The Heart of Worship

November 13, 2005
Menlo Church

This Sunday morning dialogue between John Ortberg and Dallas Willard explores the heart of worship as it relates to spiritual growth. Discover the depth of living in Christ, the power of confession, and the essence of true worship in this invigorating discussion.

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The Heart of Worship

John Ortberg and Dallas Willard explore the essence of spiritual growth and worship. Join them in uncovering transformative insights into living a life deeply rooted in Christ, the profound power of confession, and the joy of genuine worship. This discussion offers a refreshing perspective on connecting with God beyond traditional practices, inviting you into a journey of intentional faith and abundant living.

The Heart of Worship

Highlights:

  • Transformation Through Discipline: Dallas Willard emphasizes the transformative power of intentionally living in a manner similar to Christ, highlighting how personal transformation is not just possible but achievable by arranging our lives around practices Jesus engaged in to maintain closeness with the Father. This notion deeply influenced John Ortberg and underscores the core message of spiritual growth through disciplined living.
  • Essence of Worship: Dallas describes worship as the deliberate act of turning one's mind to God, recognizing His greatness, goodness, and glory. He points out that worship extends beyond singing or any specific act; it encompasses various expressions of honoring God, from silent reflection to joyful celebration, and underpins a life oriented towards recognizing and ascribing worth to God's character and works.
  • Living in Worship: Worship should not be confined to church activities but should be an atmosphere where one learns to live, constantly reorienting oneself to God amidst life's distractions. This reorientation transforms not just one's spiritual health but every aspect of life, emphasizing worship as a lifestyle rather than a periodic activity.
  • Confession and Forgiveness: Dallas discusses confession as an essential practice for spiritual health, highlighting its role in relinquishing the burden of unconfessed sins and realigning oneself with God. This act of vulnerability and honesty before God is portrayed as a pathway to renewing one's intimacy with Him, shedding pretense, and embracing a posture of humility and dependence.
  • Role of Giving in Worship: Dallas connects giving with worship, framing it as a recognition of God's sufficiency and a participation in His work. Giving emerges as an expression of trust in God's provision and a step into the Kingdom's cycle of abundance.
  • Masters and Discipleship: Dallas invites reflection on the influence of various 'masters' in one's life, advocating for Jesus as the ultimate Master. This relationship with Jesus aligns individuals with the reality of the Kingdom of God, teaching them to live out Kingdom principles such as blessing those who curse us, thereby experiencing and manifesting God's abundance and reality in daily life.