Worship God 09 – First general session

You could feel the excitement as the conference goers milled about and filed into the auditorium.  In all, there were supposed to be about 1,600 people attending.  We came a little early and were able to listen to the musicians practice.  It seemed a little surreal to watch Bob Kauflin warming up with his band, which included his son and daughter.

At 7:00 (give or take a few minutes), the musicians launched into “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and the excitement in the audience exploded into praise.  Thaw was incredibly awesome to hear and be a part of, to say the least.  The entire next hour (it seemed like only minutes!) was spent standing and singing praises to God.

John Piper then spoke on Ro. 3:25-26 on the problem God was solving in the death of Christ – namely, the obscuring of His righteousness.  2 Cor. 4:4-6 says that Satan’s goal is to hide “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ who is the image of God” from us.  And God’s purpose is to show us this glory by revealing it through Christ.  Piper made a great  statement when he said that “forgiving our sins was a secondary issue – first and foremost to God was that His glory be revealed!  Piper showed how it is not some sort of egomania that drives Christ to say “Love ME, worship ME, follow ME” but rather it is love for us that we would see Him who is BEST.

When we start with the Biblical mindset that everything centers on God and his glory instead of on man and what God can do for me, it should only drive us more to worship and praise him.  We don’t deserve anything yet God gives us EVERYTHING in Christ.

Stay tuned for more.  On a side note, I’ve hand limited internet access which is why these posts have been a little behind.

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