“True worship is to be so personally and hopelessly in love with God, that the idea of a transfer of affection never even remotely exists.” – A.W. Tozer
I don’t know about you, but that is what I want to be true of my life, and true for us at Gateway, ‘to be hopelessly in love with God’. And it is because of this longing that I am super excited we are going to spend the autumn term engaging with worship; what could be more important than ensuring that the shape and quality of the worship of our hearts and lives isa pleasing response to the love of God toward us? After all, Jesus says that the Father is looking for such worshippers (John 4:23-24).
Of course worship is a mountain like topic, and ten weeks to ascend it is far from adequate for such a task. However, my hope for us as we gather on Sundays and midweek in groups, is that our times of teaching, worship, prayer and ministering to one another will produce amongst us something far more than the sum of its parts – we are not called to be people who simply learn a good theology of worship (although that is hugely important), but we are to be lovers of God. Men and women who live faithful and dynamic lives of worship, doers and not just hearers, both personally and as a community.
Personally- that we are totally consumed with passion for Jesus. People whose hearts are on fire for him, not just as we gather on Sundays, but equally so at the desk on rainy Mondays.
Corporately- that we build a new culture of expectation amongst us as we gather together. I.e. that we would not simply turn up on Sundays to receive, but rather come ready to be a blessing and expectant to encounter God. That to me is the sign of a healthy church!
So, can I ask you to approach this time with expectation and not limited thinking… expect God to grip you afresh with his grace again let’s seek to take new ground, and allow the fingerprints of God to be seen all over our lives.
It’s time to let God grip us with his grace again, time to climb to new mountains.