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Sunday AM Remix – 9.18.11

September 19, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

We started a brand new series this weekend titled Refresh. Over the last year, we have embraced these three words as a church … worship, love, go. During this series, we will be casting vision as to what each of these words look like for us as a church and what they mean for us as individuals.  Here are my notes from the first week of Refresh

Isaiah 58:1-9

Worship can be described in a lot of ways.  We want to be a church were Worship happens.  However, there are some things that we need to understand about it so we can fully engage in it.

* Worship isn’t about where you are physically but where you are spiritually.

* Singing is the movement of your mouth, Worship is the movement of your heart.

“The Lord says, ‘These people come near to Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.  Their worship of Me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.’” Isaiah 29:13 (NIV)

* We can do many things without totally putting our heart into what we are doing.

** Singing without heart is not Worship, it’s simply music.

** Preaching without heart is not Worship, it’s simply a lecture.

* If we can get excited about temporal things, how much more should we get excited about eternal things?

* REALITY – Many people attend church services but never worship.

 “‘Cry aloud; do not hold back; lift up your voice like a trumpet; declare to my people their transgression, to the house of Jacob their sins. 2 Yet they seek me daily and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that did righteousness and did not forsake the judgment of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments; they delight to draw near to God.'” Isaiah 58:1-2 (ESV) 

* Getting caught up in the routine of righteous things is not what pleases the Lord, He desires a righteous heart seeking Him completely.

* SCARY THOUGHT – God doesn’t go to every church! Some church have been going through the motions for so long they haven’t even noticed He was missing.

* The fire in the pew never burns hotter than the fire in pulpit.

* The Pastor is the thermostat for the people they are leading.



 “Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and oppress all you workers” Isaiah 58:3b (ESV)

* QUESTION – Who are you doing worship for?

* We can’t have everything we want and throw God in on the side. Because we grow to where we don’t need Him. In this we grow restless and complacent.

* We must realize that worship has never been about us, it has always been about Him.

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.”  Psalm 66:18 (NKJV)

* TEST – When was the last time you  turned everything off and focused on God? Yes this includes your phone, e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter. OUCH!

* REALITY – Many of us never shut down our stuff even for a Worship Service

* QUESTION – Am I here for God or am I here for myself?


“Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to hit with a wicked fist.  Fasting like yours this day will not make your voice to be heard on high.”  Isaiah 58:4 (ESV)

* Jesus said that people will know that we are His Disciples by the way we love one another.

* If we can’t love the people we can see, how can we love the one we can’t see?

“I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling.”  1 Timothy 2:8 (ESV)

“In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives.  Treat your wife with understanding as you live together.  She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life.  Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.”  1 Peter 3:7 (NLT)

* Just because we do the right things, does not mean God listens.  He has instructed us on how to live, yet we still want to do it our way and have Him adjust to us.



* TRUTH: It’s easier to focus on the externals and look good on the outside than it is to do the hard work of changing from the inside out.

 “Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself?  Is it to bow down his head like a reed, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him?  Will you call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the Lord?”  Isaiah 58:5 (ESV)

* Burlap & sackcloth were signs of brokenness. It was displaying on the outside the dirtiness that was being felt on the inside. However, over time, this just became routine.

* QUESTION: What externals have you allowed to become routine?

* REALITY – We can do all the externals and never leave eternally changed or different.



  • Experience the FREEDOM OF CHRIST.

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?”  Isaiah 58:6 (ESV)

* The idea here is being freed from the bondage of sin … we could spend all kinds of time naming and listing these sins, but you know the one that really seems to keep you trapped.

* When we are set free from sins bondage we don’t surrender to it anymore.

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1 (NKJV)

 * TRUTH – “Whoever the Son sets Free, is Free Indeed.” John 8:36 

* Jesus says, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;[a] believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?[b] 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. John 14:1-3 (ESV)


 “Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”  Isaiah 58:7 (ESV)

We are called to show compassion to the …

  • HUNGRY (Others)
  • HOMELESS (Others)
  • HELPLESS (Others)
  • HOMESTEAD (Family)



“Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.  Then you shall call, and the Lord with answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’” Isaiah 58:8-9a (ESV)

 1.  LIGHT 

* God will shine His Face on us so we can be the light of the world.


* Healing will Happen


* Because of Christ we have Victory!


* The Glory of the Lord shall be your rear God … God’s got yo back.


* You shall call on the Lord and He will answer you.


1.  What is your favorite part of a worship service?  Why?  What is your least favorite?  Why?

2.  Read Isaiah 29:13.  What is God’s indictment of the Israelites?  How could you apply this to your worship life?

3.  What does passionate, heartfelt worship look like to you?

4.  Read Isaiah 58:1-5.  God says He ignores worship that is selfish (verse 3), strife-filled (verse 4), and superficial (verse 5).  What does it mean for God to ignore our worship?  How do you see these three problems in the church or in your own life?

5.  Read 1 Peter 3:7.  How does marital problems hinder worship?  Why does God force us to get along with our spouse in order to have a close relationship with Him?

6.  Read Isaiah 58:6 and Galatians 5:1.  How do these two verses go together?  How should our worship be a celebration of freedom?  What have you been freed from through the cross of Jesus?

7.  Read Isaiah 58:7.  God says one way to prepare ourselves for great worship is to diligently with four groups of people: the hungry, the homeless, the helpless, and the homestead.  How are you doing in these four areas?  How could you do better?  How could your group work together to help others and improve corporate worship?

8.  Read Isaiah 58:8-9.  God promises four blessings of powerful worship: light (verse 8), healing (verse 8), righteousness (verse 8), protection (verse 8), and provision (verse 9).  Which one of those excites you the most?  Which one do you need most in your life right now?

9.  What area of your worship life needs the most improvement?  What steps are you going to take to make adjustments?


Awesome Is The Lord Most High-Able

Your Grace Is Enough-Maher

One Thing Remains-Jesus Culture

Be Thou My Vision-Glorious Unseen

Christ Is Risen-Maher

We hope that you found Sundays Message and following Small Group Questions helpful. If you missed this weeks message, I encourage you to get it here.  While you are there, browse around our website … we think you will like it and find it to be a great tool in inviting friends to FBC Harvester.

As always, I hope you make plans to join us at FBC Harvester next weekend! If distance is a problem, you are always welcome to listen to any of the teachings from our worship service from our website. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us here. We would love the privilege of helping where we can and seeing God do amazing things in our lives together.

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