Churches spend a lot of time talking about worship, but the discussion usually centers around what, how, when, and where. "Worship wars" are often the cause of church splits and much of the division in the religious world. In this series, we don't spend as much time focusing on what and how; we focus on the why of worship. When we fail to worship, or make worship more about ourselves and our preferences, we are like a fool who stands in front of the Grand Canyon and never takes his eyes off his phone. The glory of God, when seen clearly, will motivate our hearts to worship.
Very few Christians read the Old Testament book of Leviticus. With its listings of ancient Israelite laws and descriptions of grotesque animal sacrifices, most people just can't see the relevance. This year, we're focused on being a church after God's own heart, holiness is one of the defining attributes of God. We all know that God is love, but love isn't what the angels cried out and repeated over and over again in his presence. [ 42 more words ]