1.  The fundamentals of being a Christian

Discipleship, worship, fellowship, mission, generosity

2.  Worship (Review)

  1.  We were not commanded to worship
  2. We were not created to worship
  3. We were created worshiping
  4. Created in the image (reflection) of God

Genesis 2:6  When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.

3.  We were created continuously outpouring:

We were created continuously outpouring worship.  Since the fall the bent on humankind is to take what is good, pleasing and desirable and worshiping it rather than God.

Romans 1:25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised.

The rest of Harold Best definition:

Worship is the continuous outpouring of all that I am, all that I do and all that I can ever become … in light of a chosen or choosing god”  Harold Best, Unceasing Worship

His point, we’re continuously worshiping either God or something else.

4.  Religion without God.

Gary Laderman, Sacred Matters  shows that genuinely religious practices and experiences can be found in the unlikeliest of places–in science laboratories and movie theaters, at the Super Bowl and Star Trek conventions, and in Americans’ obsession with prescription drugs and pornography. When devoted fans make a pilgrimage to Graceland because of their love for Elvis, Laderman argues, their behavior doesn’t just seem religious; it is religious–enacting a well-known ritual pattern toward saints in the history of Christianity.

Cultural worship is marked by three things:

  1. Myth (story that defines life)
  2. Community that shares the story
  3. Sacred rituals (worship acts)

Examples:  Science fiction, sports, environmentalism, movies, adrenaline, art, science, music, golf, gardening, sexuality, alcohol, celebrity worship

5.  The Mirror Effect

Narcissus, The Metamorphosis Ovid (AD 8) Reflects Greek mythology

“The key to understanding the Narcissus myth is not that he fell in love with himself, but that he failed to recognize himself in his own reflection.”           Dr. Drew Pinksy, The Mirror Effect

Dr. Drew Pinsky host of the syndicated radio talk show Loveline, the Dr. Drew Show on HLN, and Celebrity Rehab.  He noticed the extreme poor behavior of celebrities and their Narcissistic behavior.  Non-Christian

“Like an infectious agent, The Mirror Effect threatens to transmit the psychologically damaging traits of narcissism from the celebrities who model them to a generation of viewers who follow their every move, and mirror it back in their own behavior”            Dr. Drew Pinksy, The Mirror Effect

Obsessed with celebrity culture.

2007 Pew Research Center: The findings that this generation’s top life goals are to be rich (81%) and famous (51%) contrast with a 1967 study of college freshmen in which 85.8% said it was essential to develop “a meaningful philosophy of life,” while 41.9% thought it essential to be “very well off financially.” USA Today

Forbes named the most influential entertainer…Lady Gaga (more extreme…)

God Commanded:

 “You shall have no other gods before me.

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.   You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God…”  Exodus 20:3-5

Hebrew for make = `asah to make, produce, prepare, make (an offering), attend to, put in order, observe, celebrate, acquire (property), appoint, ordain, institute, bring about, use, spend, pass

6.  Turning back to the Worship of God.

Matthew 4:10  Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’

Hebrews 12:1-2  …And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

Narcissus was gazing at the wrong thing.  God created the world and declared it good, through the fall we have made what is good our god.

Like Peter walking on the water, we need to fix our gaze on Jesus.

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