In the section Living Word we want to provide sermon outlines to help pastors in the preparation for their important and central task of preaching. We try to provide help in the exposition and the application of the text. This week: Psalm 137.
John R. W. Stott
Worship is "worth-ship," an acknowledgment of the worth of Almighty God. And God’s worth is absolute. It is the same for every other man as it is for me, and for me as it is for every other man. It is therefore impossible for me to worship God truly and yet not care two cents whether anybody else worships Him too. Sincerely to pray "Hallowed be Thy name" is bound to make us witnesses, "for the sake of the Name," the very name whose hallowing we say we desire. It is not surprising therefore that is was during a time of worship that the first missionary journey was conceived: "While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, 'Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them,'” Worship which does not beget mission is hypocrisy. We cannot acclaim the worth of God if we have no desire to proclaim it.
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