Core Value Series (1 of 6)

On July 30, 2011, U2 concluded the 360° tour. The tour set records for the highest-grossing concert tour with $736 million in ticket sales, and for the highest-attended tour with over 7.2 million tickets sold. During the course of two years, people gathered nightly around a stage to enjoy the music of U2 where thousands of people sang along with Bono and the Edge. The scene is set, people are gathered together in unity, led under the leadership with a singular purpose

Sounds pretty familiar, doesn't it? It describes a reality: Worship is not merely a Christian activity, rather a human one. Worship is an outpouring of all our thoughts, affections, and desires towards a certain object. Worship is part of the hardwiring and DNA of every human being that lives; it's not an aspect, it is who we are. Since worship is part of our being, there's no start or stop button for we were created worshipping. Thus, worshipping is part of our identity as image bearers. 

Worship becomes distinct when we consider the object of our worship. When our first parents, Adam & Eve believed Satan's lie it forever distorted our identity, thus leading to a propensity to sin. Paul shared this reality with the church at Rome, 

"Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen." Romans 1:24-25

This identity distortion led to a division, where the object of worship was either the Creator or created. All of our choices, desires, and thoughts describe the object of our worship and it is when they are directed toward something other than God, there is idolatry. 

Thankfully, Jesus freed us from sin, redeemed our identity, and empowered us by the Holy Spirit to live as image bearers who joyfully worship God. What this means is every disciple now worships Jesus with all of life, because we were created worshipping. Our hope for every disciple of Jesus at The District Church is to live a life of worship.  

Additional reading

Disciple by Bill Clem

Who Do You Think You Are? by Mark Driscoll

Sermon on Identity by Pastor Matt Chandler

Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 1:18-23; Ephesians 1:4-6