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Healthy Identity – Worshippers

For the next number of weeks, I am going to do a series of articles on the nine targets for a healthy church.  I serve as one of the Zone Leaders for the MBC Resound Network, and in our work of revitalization, we have identified markers that reflect when a church is healthy. There are three categories with three targets in each category.  The first category is Healthy Identity, and the three targets are understanding that as God’s people we are be worshippers, family, and missionaries.  Our first focus will be that of worshipper.  Jesus told the Samaritan woman that God seeks true worshipper who will worship him in spirit and truth (John 4:24). Proper and passionate worship is a target we must pursue as God’s people.  Local churches are created as worshipers of God to reflect His character, gather to worship Him together, and serve Him above all else. They must be centered upon Jesus and the Gospel in all they do, and they are to find their power in the Spirit.  Everything we do is to be done for the glory of God. Our Redeemer is worthy of our highest devotion and best worship.  Therefore, as worshippers we are to regularly gather in order to lovingly express His praise and corporately give thanks for His grace as we proclaim the gospel.  After all, it is the one thing we will be doing throughout eternity (Rev. 7:9-10). – Dr. Gary Mathes