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Purpose Driven Plus One: Worship

Purpose Driven Plus One: Worship Sermon Audio Here

John 4:19-26; Deut. 6:1-9

Perhaps you’ve not heard of the difference between praise choruses and hymns. This story explains it well:

An old farmer went to the city one weekend and attended the big city church. He came home and his wife asked him how it was.

“Well,” said the farmer. “It was good. They did something different, however. They sang praise choruses instead of hymns.”

“Praise choruses?” asked the wife. “What are those?”

“Oh, they’re okay. They’re sort of like hymns, only different,” said the farmer.

“Well, what’s the difference?” asked the wife.

The farmer said, “Well it’s like this … If I were to say to you, ‘Martha, the cows are in the corn,’ well that would be a hymn. If, on the other hand, I were to say to you, ‘Martha, Martha, Martha, Oh, Martha, MARTHA, MARTHA, the cows, the big cows, the brown cows, the black cows, the white cows, the black and white cows, the COWS, COWS, COWS are in the corn, are in the corn, are in the corn, in the CORN, CORN, CORN, COOOOORRRRRNNNNN,’ then, if I were to repeat the whole thing two or three times, well that would be a praise chorus.”

As luck would have it, the exact same Sunday a young, new Christian from the city church attended the small town church. He came home and his wife asked him how it was.

“Well,” said the young man, “It was good. They did something different, however. They sang hymns instead of regular songs.”

“Hymns?” asked the wife. “What are those?”

“They’re okay. They’re sort of like regular songs, only different,” said the young man.

“Well, what’s the difference?” asked the wife.

The young man said, “Well it’s like this … If I were to say to you, ‘Martha, the cows are in the corn,’ well that would be a regular song. If on the other hand, I were to say to you,

Oh Martha, dear Martha, hear thou my cry
Inclinest thine ear to the words of my mouth.
Turn thou thy whole wondrous ear by and by
To the righteous, glorious truth.

For the way of the animals who can explain
There in their heads is no shadow of sense,
Hearkenest they in God’s sun or his rain
Unless from the mild, tempting corn they are fenced.

Yea those cows in glad bovine, rebellious delight,
Have broke free their shackles, their warm pens eschewed.
Then goaded by minions of darkness and night
They all my mild Chilliwack sweet corn chewed.

So look to that bright shining day by and by,
Where all foul corruptions of earth are reborn
Where no vicious animal makes my soul cry
And I no longer see those foul cows in the corn,

then, if I were to do only verses one, three and four, and change keys on the last verse, well that would be a hymn.”

– worship MUST go beyond the mere methods we use to recognize God

What IS Worship?

an Act of Spirit ~ John 4:19-24

  • 19/23 Samaritan(non-Jewish) Woman(socially unacceptable); yet, Jesus calls her to faith THROUGH WORSHIP
  • 24 an Act of Spirit (inspiration – check your intake: what do you regularly watch-read-listen that helps your spirit?)

an Act of Truth ~ John 4:25-26

  • 25/6 an Act of Truth (doctrine – check the Word – If Messiah explains everything, how do you get His Word into you?)

an Act of Listening ~ Deut. 6:1-4

  • 1-4 HEAR O Israel~ Worship: an Act of Listening (check your direction; what helps you plan your life?)

an Act of Loving ~ Deut. 6:5-9

(check your actions; what do you DO in your life of worship?)

  • 5/6 Love with all you’ve got
  • 7 Love God into your children
  • 8/9 Love God onto your world (it’s NOT a private thing!)

“There is an inborn urge in each person to worship. If we don’t worship God we will find something else to worship, whether it be a job, a family, money, a sport, or even ourselves.” Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Church, pg 116

Purpose Driven Plus One: Ministry

Purpose Driven Plus One: Ministry Sermon Audio Here

Matthew 5:43-48; Leviticus 19:9-18

From Rick Warren’s message on Ministry~ Priscilla Presley, wife of famed singer Elvis Presley, said this in an interview: “Elvis never came to terms with who or what he was meant to be or what his purpose in life was. He thought he was here for a reason; maybe to preach, or to save, or to serve and care for people, and that agonizing desire was always in him… and he knew he wasn’t fulfilling it. So he’d go on stage and he wouldn’t have to think about it. Elvis hadn’t a clue about where to begin to look. In a sense, he was lost.” Elvis was successful, but not fulfilled.

Be A Person On Purpose:

See Kingdom Standards ~ Matthew 5:43-47
This is Jesus’ teaching pattern for the Kingdom in the Sermon on the Mount

  • 43 Level of Law (entry level: the bare minimum)
  • 44/45 Goal of Godliness (achievement unlocked!)
  • 46/47 Practice of Piety (how do we get there?)

