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Worship Sermon Series (part four)

Working Toward Worthwhile Worship
Part Four

Text: Luke 17:11-19 NLT
As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. 12 As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, 13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.

15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” 16 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.

1. The Bible – the Word of God is incredible – such an amazing book.

In any other book, we would reference stories as entertaining or amazing. But these stories in God’s Word bring to us life-changing principles.

Such is the case with these Lessons from the Lepers.

2. We read the story – pretty simple.

10 Lepers

Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease causing skin lesions and nerve damage. It’s also known today as Hansen’s disease.

In Biblical times, it was incurable and acquainted with sin and a curse.

Jesus is entering the village where these 10 lepers lived when He meets them.

I love what the Scripture says:

“They kept their distance but raised their voices…”

They kept their distance because the law required it, but they raised their voices because their hearts desired it!

Sometimes there are obstacles between us and the Lord. Sometimes hindrances. Sometimes barriers.

For 10 lepers, it was the law – “Unclean, unclean” was their mantra.

For us at times it’s:

False humility (not worth it)

May I just stop here and say before I go further, stop running from Jesus and start running to Him! 

You don’t have to keep your distance any longer. 

You don’t have to be held in your bondage any longer. 

With arms opened wide He says to you and me, “Come.” And what we need to do is stop our futile attempts at happiness and just cry out to Jesus.

3. Now, back to the story.

They were all healed – one returned to give Him thanks and praise.

Notice carefully what Jesus said, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine?”

Now that’s important. There’s so much said that’s not said!

Worthwhile Worship
A. Requires us to come back to Jesus.

The one guy started down the road with everyone else but in his heart knew he should go back and say thank you.

1. So true for us.

I know we get busy. Life tends to swallow us up. But don’t let that harden your heart! Be thankful.

Being thankful can be learned.

Not being thankful is a show of entitlement.

America is eaten up with an entitlement mentality.
Let me also say the church of Jesus Christ is eaten up with an entitlement mentality.

We often take our blessings for granted.

We receive so much so often from the Lord and keep walking down the road.
Let’s purpose to always go back and say, “Thank you, Jesus. Without Your touch I’d be lost in my own leprosy.”

Worthwhile Worship
B. Requires us to lavish our praise on Christ.

The primary act of worship is the offering of praise. There are few, if any, subjects in the Bible talked about and described more than praise.

Time doesn’t afford me the chance this morning to talk through the Psalms or the hundreds of times the people of God offered praise.

Let me give you an acrostic for praise that kind of covers what I’m talking about.

“P”It’s personal. Praising God begins with my own deep feelings about God.
He has been so good to me, I’ve just got to go back and praise Him. I thank God for you. I rejoice over your blessings. But let me tell you, I too have so much to be thankful for. I’d be helplessly lost today without Him. I’d be broken and barren – but I’ve been made whole.

“R”It’s reverent. I mean praise is deeply respectful. When I praise Him, I do so knowing Who He is and I’m mindful of His greatness. There’s something about being with someone who has earned our respect that we want to be at our best – we want to serve – to assist.

“A”It’s appreciative. At the very core of praise is appreciation. You know how it feels to be appreciated. We all go around saying it doesn’t matter – we do what we do and don’t need to be appreciated. But it just isn’t true. None of us like to feel used and taken for granted. Nor should we ignore our Savior and not give Him the appreciation He deserves.

“I”It’s illuminating. Praise helps me see who I am and who I’m not. Praise lifts me out of the earthly into the holy! Praise helps me see God for who He is.

Psalm 103:1-5 KJV –

“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.”

“S”It’s sincere. Praise is sincere. It’s honest. It’s meaningful. It comes from a heart of integrity. It is not performance based. It is not flippant and shallow.

“E”It’s enthusiastic. There’s energy in worship because we are giving Him glory and praise.

Psalm 100:1-5 KJV

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

There’s energy in corporate worship especially. 

The New Testament worship was seen as a celebration. 

That really should describe our Sunday morning experience. 

We are not here today to mourn a defeat but to celebrate a victory. 

Christ has risen!

And because He has died, risen, conquered death, hell, and the grave:

I can be forgiven of all my “leprous sins.”
I can be made whole.
I can be healed.
I can go on my way with all the pieces of my broken life put back together again.

We come here on Sundays to what we call a worship service. It must be just that – a worship service.

We’ve been pushed around all week.
We’ve worked hard.
We’ve faced problems.
We’ve dealt with issues.
We’ve done our ingestion of bad news.

We don’t need to come here and feel like we need to sit down and shut up! 

No, we are here to magnify the Lord and exalt His Name.

