One Father's Day: Worship That Pleases the Father

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      06/21/20
"Worship That Pleases the Father”*
Amos 5:21-24
INTRODUCTION: Father’s Day is a good time to recognize godly fathers and godly men. Men play such an important role in the lives of their families, society, and the life of the church. The attributes of our Father in heaven should play out in the lives of his people. Men of God should look for ways to please the Father and offer a worship that God accepts. The Book of Amos was written by Amos. It was written sometime before 760 B.C. It was written to the Northern Kingdom of Israel and to Judah. It is written as a rebuke of the lack of justice and righteousness in the land. The people worshiped God, but their lives did not honor God or show concern for others. So, what kind of worship pleases the Father?
Amos 5:21-24 details godly worship and the lives that please the Father.
*God is displeased with meaningless assemblies. “I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies (5:21).
*God is displeased with worthless offerings.Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them” (5:22).
*God does not accept mindless worship.  “Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them” (5:22).
*Worship that only happens externally is not accepted.Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen” (5:23).
*Instead of looking religious and pious, let us do justly and rightly. “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (5:24).
*Let us lend our voice, support, and efforts to the eradication of injustice.
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).
  1. God does not accept their (Israel’s) worship, because it is not from the heart. They had grown complacent and comfortable with their wealth and status. They had begun drifting away from God and were becoming a more pagan nation. There are startling similarities between the church now and Israel then. We cannot be so comfortable in our own positions that we fail to honor God by loving our neighbors as ourselves.
  1. Let us practice being an advocate for the downtrodden and broken-hearted. Specifically, let’s speak out against overt, covert, and systematic racism and oppression aimed at African-Americans and people of color.
  1. Let us no longer be comfortable being indifferent and unbothered by the sin of racism and preferential treatment because God is not unbothered.
  1. Let us honor our One Father by honoring the Imago Dei in each one of us. Basic respect for the dignity and humanity of another is crucial for a follower of Christ.
*This message is part of a united effort on part of the clergy of Alachua County, Florida to preach on a common text dealing with racial reconciliation. This outline was prepared by Dr. Destin Williams of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Gainesville, FL. Any changes that detract from his original message are entirely my responsibility.