As we look at those two words (Impact Worship), We are reminded of what it is to live as a Christian and not just be a Christian. In fact, take the word “Impact” and stick it in front of most words you can think of - people, friends, family, the poor, the sick, the homeless, the community, self, work, school, life…worship. These words are just things on their own. We can be Christians and notice these things. But through our actions…our impact on them, rooted in the transformation that Christ has brought in our hearts, we live as Christians.
Last Sunday, Jeff Johnson took us through the beginning of Romans 12, where after eleven chapters of what God has done for us, Paul finally talks about how we should respond, and he says this word: therefore.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:1-2
In other words, Christianity isn’t a spectator sport. Paul urges us to respond.
Paul didn’t say to present our minds, our thoughts, our spirits, or our hearts. He said, “present your bodies”. He’s talking about our actions, behaviors, and deeds…not our motivations or our feelings. This idea is echoed in James 2:17, “so also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
Being conformed to the world is living as the world. But being transformed by the renewal of our minds, choosing to offer ourselves like we would offer a sacrifice to God, is to live impacting the world.
Tomorrow we will celebrate Palm Sunday and the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem before he was crucified. And to prepare for worship together, I would like you to ask yourself the question, “am I living as a Christian, or just being a Christian?”
Ryan Sharp is going to take us through Matthew 21, where crowds of people in Jerusalem shouted “Hosanna!” as Jesus entered the city. As they shouted that word, which comes from the Hebrew word הושיעה־נא הושיעה נא (hôshia-nā’), meaning “savior” or “rescue”, some people thought Jesus was going to save them from the rule of the Roman Empire. Others thought he was a prophet sent to rescue the people from sin. Few knew he was the great I AM.
We often lift our hands and sing “Hosanna” to God, but do we truly understand who He is and what life He has called us to live?
Tomorrow we will introduce a new song, called “All to Him” which we have displayed above.
Listen to this song, learn it, worship along with it! And as you consider the lyrics, listen to who our Jesus is, so that as we sing “Hosanna!” tomorrow, we sing in “spirit and in truth.”
Our Promise, our Answer, our Savior, our Future, higher than the mountains, greater than our burdens, deeper than the valleys, closer than our fears, stronger than our doubts, He has conquered all! His name is Jesus!