July 14, 2012 – Sermon on “Worship – an End, not a means” by Josh Cummings

Josh Cumming’s sermon “Worship – an End, not a means” began with a review of the types of ministries in the church and the effect each one has on the believer. He then moved into explaining how all the efforts of the church ministries came to an end when the worship begins. Josh stressed that worship starts in the mind as we know of God and then with emotion, the heart reacts to the realization the mind has of God’s Grace, leading to the conclusion that worship is the end result of the realization that we are sinners.

Josh used the following scriptures:  1 Cor. 1:21, Matt. 15:8-9, Ps. 96:6-8, Ps. 51:17, Ps. 38:18, Ps. 42:1-2, Ps. 73:25-26, Ps. 5:17, Ps. 33:8, Ps. 32:11, and Ps. 42.5

Listen to audio of the sermon here ->  7-14-12 sermon

Josh is a member of the Conroe COG7 and works with the youth and the worship teams among other endeavors. He preaches by request.



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One Response to “July 14, 2012 – Sermon on “Worship – an End, not a means” by Josh Cummings”

  1. Jeff says:

    Hi Josh,
    I want to say that you did a great job and I found the points you made to be well covered and succinct. I think it fair to say that your point of view regarding the worship experience is a bit different than mine. I can flow with the experience while you have to maintain the music and worship at the same time. I would like to hear your views on the next steps in worship. Your sermon took us from the mental understanding of God to the emotional worship of God. The next levels would be within the worship experience. For example, I know when the Spirit is bringing me higher in the worship because I feel the change in my approach to the worship. Like the song says “and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His Glory and Grace”. When the experience changes, I consider that to be the 2nd level. There are other levels, you might say the things of earth get dimmer. For instance, praying the Spirit has a counterpart in worshipping in the Spirit. Things are getting dimmer, by that time the individual is being obscured by the Presence of God. A lot of the time this happens to the whole congregation at the same time.

    Again,I appreciate the sermon and the consideration that went into it.


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