March 17, 2019

Holy expectancy in worship

Geoff Lanham | Acts 4:23-31 | 2 Chronicles 5:1-14 

A few days before Geoff spoke, a tree came down and crashed through a neighbouring fence. What if God broke through into our worship in a similar way? Do we expect to meet with God in worship, and to be changed as a result? Geoff describes some incidents from his own experience, and encourages us to come to worship with expectation.

Discussion questions can be downloaded here.

Image of a fallen tree

An unexpected breakthrough

On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God... ‘Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.’ After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: ‘He is good; his love endures for ever.’ Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.

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