Yesterday at C3, we heard a great message from Chris Pipes, our Minister of Worship. Chris, his wife, Debi, and their kids moved from California five years ago to be on staff at C3. Matt and I love Chris and Debi, and are so thankful that they are part of the C3 family!
Chris’s message was on the 5 Keys to giving thanks from Psalm 100.
“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100:1-5
Key #1 – Shout about God’s Blessings – We are so blessed and each of us have a testimony worth sharing and telling others about. Some reasons to shout would be: God has solved a problem you had; He has given you a specific direction to follow; you have received a blessing that only God could provide; You’ve been healed of a disease… When these things happen, it isn’t the time to stay quiet – it’s an opportunity to share Chris with others.
Key #2 -Worship God with a Happy Heart – Worship is more than something we do, it is who we are. And, it’s more about what we do, it is how we do it. Our worship must flow out of a heart of gratitude, not fear or obligation.
Key #3 – Show the Joy of Belonging to God -One of the most famous singers in Scripture was a shepherd boy named David. David sang because he had a song. He had seen God move in his life. Having a song doesn’t mean you have a great voice or the ability to write, it means you’ve seen God move in your life, and you want to worship Him.
Key #4 – Let Go be Your Shepherd – God made each of us exactly the way that He wanted to. He is our Creator. Also, God isn’t finished with any of us yet. He is always growing us and refining us and shaping us. Don’t try to lead your own life, let your Creator and your Shepherd lead your life.
Key #5 – Rely on God’s Presence for your Strength – In the Old Testament, people would go to the Temple to be in the presence of God, but when Jesus went to be with His Father in Heaven, He gave us the Holy Spirit as an ever-present strength and comforter for those who have received salvation. Because of the presence of the Holy Spirit, we can be strengthened.
If you missed the sermon, you can check listen to it here. It was a great word, not only for the holiday season, but for an everyday reminder that God is worthy of all of our praise!