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THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH

The church has definite obligations, duties, responsibilities which she has to perform these functions in this generation. D is of great importance that the church should know and be aware of what she stands for and what church is out to do. However, we must know that the definite purpose of God in the creation of man is to glorify Him.

1. TO WORSHIP AND TO GLORIFY GOD ON EARTH IS THE FIRST PREREQUISITE

Eph. 1:4-6, “…to the praise of the glory of His grace, where in He hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Isaiah 43:7, “Even everyone that is called by My Name for I have created him for my Glory.” Our life should be a song of praise to God. I Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat or drink or whatever ye do, do all for the glory of God. To give praises and adoration to God must be the church orientation. In every programme, which we carry out in the church, one must first ask this question within his hear t, “How does it glorify the Lord? And if it scripturally glorify the Lord before you carry out.

2. THE WORD WORSHIP

Genesis 22:5, Psalm 5:7. To worship is to express reverence, to have a sense of awe, to bow low before the object of worship and to make obeisance. Worship is the highest form of praise. It is derived from the old English word “worth-ship” to esteem the worth of, and to make a suitable response to that worthiness.

(a) It is the first commandment. Exodus 20:1, 2; 34:14
(b) The Tabernacle and Temples in the Old Testament was introduced to man for the purpose of worshipping God. Psalm 138:2
(c) The act of worship is costly. It took Abraham his son, Genesis 22:5 and demands our sacrifice of praise. Hebrew 13:15 In worship we must surrender our lives. Rom. 12:1-2; II Samuel 24:24.
(d) Worship is an eternal duty. Revelation 4:9-11, 5:8-14.

3. THE INVOLVEMENT IN WORSHIP

(a) The surrender of self. We can never enter into true worship until there has been a complete surrender of our “self” to God. We see this in the life of Abraham by the act of his sacrifice – all his future was involved.  Genesis 22:9-12.
(b) The raising of hands in adoration to God Ps. 134:2.
(c) Bowing low before the Lord Ps 95:6.
(d) Praising God in dance. Ps. 149:3, Acts 3:8
(e) By Clapping of hands. Ps 47:1

4. THE WORSHIPER IS ALSO BLESSED BY THE SUPREME

Genesis 22:16-18. Finally every true worshipper of God must know that abundant blessing s untold is due to him Revelation 22:12-14.

by E. T. Dodoh