There are many of you who can’t wait for September. Not because school’s back in. Not because the weather starts changing. Not because it’s harvest time. But you can hardly wait until Thursday, September 8. The NFL season starts.

And many of you can’t wait until Monday, September 12 when the Redskins beat the Steelers.

But just imagine if the tens of thousands of fans who gather at those stadiums were forbidden to make a sound.

No cheering. No yelling. No clapping. No music. No expression at all.

Why, we’d witness spontaneous combustion of tens-of-thousands!

All over a bunch of giant men trying to get a ball from one end of the field to the other. But they bought the ticket. They’re going to cheer and celebrate their team.

Church doesn’t have to be legislated by a set of rules and someone else’s expectations. 

Sometimes I see people standing and arms raised pouring their soul out to Jesus and lavishing Him with praise and I wonder why. Then I learn something about their week. Something they’ve come through. Some victory they’ve experienced.

They deserve to lift their hands and raise their voices. Jesus bought their ticket! They deserve to cheer and celebrate what He’s done.

And I tell you something else, it is contagious!

When I see you worshiping, it does something to me. It inspires me to say, “Hey, He healed my leprous soul too. I’ve come back to praise Him for it!” 

Altar Service:

The leprous man came back to Jesus and fell at His feet shouting, “Praise God!” and thanking Him for what He’d done.

9 lepers, though healed, walked away. They just got what they wanted and walked away.

Jesus asked, “Where are the other nine?”

Please don’t be the other nine. Please don’t be ungrateful. Stop today, and every day, and thank Him. 

Thank Him with your praise – with your life – with your time – with your resources.

Be the one that always comes back.

Worship Set

Friend Of God 

- Michael Gungor and Israel Houghton 

Verse 1 

Who am I that You are mindful of me
That You hear me when I call
Is it true that You are thinking of me
How You love me it's amazing
(It’s amazing it’s amazing) 

Chorus 1 

I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
He calls (You call) me friend

Misc 1 (Bridge) 

God Almighty
Lord of Glory
You have called me friend

Verse 1 

Who am I that You are mindful of me
That You hear me when I call
Is it true that You are thinking of me
How You love me it's amazing
(It’s amazing it’s amazing) 

Chorus 1 

I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
He calls (You call) me friend

Misc 1 (Bridge) 

God Almighty
Lord of Glory
You have called me friend

God With Us 

- Bryan Torwalt and Katie Torwalt 

Verse 1 

You are matchless in grace and mercy
There is nowhere we can hide from Your love
You are steadfast never-failing
You are faithful
All creation is in awe of who You are 

Verse 2 

You're the healer of the sick and the broken
You are comfort for ev'ry heart that mourns
Our King and our Savior forever
For eternity we will sing of all You've done
For eternity we will sing of all You've done 

Chorus 1 

(We sing) God with us
God for us
Nothing can come against
No one can stand between us
God with us
God for us
Nothing can come against
No one can stand between us 

Verse 3 

Your heart it moves with compassion
There is life there is healing in Your love
You're the Father the Son the Holy Spirit
For eternity we will sing of all You've done 

Misc 1 (Bridge) 

Where there was death You brought life Lord
Where there was fear You brought courage
When I was afraid You were with me
And You're lifting me up
And You're lifting me up 

Misc 2 (Bridge) 

And You're lifting me up
And You're lifting me up
And You're lifting me up
And You're lifting me up

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) 

- Matt Crocker, Joel Houston, and Salomon Ligthelm 

Verse 1 

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep my faith will stand 

Chorus 1 

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine 

Verse 2 

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sov'reign hand will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now 

Misc 1 (Interlude) 

Oh and You are mine oh 

Misc 2 (Bridge) 

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Saviour 

Misc 3 (Interlude) 

Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Oh Jesus yeah my God 

Chorus 2 

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

Forever (Kari Jobe version)

- Christa Black Gifford, Kari Jobe, Brian Johnson, Jenn Johnson

Verse 1

The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Savior of the world was fallen
His body on the cross His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon Him

Verse 2

One final breath He gave
As heaven looked away
The Son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken 

Misc 1 (Pre-Chorus)

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His (perfect) (reckless) love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting
Our resurrected King has rendered you defeated 

Chorus 1

Now forever He is glorified
Forever He is lifted high
And forever He is risen
He is alive and He is alive

Misc 2 (Bridge)

We sing hallelujah we sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah the Lamb has overcome
We sing hallelujah we sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah 

Misc 3 (Ending)

And now death where is your sting
Our resurrected King has overcome
He's overcome oh