“Where purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable”
The purpose statement of the Dominion Faith International Church is making you a member of God’s family where we pray and share together, helping you grow like Christ, training you to serve in the house and also around the world that God might be lifted.
As a purpose-driven church with the longing for continuous growth, following the great commandment and the great commission, Eph. 4:1-6 and Acts 2:1-47 lead us to the 7 purpose groups of the church which we will be, henceforth, discussing.
Before we continue, we need to realise that the church is made up of people; the church is not the building or the hall or the auditorium where we gather to worship, it’s the people themselves! The church is made up of the “called-out ones”, the ones that are IN the world but are not OF the world. It’s all of us that believe that Christ is the Son of God and have accepted Him as our Lord and Saviour. So as we go on with these purposes, we must individually personalise them and keep in mind that our spiritual growth influences the church’s growth and development too!
So what are our reasons, as a church, for existing? First,
To worship is to show or have a strong feeling of admiration and respect for someone. The first reason why we are saved and exist as a church is to worship God. Exo. 3:12 shows us that our token to God for bringing us out of our proverbial Egypt is to worship/serve Him upon His mountain. God inhabits the praise of His people (Psa. 22:3)
“Worthy art thou, our Lord and our God, to receive the glory and the honour and the power: for thou didst create all things, and because of thy will they were, and were created.” Rev. 4:11
Do you know that when you start your prayers with “Father, you’re the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…”, you’ve already started praising Him? Let’s check it:
God of Abraham – By calling Him this, you are saying He is the God of blessings and promises. A covenant-keeping God!
God of Isaac – By calling Him this, you are saying He is the God of laughter; the God of steady progress (check Isaac’s life)
God of Jacob – By calling Him this, you are saying He is the God that changes names; a living God!
Praises brings down God’s presence. It makes God want to dwell in His church, makes Him want to dwell in you. We are to enter His gates with praise (Psa. 100:4); if you don’t know how to praise, you’ll tarry long at His gates. Many come to God praying and not praising first, it doesn’t allow easy access to open doors; the ideal way to come into God’s presence is by prayer and supplication WITH thanksgiving! (Phil. 4:6)
Worshipping God is the first sign/proof that you love Him. The Litmus test to a true believer/worshipper is that of his/her love for God. If you have a struggle worshipping God, then it indicates you have a struggle loving Him.
This brings us to the first and great commandment!
And he said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the great and first commandment. – Matthew 22: 35-40
Jesus answered, The first is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God, the Lord is one: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. – Mark 12: 28-34
Also see Deut. 6;5 and Luke 10: 25-28
Love is a strong feeling of affection towards the one you admire. Worshipping and loving God go hand-in-hand. The biggest challenge as regards worshipping God in an acceptable manner lies greatly in whether you love Him or not!
How then do we love God in order to worship Him properly and acceptably? From the texts above, we see that there are about 4 ways to love God. They are:
1. LOVING GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART
Loving God from the heart means involving all your emotions in all what you do for Him, including worshipping Him. The heart is, after all, the seat of all emotions! You cannot claim to be worshipping God when your face and body is void of any kind of emotion; you’re allowed to weep, laugh, dance, jump when you’re praising – it shows God that you’re doing it with all your heart and emotions!
2. LOVING GOD WITH ALL YOUR SOUL
The soul is where your will is; your centre of decision. Your soul is in-between your body and spirit. If you lean towards your body more and are controlled by it, then you will conform and love more the things of the world; if you lean towards the spirit more, then you’ll love God without restrictions – which allows you to give Him your voluntary and willing worship. Soulful and voluntary worship inspires God.
3. LOVING GOD WITH ALL YOUR MIND
Your mind is the eye of your soul. The mind is a powerful thing because it has the power of imagination. Whatever happens in your mind cannot happen in your life. A dirty mind equals to a dirty life! The things that pre-occupy your mind determines how you act; your mind is your thinking faculty.
Thinking has to do with:
– What you see with your eyes
– What you hear, even the things you say to yourself. You think it, you act it.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honourable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.- Phil. 4:8
Question is, how often do you think of God and the things of God? Because it is only when you think of God and His steadfast love that you’d love to worship Him!
4. LOVING GOD WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH
This has to do with loving and worshipping God with all your physical strength and intensity, even in your job and career. Giving offering of praise unto him, financially and otherwise; being faithful with your tithes as a way of appreciating Him for where He has brought you thus far are ways of worshipping Him. We have to worship God in spirit and in truth, with all we’ve got!
Eulogise God and He’ll show up in your matter! The Paul and Silas story is a great example, where God shook the earth to free them because they had offered up songs of praises to Him – Acts. 16: 23-26. Dedicate your worship to Him and He’ll dedicate Himself to you!
In church, do not leave the praises to just the choir or the praise leaders! Don’t just watch them sing and praise, get on your feet and raise your voice of praise and adoration up to God too. We all owe Him our praises.
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for such doth the Father seek to be his worshippers. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4:23,24