Why we Worship

PSALM 47

Clap your hands, all peoples!
  Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared,
  a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us,
  and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us,
  the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

God has gone up with a shout,
  the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
  Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
  sing praises with a psalm!

Why Sing?

God reigns over the nations;
  God sits on his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples gather
  as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
  he is highly exalted!


Why Scripture?



 


What if someone preached a sermon so powerful that it launched Protestant missions, and initiated the modern mission movement? What in the world did William Carey say that had such an impact?


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"I call that sermon of Carey's wonderful, because there has, perhaps, been no sermon preached in modern days, which has had so distinct and traceable and effect on Protestant Christianity throughout the world." Dr. F. W. Gotch

Peter preached his first sermon in Jerusalem, and 3000 were saved that day, crying out, "Brothers, what must we do?"

Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on a church door in Wittenberg, and the Catholic church trembled, the end result being that the birth of the Protestant church was at hand.

Lethargy set in, and when a passionate but simple English shoemaker named William Carey preached to his Baptist brethren, millions around the world were about to hear the gospel for the first time. What did he say?

On May 30, 1972, 17 ministers met for prayer at 6 a.m. and at 10 a.m. Carey preached from Isaiah 54: 2-4:

Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities. Do not be afraid....

Out of that sermon came a phrase that epitomizes faith:

"Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God."

What happened? Forty years of prosperous ministry and translation work in India, that's what. John Newton said of Carey: "Such a man is more to me than bishop or acrhbishop - he is an apostle."

Expect great things from God. Faith. That's where it all begins. Without faith it is impossible to please God. With faith, all things are possible. Listen to C. H. Spurgeon challenge us:

I make bold to assert that in the service of God nothing is impossible, and nothing is improbable. Go in, in the name of God; risk everything on his promise, and according to your faith shall it be done to you.

The common policy of our churches is that of great prudence. We do not, as a rule, attempt anything beyond our strength. We measure means, and calculate possibilities with economical accuracy, then we strike off a large discount for contingencies, and a still larger as provision for our ease, and so we accomplish little because we have no idea of doing much. I would to God we had more "pluck."











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