Weekly Wrap | I Am RockChurch (Part 1)
Overwhelmed by the response to Sunday’s message as we recast RC’s vision and kicked off our “I Am RockChurch” series. The Holy Spirit’s presence was evident during our time of passionate worship that included the following songs:
- Glory to God Forever
- I Belong to You (RockChurched up!)
- How He Loves
- With Everything (Aaron Gillespie)
- No vision = people perish (Proverbs 29:18)
- RC Vision = To reach and impact the Peoria area and world by delivering the Word of God through relevant worship, discipleship, relationship, and stewardship.
- Staggering statistic: 66% of American adults say religion is losing influence in American life. I believe one of the reasons for this statistic is because a lot of churches can no longer relate to people. They have become monuments or museums instead of movements. The message is relevant, but their style is not. I read an excerpt from Outreach Magazine entitled Then vs. Now. Watch the video podcast for more on this.
- I spent some time explaining RC’s worship style and why we worship.
- Psalm 9:1 says, I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; The Hebrew word for praise in this verse is yadah = throwing forth of the hands. This is why we raise our hands during worship. (This word in the yoda version is translated as, “Praise Him ye must.”)
- Psalm 22:22 says, …in the congregation I will praise you. The Hebrew word for praise here is halal = make a boast, act clamorously foolish before the Lord. Now you know why some people “get into it” during our worship service.
- Psalm 34:1 says, I will extol (bless = barak = kneel before) the Lord at all times; His praise (tahilla = act of public praise) will always be on my lips. This explains those who feel compelled to kneel during worship and why we worship corporately.
- Psalm 63:3 says, Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify (praise) you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. The Hebrew word for praise in this verse is shaback = shout unto the Lord, glory, triumph, congratulate . This is why people get excited and shout out the occasional, “Woo-hoo!”
- I also shared our mission to: Reach the unchurched for Jesus, to teach the unchurched about Jesus, to build the church and make disciples of Jesus.
- I ended the message with another staggering statistic: There are 70,000 unchurched people in the area. What I have since found out is this number only includes Tazewell county! There is enough room for every church to be full!