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EXPRESSIONS OF WORSHIP

SERMON STARTER

       

        At our Harvest Network International Fall Regional Conference at Berlin, Ohio, Jess McCloud presented a well-constructed Power Point presentation on worship music. A lively discussion ensued and set me to considering not just music as a worship vehicle, but what happens to bring about the presence of Jesus into the midst of corporate worship.

        I submit there has been a tremendous foundation for heart-felt worship in this country through the colonial and frontier revivalists. One such movement was led by James McGready and Barton Stone. These men dared to take the gospel outside of the church walls and into the wilderness. The movement they founded became today the Disciples Movement. Curiously, these men had their roots in Presbyterianism.

        In 1800, in Logan County, Kentucky, a new-type revivalist preacher James McGready set the pace for the much needed new format with the first camp meeting. One of McGready's converts, Barton W. Stone, organized in July of 1801, the greatest of all recorded camp meetings. The camp meeting came to be so named because participants had to come from long distances which required overnight camping. Estimates by Barton Stone, Peter Cartwright, and others of the attendance at Cane Ridge have ranged upward from 12,000 to a possible 20,000.[1]

        The message of the gospel which was preached at the camp meetings was a departure from the usual Presbyterian concept of election, and could best be called a modified Calvinism. The forerunner of this type of revival message, McGready, insisted a person could know the time when and the place where he experienced conversion.[2]

        This type of gospel emphasis is what I call active and subjective as compared with classical Calvinism which is conversely, passive and objective.

        McGready's sermons are typical of the frontier preaching: Man is under God's condemnation because of the fall of Adam. He must be regenerated; he must experience a new birth. [3]

Eighteen Presbyterian ministers were present at the Cane Ridge meeting. Denominational boundaries were cast aside as Baptists and Methodists joined in preaching to the crowds; sometimes as many as seven preachers were exhorting simultaneously.[4]

        A sense of awesomeness permeated the meeting, creating a mood of solemnity, but the prevailing mood was often shattered with exhilarated shouts which could be heard for miles. The flickering torch lights cast growing, grotesque shadows in every direction.

"One Sabbath night," said an eyewitness,

"I saw 100 candles burning at once and I saw, I suppose 100 persons at once on the ground, crying for mercy, of all ages from 8 to 60 years."

        Laymen related their experience to private groups with as many as 300 testifying at one time. Hymns were chanted, prayers offered, impassioned appeals made, during which time sobs, shouts, groans, and cries for mercy could be heard on every hand. The preaching, the "Amens," the "Hallelujahs" combined to sound like the "roar of Niagara." [5] [6] [7]  One of the most noteworthy features of this revival were the physical manifestations. These phenomena are not unique in history when you look at the Great Awakening under the preaching of Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield.

        These phenomena can be categorized into six types of physical exercises or manifestations. (see Appendix (i) for details)

One manuscript even documents a case of a woman "singing from deep within her breast," while affected with the neuromuscular exercises described above. The Great (Cane Ridge) Revival of 1801 probably displayed more physical manifestations than any other revival in history. The physical manifestations themselves seem to be a part of this great awakening.

        We can definitely draw three general conclusions:

1) When God moves upon the spirit of man, He also touches his emotions. King Saul prophesied, David danced, Paul was blinded and Jesus wept when touched by the Spirit of the Lord.

2) Satan is a master counterfeiter. We have seen how he tries to counterfeit conversion, even more he tries to counterfeit its emotional reaction. During the Cane Ridge and other camp meetings, Satan tried his degradation by emotional excesses.

3) Modern psychology explains many such reactions in terms of group behavior.[8]

 

SIX TYPES OF PHYSICAL EXERCISES:

THE GREAT CAIN RIDGE REVIVAL OF 1809 "EXERCISES"

 

1) Falling Exercise - The person approaches this exercise being

under deep conviction, then the heart swells, the nerves relax, and in

an instant they become motionless and speechless, the body relaxes

and falls motionless. The person may continue in that state from one

\hour to twenty-four.

 

2) Jerking Exercise - The person affected with this exercise would bounce around like a ball with head, limbs, and trunk shaking "as if they must fly asunder." Sometimes the person would move the

head so violently that the "features of the face could not be

distinguished." [9]   Peter Cartwright recollected that he had seen

more than 500 persons jerking at one time.

 

3) Rolling Exercise - The person affected by this exercise would roll over and over like a wheel.

 

4) Dancing Exercise - The person affected with this exercise really had the jerks in the legs and it took on the appearance of dancing.

 

5) Running Exercise - The person so affected by this exercise was really attempting to run away from the exercise, but was caught up in the exercise while running.

