Senior Pastor Duane Mabee's weekly Pastor's Pondering can be read here, as seen in the printed church bulletin weekly.
Our Primary Purposeby Duane Mabee on January 31, 2020
One of our primary purposes as believers is to bring glory to God. As a church, we’ve included this idea in our mission statement. It should also be part of our individual mission statements.
You may not have a formal written mission statement for your own life. Most of us don’t. But all believers should put worshiping God and bringing Him glory as one of their top priorities. One expression of the Christian faith states that “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever,” (The Westminster Shorter Catechism). We may not fully subscribe to that statement of faith, but they got that part right. As believers, our primary purpose is to glorify God.
North River puts it this way: North River exists to worship God. We expanded on that saying: We will worship God corporately in groups of all sizes; individually through the personal practice of devotion and spiritual disciplines; and corporately and individually through expressions of love for God through the Word, prayer, music, giving and acts of service.
One of the primary reasons God saved us is to make us trophies of His grace. Ephesians 2:5, 7 say: “God made us alive together with Christ… so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus,” (ESV). As trophies of God’s grace, our purpose is to draw attention to the greatness of God Who saved us.
How are you personally drawing attention to the greatness of God? How are you drawing your own attention to His greatness? How are you helping other people focus on His greatness?
I’ve been attempting to draw my own attention to His greatness by praying through one of His attributes each morning. Some of God’s attributes are love, mercy, holiness, truth, faithfulness, justice, kindness, etc. He calls Himself our Provider, Protector, Healer, Friend, Father, etc. So, each morning I choose one of His attributes and I worship Him for it. I pray about how that attribute has impacted my life and I express my appreciation. I ask Him to help me see it more clearly and understand it better experientially. I ask Him to develop that attribute more fully in my own life so that I reflect Him better.
That’s something I’m trying. What are you trying? How are you growing in this area of worship?
We must learn to worship individually, before we can worship effectively corporately. Our personal practice of worship will dictate the quality of our worship when we are together.