Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
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LEARNING TO WORSHIP GOD
Rev. 7:11-17

NKJV 11 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying: "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen."  13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, "Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?" 14 And I said to him, "Sir, you know." So he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 
15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. 16 They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat;  17 for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." NKJV 
NAS 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and {around} the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,  12 saying, "Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, {be} to our God forever and ever. Amen."  13 And one of the elders answered, saying to me, "These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and from where have they come?"  14 And I said to him, "My lord, you know." And he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 "For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne shall spread His tabernacle over them. 
16 "They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; neither shall the sun beat down on them, nor any heat;  17 for the Lamb in the center of the throne shall be their shepherd, and shall guide them to springs of the water of life; and God shall wipe every tear from their eyes." (NAS) 

INTRODUCTION

Learning from A Pliable Heart.

Learning from A Praising Heart.

Learning from A Probing Heart..
 
 
 

1. Learning to Worship from A . . Pliable Heart. v 11
    11 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,

A. Pliable in A . . Standing Position. v 11 a
    "All the angels stood around the throne. . . "

    1. Standing around the throne for service.

B. Pliable in A . . Submissive Position. v 11 b
    "and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,

    1. Falling down in reverence and worship.

4098 pipto (pip'-to);
". . . the idea of alighting; to fall (literally or figuratively):

4352 proskuneo (pros-koo-neh'-o); 65 times - 27 in Rev. (meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master's hand); to fawn or crouch to, i.e. (literally or figuratively) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore):

ILLUSTRATION Topic: Humility index: 1714-1721
Marian Anderson, the black American contralto deserved and won worldwide acclaim as a concert soloist.

A reporter, while interviewing Miss Anderson, asked her to name the greatest moment in her life.
Miss Anderson quietly told the reporter that the greatest moment of her life was the day she went home and told her mother she wouldn't have to take in washing anymore.
 
 
 

2. Learning to Worship from A . . Praising Heart. v 12
    12 saying: "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,Be to our God forever and ever. Amen."

A. A Heart . . Presenting Praise..v 12 a
    "saying: "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power
and might,"

    1. Praise in the present tense.
        a. Seven Fold Offering of Praise
            1) Blessing . . refers to our privileges.
            2) Glory . . refers His Countenance.
            3) Wisdom . . refers to His Omniscience.
            4) Thanksgiving . . refers to our Gratitude.
            5) Honor . . refers to His Reputation.
            6) Power . . refers to His Authority.
            7) Might . . refers to His Omnipotence.

B. A Heart . . Projecting Praise. v 12 b
    "Be to our God forever and ever. Amen."
        1. Praise in the future tense.

ILLUSTRATION Topic: Praise to God Title: The Taste Berry
It is said that in Africa there is a fruit called the "taste berry", because it changes a person's taste so that everything eaten tastes sweet and pleasant. Sour fruit, even if eaten several hours after the "taste berry," becomes sweet and delicious.

Keep the "taste berry" of gratitude in your hearts, and it will do for you what the "taste berry" of Africa does for the African.
 
 
 

3. Learning to Worship from A . . Probing Heart. Vs 13-17
    13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, "Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?"

A. The . . Probing of A Probing Heart. v 13
    13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, "Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?"

B. The . . Pleasure of A Probing Heart. v 14-15 a
    14 And I said to him, "Sir, you know." So he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple.

    1. Pleasure of . . Search. v 14 a
        14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation,. . "
        a. Great Tribulation

    2. Pleasure of . . Salvation. v 14 b
        ". . . and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
        a. White mentioned 3 times. v 9, v 13, 14

    3. Pleasure of . . Service. v 15 a
        15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple:

C. The . . Protection of A Probing Heart. v 15 b
    ". . . And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them.

    ". . . He who sits on the throne shall spread His tabernacle over them. NAS
 

D. The . . Provisions of A Probing Heart. v 16 - 17
    16 They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; 17 for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." NKJV
        1. Provisions . . Negatively. v 16
            16 They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat;
 
        2. Provisions . . Positively.
            17 for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

ILLUSTRATION Topic: Fullness Subtopic: Spiritual
The Scriptures often exhort us to be filled with various godly virtues -- which means what? How do we know if we are "full of goodness" (Rom. 15:14), for example? Think a moment about a water- saturated sponge. If we push down with our finger even slightly, water runs out onto the table. We immediately know what fills the interior pockets of the sponge. The same is true of ourselves. We can tell what fills us on the inside by what comes out under pressure. -- Leadership Magazine

Some times I have asked a person why they were a cross, and their immediate impression is to say what business is it of yours? I tell them I am in the cross business. Wearing a cross can bring a positive expression.

Did you ever see someone with a bumper sticker that reads "If you love Jesus Honk? And when you honked you got a fist shook at you?

Learning from A:

Pliable Heart. A Praising Heart. Probing Heart..
 
 
 

James McCullen prepared this message a worship service of Liberty Baptist Church Belgrade Mo. The pastor and several members pray regularly that God will anoint every use of this message. We hope God blesses you as you read it.
 

Sincerely

James A McCullen

Dr. James A McCullen, Pastor Liberty Baptist Church
14020 State Highway " C "
Belgrade MO. 63622
573-766-5220 E - Mail DRjim@preachhim.org
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