Letting Christ Transform You From The Inside Out
Worship is the mindset and practice of placing yourself in the presence of God, remembering what He has done, and allowing yourself to be transformed by Him. In the Old Testament, worshipping God as a community was connected to the Sabbath Day. Today, these principles can also become a "spiritual practice" that we apply to each day of our lives.
Bible study, attending church, giving to the poor, loving one another, and many other good Christian works are not worship. They can lead to worship and spring from worship, but in and of themselves are NOT worship.
The goal of Bible study is to get to know the "true image" of God so that we will be drawn to Him. The goal of worship is to encounter the Living God and let Him make us whole again as He transforms us into His image.
"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who IS your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. " Colossians 3:1-4
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:18
"And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." 2 Corinthians 3:18
"This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for out sins." 1 John 4:9-10
"Offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. This is your act of spiritual worship. Do not think of yourselves more highly than you ought. Rather think of yourself with sober judgment." Romans 12:1,2