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Service of the Word. Service of the Table
11/26/2006
Scripture: Daniel 7:9-14; Psalms 93
Track 4 of 4 in the Transforming Story: Getting the Message Out series
Running time: 13 minutes, 52 seconds.


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Chuck Sackett Speaker: Chuck Sackett
Dr. G. Charles Sackett is minister of Madison Park Christian Church.

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"Worship: An Historical Perspective"

There is always worship. It goes on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It occurs somewhere on the earth every hour of every day. But, beyond that, it occurs in heaven all the time. There are numerous styles of worship. All of them were contemporary at their inception. All of them became traditional as time passed.

But comtemporary via-a-vis traditional should never be the question. The question must always be acceptable vis-a-vis unacceptable. And the judgement there must be made on the basis of the standard of Scripture's teachings. If an act of worship honors God and is in harmony with the teachings of His word, it is acceptable. If it fails to honor Him and/or doesn't meet the test of scripture, it's unacceptable.

Today we experienced an historically based worship service. It focused on two primary areas: the service of the Word and the service of the Table. We read and heard and sang a lot of Scripture. We heard about, thought about, sang about, read about, and then participated in communion.

You can never get too much of either. There is no such thing as too much Word or too much Lord's Supper. Both reveal God. Both tell the transforming story. Both invite us into a relationship with God Himself.

On the one hand . . . in the word . . . we encounter the Living Word (Christ) in the form of the written word (scripture). There we see what the Holy Spirit recorded for us. In the Scriptures we read what God desires for us to know. We take it in and it's like honey from the comb.

On the other hand . . . in the table . . . we encounter the Living Word (Christ) in the emblems representing His body and blood. The church has long debated the exact form this supper should take. They have debated how often it should occur. They have debated how "present" Christ really is. But, there is one thing they haven't debated . . . that we should celebrate the Supper.

So, today, we offer our worship to God, who is worthy of our adoration. So, today, we offer our thanks to God, who is deserving of our gratitude. So, today, we are reminded that we have stepped into a stream as old as eternity . . . we step into the flow of worship. Today, we join the legions of those who have gone before us and blend our voices with those spiritual beings who constantly worship. And we worship God, the only one worthy of our praise.