 

6) Barking Exercise - Men went down on all fours and barked until they grew hoarse when this exercise affected them. Actually, the

barks were probably the jerks whose suddenness probably resulted

in grunts which sounded like barks. One punster saw an old

Presbyterian Clergyman so affected who had grabbed a tree for

support and reported he had found the minister "barking up a tree."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 30, 2011

Sheepfold Ministries, Pastor Phil Roland

 

EXPRESSIONS OF WORSHIP

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN GOD IS PRESENT IN CORPORATE WORSHIP

VARIOUS TEXTS

 

WORSHIP - GREEK - PROS-KO-NE-O - Like a dog licking his master's hand; to fawn or crouch to, prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore) 

WORSHIP - HEBREW - SHAW-KHAW - Bow (self) down, crouch, fall down (flat), humbly beseech, do (make) obeisance, do reverence, make to stoop, worship

 

There are many ways listed in the Bible to worship God:

1. FALL ON YOUR FACE BEFORE HIM

            A. Worship Him in your Spirit and in Truth- John 4:23,24

            "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will

            worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such

            to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship

            in spirit and truth."

            B. Give Glory and Offerings with Trembling before Him -  Ps. 96:8-9
            "Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come

            into His courts. 9 Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble

            before Him, all the earth."

 

2. CLAP YOUR  HANDS

            A. Clap your hands in the assembly of God's People - Ps. 47:1a

            "Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples!"

            B. Shout Triumphant Praises to God - Ps. 47:1b      

            "Shout to God with the voice of triumph!"

 

3. LIFT YOUR HANDS IN BLESSING TO GOD

            A. Lift your Hands in the Assembly of God's People - Psalm 134:2

            "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord."

            B. Lift your Hands in Prayer Everywhere - 1 Timothy 2:8
            "I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands,         without wrath and doubting;"

 

4. SHOUT BEFORE THE LORD

            A. David and Israel Shouted for Joy the Ark was Home - 2 Sam. 6:15
            "So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with    shouting and with the sound of the trumpet."

            B. Give Voice to Your Love for God - Psalm 107:2
            "Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the    hand of the enemy"

 

 

EXPRESSIONS OF WORSHIP, cont., p.2

 

5. WORSHIP GOD WITH MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

            A. Praise God with the Trumpet - Psalm 150:3a

            "Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;

            B. Praise God with Stringed Instruments - 150:3b

            "Praise Him with the lute and harp!

            C. Praise God with Tambourine and Dancing - 150:4a

            "Praise Him with the timbrel and dance"

                        1. "Let them praise His Name in the dance." - Ps. 149:3a

                        "Praise Him with the timbrel and dance"

                        2. David Danced before the Lord in Worship - 2 Samuel 6:14

                        "Then David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David

                         was wearing a linen ephod."

            D. Praise God with Stringed Instruments and Flutes - 150:4b

            "Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!"
            E. Praise God with Loud Clashing Cymbals - 150:5

                        "Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!"
            F. Praise God with our Voices - 150:6

            "Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!"

 

6. WORSHIP GOD WITH TOTAL SELF-ABANDONMENT

            A. Completely lose yourself in  the worship of God - Eph. 5:18

            "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled

            with the Spirit."

                        1. Forget what others say or think

                        2. Lose yourself in your Love for God

            B. Early believers were Mistaken for Drunks - Acts 2:15,16

            "These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It's only nine in the morning!

            No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel."

 

7. WORSHIP MAY CAUSE INVOLUNTARY RESPONSES

          A. You may experience Shaking and Trembling - Jere. 5:22b

            "Should you not tremble in my presence?”

                        1. Why not Tremble in Worship?

                        "Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness; tremble before                              Him, all the earth."

                        2. Even the Earth beneath our feet Trembles in His Presence

            B. You may lose your balance and Fall Down - Psalm 19:1
            "The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork."

                        1. Hebrew: KOW-BADE - Weight, Honor, Glory, Splendor

                        2. Paul Fell and had a Vision in the Temple  - Acts 22:17,18          

                        "When I (Paul) returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple,                                     I fell into a trance and saw the Lord."

                        3. Apostle John fell under God's Power - Rev. 1:17

                        "'When I (John) saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead."

           

EXPRESSIONS OF WORSHIP, cont., p.3

 

            C. You could experience Involuntary Holy Laughter - Psalm 126:2,3

            "Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then

            it was said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for them.

            the Lord has done great things and we are filled with joy."

            D. You could begin to Groan over Yourself or Others - Rom. 8:26

            "in the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know

            what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with

            groans that words cannot express."

                        1. Groan over our own sinfulness before God

                        2. Groan over sins of those around us and of the world

                        3. Groan over the sufferings of the helpless

 

 

 

Pastor Phil Roland   <><<


[1] Barrus, Baughn, Campbell, A People Called Cumberland Presbyt., p. 43.

 

[2] Davidson, Presbyterian Church in Kentucky, pp. 136-137.

 

[3] McGready, Posthumous Works, II, pp. 71-82.

 

[4] Rogers, Barton Stone, p. 38.

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[5] Finley, Sketches of Western Methodism, p. 78.

 

[6] Cartwright, Autobiography, p. 36.

 

[7]   Cleveland, The Great Revival in the West, p. 79.

 

[8] Dimension Books, America's Great Revivals, p. 46.

 

[9]  Rogers, Barton Stone, p. 40.