Summary: God has created us to be a people of praise: to live our lives with thankfulness and worship. In our brokenness we replace praise with ingratitude, cynicism and entitlement. It is God’s purpose and plan to recreate true praise in our hearts so that we can begin to live in freedom and joy. This series will encourage us to step into that journey and to become a people of praise.
Series Scripture: “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.” Psalm 145:3
Celebration Praise – Reflection and Response
Core Truth: Today we praise and celebrate our great God as we reflect on His acts of power and His surpassing greatness. We will take time to reflect and respond to what God has been saying and doing among us as we remember His sacrifice for us.
Core Truth: True praise is contagious. Others will know that we are living in the freedom of worship that honours God. We get the opportunity to pass the purpose of life on to the next generation and to celebrate together who God is and what He has done.
Core Truth: We are called to worship God with all of our hearts. Half-hearted worship is no worship. Worship happens when we trust God over the substitute gods that we are tempted to give ourselves to. God responds to all in praise and others are impacted by it.
Scripture: Psalm 138
Speaker: Nathan Wachal - Associate Pastor, Community Initiatives & Worship Arts
Core Truth: We are a blessed people who have innumerable things to thank and praise God for. This Psalm lists many great things we can praise God for and in turn we learn to respect, honour and obey Him. True praise always leads to obedience.
Core Truth: One of the reasons we are able to praise God in all circumstances is because He is totally faithful. This is true in individual lives and in nations. Becoming a people of praise means choosing to place our hope in Him as the Faithful One.
Core Truth: Whether or not a person acknowledges God the truth is that we were made to praise. Creation, children and all of humanity cannot keep silent with praise. Why is true praise directed at God? How can we live as a people of praise? What are the outcomes of a life of praise?