Live Kingdom Concepts ~ Leviticus 19:9-18

  • 9/10 more than just “feed the poor” PLAN to help others
  • 11/12 reminders: section doesn’t replace 10 Commandments; it’s a COMMENTARY on the Commandments; You are now reading the Law- more complex than you thought
  • 13 “Do Not Cheat or Swindle”
  • 14 “Do Not Taunt”
  • 15 “Be Fair to ALL” (don’t pander to the poor, or revere the rich)
  • 16 “Do Not Slander or Endanger”
  • 17 “Do Not Hate; Reason Rightly”
  • 18 “Release Revenge”; Love Like Your Life Depended On It

Matthew 5:48: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” This is the Completion of Christlikeness.

Purpose Driven Plus One: Evangelism

Purpose Driven Plus One: Evangelism Sermon Audio Here

Isa. 6:1-8; Luke 24:44-49

As I was looking through our Church documents, I ran across my original “Terms Of Call” that the search committee sent me when I first started here. It was a refreshing reminder of what we’ve agreed upon as pastor and congregation. “If I’m to carry out these terms of call,” I asked myself, “then HOW do I do this???”

How Does The Gospel Work Among Us?

We See The Need ~ Isaiah 6:1-8

  • Isaiah gets a vision of the Lord, and is struck with just how unworthy he is for ministry. God’s response? God CLEANSES him, and makes him worthy. And Isaiah says “send me!”
  • This is what makes the Gospel GOOD NEWS: none of us is good enough, but God makes us worthy, and calls us into service

We Share The Seed ~ Luke 24:44-49

  • 44 Jesus IS God’s plan
  • 45 we can’t see it unless we’re opened by God (cf. Rom 10:9-15)
  • 46/47 ~Resurrection (Jesus’ New Life Cancels Old Debt) ~Repentance (Stop Holding Onto Old Debt) ~Restoration (Live The New Life God Gives!)
  • 48/49 Just as you’ve received it, share it


  • Worship is a celebration of the Holy Spirit in our church body through prayer, music, communion, praise and thanksgiving. We share in the reading, understanding, and teaching of God’s word. We Minister to one another by using our God-given gifts to strengthen and build the church family as we grow in our commitment as disciples of Christ.
  • We Fellowship as a church family, brothers and sisters in Christ. We walk together in the light of salvation by the love of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
  • By the authority of Jesus Christ, we Share the Gospel in our community and support those who share it with the world. We are committed to Discipleship through lifelong training and learning that empowers all to spread God’s Word.

As God’s gathered people, we realize we’re gathered FOR A REASON: We Share, we Support, we Worship, we Teach, We Reach, all to change the world!

Purpose Driven Plus One: Discipleship

Purpose Driven Plus One: Discipleship Sermon Audio Here

Matthew 28:16-20

I had a chance to visit with my daughter’s pastor at the church she attends in her university town. I found myself explaining what our congregation is like, and tried to describe WHY we do what we do.

Every Church Has A Reason To Exist

To Answer “Why Are We Here?”
From Warden Community Church Covenant: “…recognizing the privilege and duty of uniting ourselves for Christian fellowship, the enjoyment of Christian ordinances, the public worship of God, and the advancement of His kingdom in the world, we do now, in the sight of God and invoking His blessing, solemnly covenant and agree with each other to associate ourselves to be a church…”
Presbyterian Great Ends of the Church: “Proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind; Shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; Maintenance of divine worship; Preservation of the truth; Promotion of social righteousness; and Exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.”
Purpose Driven Church: “Worship; Fellowship; Discipleship; Ministry; Evangelism”

To Respond To Christ’s Call ~ Matthew 28:16-18 – what does discipleship MEAN?

  • 16 notice “disciples” these are not casual followers of Christ, they have dedicated everything they are to the disciplines that Jesus has been teaching
  • 17 Post-Resurrection: they worshiped. They understood that Jesus was not just a rabbi, but Emmanuel – God With them (cf. Matt. 16:16 “you are the son of God”)
  • 18 highest possible Authority in heaven and earth = King over a kingdom

To Live Like Jesus Wants ~ Matthew 28:19-20 – HOW do we make disciples?

  • 19 GO & MAKE DISCIPLES… 1) BAPTIZING~ more than repentance and ritual {but that’s still a part}; covenant sign of constant significance => like a tattoo of affiliation or a BRAND
  • 20 2) TEACH to OBEY~ more than information – TRANSformation 3) ASSURANCE~ we aren’t to do this alone

“Disciple” means to pass along the disciplines taught by a teacher. As disciples of Christ, we can know WHY we’re here- to Respond to Christ’s call, and Live like Jesus.

Pastor Ed Backell

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