5.8.11 Worship Confessional

“In the Christian faith the key to the puzzle is the work of Jesus Christ. Once we have a solid grasp of his work the rest of the faith falls together around it. When I discovered the universal and cosmic nature of Christ, I was given a key to a Christian way of viewing the world, a key that unlocked the door to a rich storehouse of spiritual treasures” (Robert Webber).

This morning we began a new series of worship gatherings entitled “Beautiful Exchange” (thank you Hillsong for the inspiration and yes, in the coming weeks we will be doing the title track from that project).  The purpose of the series is to help our community delve deeper into the mystery of the wondrous work of Jesus on the cross. In my experience, if you asked the everyday, ordinary follower of Jesus the question,”what happened at the Cross?” the typical answer would be something like, “Jesus died on the Cross for my sins.” True, but perhaps not true enough. In the course of this series we will explore six primary New Testament images that speak to the breadth and depth of Christ’s atoning death of the Cross. Here are the images and the cultural realms from which the New Testament writers drew them:

  • Sacrifice: Religious Realm
  • Reconciliation: Relational Realm
  • Justification: Legal Realm
  • Redemption: Economic Realm
  • Victory: Military/Athletic Realm
  • Example: Moral/Ethical Realm

One of my goals in this series is to not only explore the spiritual implications and benefits that God extends to those who embrace the beautiful exchange of the Cross, but to also consider what a life might look like of it has truly been implicated by the Cross.

For example, this morning our focus was on Jesus’ death on the Cross as a sacrifice for sin. If Christ, in an act of worship, offered His life back to God for the life of the world, those who have embraced the benefits of that beautiful exchange on the Cross must be ready to offer their lives back to God for the life of the world as well. As Paul wrote in Romans 12:

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is true worship. (TNIV)

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. (The Message)

Question: what implications does the Cross of Christ have in your everyday, ordinary life?

Here was our worship flow for the morning:

  • Let God Arise (Chris Tomlin)
  • Like a Lion (Daniel Bastha)
  • Mighty to Save (Hillsong)
  • Selected Verses from Psalm 40 and Silent Prayer
  • From the Inside Out (Hillsong)
  • Mother’s Day Video
  • Announcements /Offering
  • Message from Hebrews 10
  • Mystery (Charlie Hall)
  • Communion

You can learn what other faith communities experienced this weekend at The Worship Community.

Stay connected…


  1. Great set–love MYSTERY from Charlie Hall. So many don’t know the origin of the CHRIST HAS DIED, CHRIST HAS RISEN, CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN.
    Jim Drake recently posted..Worship Confessional-May 8- 2011 MOTHERS DAY

  2. Love the direction of your new series. Webber has a huge influence on my understanding of worship. Can you cite where that quote is from?

    Also, trying to send you an e-mail with a chart but it bounced back (terry@terrytimm.com) ?
    Rob Still recently posted..May 8 Worship Set

    • I had the opportunity to take some classes with Bob when I was doing my graduate work at Northern Seminary in Chicago. Huge influence on me as well, Rob.

      The quote is from “Ancient-Future Faith” and Scot McKnight also references it in the beginning of his book, “A Community Called Atonement.”

      I’m not sure why the email bounced – try terrytimm@me.com

      Thanks – TT

  3. I love the idea that you digging into the mystery of God and Christ. Knowing that we don’t know everything about God is reassuring.
    Michael H Smith recently posted..Following A Guest Worship Leader

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