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Sermon Notes

 

 

October 6, 2013 : CREATED FOR WORSHIP

Dr.  Burnie R.  Burnside

 

Isaiah 6:1-8

 

So did you survive this week?  Did you survive that great challenge telling you what you need, what you want, and what you've just got to have.  Did you successfully survive the consumer trap this week?

 

Where Is Our Focus?

 

The people of God face a great dilemma in shopping for a God.

 

Throughout history the people of God have repeatedly faced this dilemma of God shopping.

 

Uzziah just seemed to fit their desires and expectations.

 

What is a consumer-driven people to do when the one who has successfully delivered all their wants, hopes, and desires is gone?

 

Answer:  It's All About Him.

 

The kingdom of God sees life so different from what the world sees it.

 

What is the answer?  Isaiah says it this way, "I saw the Lord."

 

The Lord was actively sitting, reigning, on His throne.

 

When the rest of society is consumer-driven:

 

Isaiah provides the counter-answer of the Kingdom:

When consumers worry, the people of God worship.

When consumers look down, the people of God look up.

 

While the dominant culture has seen Uzziah as "the king," Isaiah sees the Lord as King.

 

The Called to Worship

 

The focus hasn’t changed much. The focus continues to be: What do I want, what do I need, what do I like, what suits my tastes, and what will make me happy?

 

The Lord, as He has always been so faithful to do in His grace and mercy, appears.

 

God is looking for a church that understands that its identity is grounded not in kings, programs, and commercials but in worship.

 

God is calling communities who will look to the One who is seated on the throne, high and exalted.

 

God is calling forth a community whose identity is based on Him.

 

One the deepest needs the people of God have is to see God for who He is and to worship Him for who He is – the King, the Lord of Hosts!

 

Our deepest need as the people of the God is to recognize that we are not consumers who seek a product but worshipers who seek the face of God.

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