIEF IN CREATION IS FUNDAMENTAL?
          (YES. TUESDAY'S LESSON HAS SEVERAL TEXTS, BUT ONE IS PS
          96:4-5. GOD COMPARES HIMSELF WITH OTHER GODS AND HE SAYS
          THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT HE MADE THE HEAVENS!)

II. THE SABBATH AND WORSHIP

     A. WHAT ROLE DOES THE SABBATH PLAY, IF ANY, IN THE MESSAGE 
     "WORSHIP HIM WHO MADE THE HEAVENS [AND] THE EARTH ...." (REV
     14:7)

          1. DOES GOING TO CHURCH ON THE SABBATH DAY RELATE IN ANY
          WAY TO A BELIEF IN A LITERAL CREATION? (GEN 2:2-3
          EXPRESSLY LINKS THE SABBATH TO CREATION AND TO A LITERAL
          CREATION WEEK.  THE SAME IS EX 20:11.  EX 31:13 LINKS THE
          SABBATH TO GOD MAKING US HOLY.)

     B. CONSIDER THAT GOD GAVE MAN THE SABBATH COMMAND (GEN 2:2-3)
     BEFORE SIN ENTERED AND MAN WAS WORKING BY THE SWEAT OF HIS
     BROW.  DOES THIS MODIFY THE WAY YOU LOOK AT THE SABBATH AS A
     DAY OF REST? (IT HIGHLIGHTS THE TURNING AWAY FROM NORMAL
     PURSUITS AND DOWNPLAYS THE REST (SLEEPING IN BED) ASPECT OF
     THE DAY.  P&P p.48 HAS A NICE QUOTE ON THIS.)

     C. IF YOU WERE THE DEVIL AND YOU WANTED TO ERASE THE IMAGE OF
     GOD AND TURN MAN AWAY FROM BEING GRATEFUL TO HIS CREATOR.  HOW
     WOULD YOU DO IT? (TURN AWAY FROM THE SOURCE OF THE GRATITUDE. 
     MAYBE GET HIM TO STOP WORSHIP.)
          1. DOESN'T THE DEVIL'S WORK TO CREATE DISREGARD FOR THE
          SABBATH AND THE GENESIS STATEMENT OF CREATION MAKE
          PERFECT SENSE TO YOU NOW?  

III. THE BEHAVING SIDE TO WORSHIP

     A. A.M.HUNTER SAID THAT THE GOSPEL HAS TWO SIDES -- A
     BELIEVING SIDE AND A BEHAVING SIDE. LETS TURN TO ROMANS 12:1-2
     TO LOOK AT THE "BEHAVING" SIDE OF WORSHIP. READ

     B. IT SAYS THAT IN VIEW OF GOD'S MERCY WE SHOULD OFFER OUR 
     BODIES AS LIVING SACRIFICES AND THAT THIS IS WORSHIP.

          1. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO OFFER OUR BODIES AS LIVING 
          SACRIFICES? (IT MEANS THAT PART OF WORSHIP IS A CHANGE IN
          THE WAY YOU LIVE.)

          2. WHY DO WE DO THIS "IN VIEW OF GOD'S MERCY?"  IT SAYS
          THAT WE OFFER OUR BODIES IN VIEW OF GOD'S MERCY. (HE MADE
          THE SACRIFICE TO GIVE US ETERNAL LIFE. THAT SHOULD MAKE
          A DIFFERENCE IN OUR LIFE. THAT DIFFERENCE IS THAT WE LIVE
          DIFFERENTLY.

          3. VERSE TWO SAYS DON'T CONFORM, BE TRANSFORMED. AND IT
          SAYS THAT WE ARE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF OUR
          MINDS. HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN? (WE RENEW OUR MINDS IN GOD'S
          WORD AND BY PRAYER.)

IV. NEXT WEEK:BABYLON THE PRETENDER. REV 14:8