* Article was published in the June edition of The Herald; a monthly publication of Green Hill Baptist Church.
“For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and all things in it, since he is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things…” (Acts 17:23-25)
Apart from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, Paul’s sermon on Mars Hill is perhaps one of the greatest sermons ever preached. Entering the city of Athens, Paul began to notice altars and shrines setup for the purpose of worshipping false gods and deities.
Reading this account of Paul’s travels reminded me of places in the world where I have been where the name of Yahweh, the One true God of the Bible, was not revered and worshipped. Paul challenged the people of Athens with a sound, theological, and philosophical argument for not only the existence of God, but that God alone should be proclaimed and worshipped. Paul says, you worship one who you do not know, but let me tell you who alone is worthy of worship. He is the God who created the heavens and the earth.
Athens in Paul’s day looks much like America in our day. There may not be readily visible altars and shrines setup for the purpose of worshipping false gods, but they are there and clearly seen through discerning spiritual eyes. We live in a world where fallen man worships other things rather than the God who created him (Romans 1:18-27).
Indeed, the greatest tragedy and injustice in the world is that man, created in the image of God for the purpose of worshipping Him, willfully chooses to worship something else. Man robs God of the glory that is due Him every time he chooses to bow down and worship the created rather than the Creator.
My desire is that God would continue to grow us in our faith; that we, like Paul, would seek to know Christ better each and every day. Worship is not an event, it’s a lifestyle. God created us for the purpose of knowing Him and worshipping Him, so that we could bring glory to His name.
I’m humbled and honored to be able to worship Him with you. I truly love my church. Looking forward to a great summer worshipping with you!