Thursday, March 1, 2018

A Purpose Driven Life - Chapter 13

A Purpose Driven Life Chapter 13 - Worship That Pleases God

Chapter Overview:  Worship God in Spirit and in Truth.  You shall love the Lord you God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Worship that pleases God - white water lily and lily pads

2011 (40 years old)

Another good chapter on what true worship is in the context of a Christian's life. (not just singing in church)
Rick says that the kind of worship that pleases God has four characteristics:
  1. It must be authentic (worship in spirit and in truth)
  2. It must be accurate.  He mentions a book by Gary Thomas called Sacred Pathways that talks about how people with different 'make-ups' worship God in different ways. (Naturalists, Traditionalists, Activists, Contemplates, Intellectuals, etc)
  3. It must be thoughtful. (..with all your mind..)  Would you say "I praise you!" to someone?  They would want to know details.  For what?!?  Use the names of God and/or fresh words like admire, respect, value, revere, appreciate, honor
  4. It must be practical (offer your bodies to God as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship)  ...with all your strength...   Passive worship is an oxymoron.  It should take effort and energy.
Had Dr. George Hill pray over me today to impart whatever God wanted to impart to me through him.  He mentioned 3 scripture passages:
Deut. 28:1-14
Col 1: 9-12
Eph. 1:17-22

2016 (45 years old)

God wants all of me.  What is more pleasing to God right now - my public worship or my private worship?  What should I do about this?  I know God wants more of me - more of my time and my focus - in private worship. However like the chapter says, it's not all about singing and songs.  There are different ways and types of worship. I'm definitely a naturalist to some degree. Nature draws me close to God and helps me see his greatness. I liked the line 'We can worship God imperfectly, but we cannot worship him insincerely.  So our worship must be accurate (true), authentic (sincere), thoughtful (specific and without thoughtless repetition ) and practical (with our bodies as living sacrifices).


For background on what these 'Purpose Driven Life' posts are about, click this link.
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 1 - Its Not About Me
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 2 - You Are Not an Accident
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 3 - What Drives You?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 4 - Eternity In Our Hearts
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 5 - What is Life?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 6 - Life on Earth is a Temporary Assignment
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 7 - The Reason for Everything
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 8 - You Were Planned for God's Pleasure
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 9 - What Makes God Smile?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 10 - The Surrendered Life
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 11 - Friend of God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 12 - Friend of God II
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 14 - When God Isn't There
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 15 - Part of God's Family
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 16 - What Matters Most
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 17 - You Belong
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 18 - Life is Meant to be Shared
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 19 - Made for Community
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 20 - Restoring Broken Fellowship
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 21 - Unity of the Church
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 22 - Transformed to be Like Christ
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 23 - Transformed by Thought
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 24 - Transformed By Truth
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 25 - Transformed by Trouble
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 26 - Transformed by Temptation
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 27 - Defeating Temptation
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 28 - It Takes Time
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 29 - Shaped for Serving God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 30 - Our Place in Serving
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 31 - Finding Your Specific Purpose
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 32 - Using What God Gave You
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 33 - How Real Servants Act
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 34 - Thinking Like a Servant
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 35 - God Uses Our Weaknesses
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 36 - You Were Made for a Mission
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 37 - Sharing Your Life Message
  • My Appendix to Chapter 37
  • My Testimony Based on Chapter 37
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 38 - Becoming a World-Class Christian
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 39 - Balance
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 40 - Living With Purpose
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