Portrait of a Worshiper (B102) ; 8 Credits

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Purpose of Life..............................................................1
The Age-Old Question.........................................................................1
Where Should We Look for Answers?...............................................2
Creation, Not Evolution.......................................................................2
What Does Creation Have to Do with Worship?.............................3
The Word Is the Revelation of God to Man......................................4
The Importance of Reading the Bible and Praying...........................6
Jesus, the Word, Is the Creator of All that exists..............................7
The Two Realms of Creation...............................................................8
The Creator’s Pleasure........................................................................11
The Balance of Nature Is Not the Purpose of Life.........................12
Adult Humans’ Basic Needs.............................................................. 14
The Purpose of Life Is to Bring God Pleasure.................................16
Free Will...............................................................................................17
Natural Creation Functioning as Designed.....................................17
Humanity Must Choose to Function as Designed..........................22
What Is the Purpose of Mankind’s Life?..........................................24
The Pronouncement of “Good” Over Mankind..............................27
God Wants Every Person to Fulfill Their Purpose........................29
Chapter 2: Designed to Fulfill Our Purpose..................................... 31
The Importance of How God Designed Humans.......................... 31
The Design of Humanity................................................................... 31
A Confirmation of this Design..........................................................32
An Anthropological Controversy......................................................33
Another Anthropological Controversy.............................................34
Created in God’s Likeness..................................................................35
Continuing a Previous Controversy Discussion..............................37
Yet Another Anthropological Controversy......................................38
Three Parts of God, Three Parts of Man.........................................39
The Human Soul................................................................................40
Instinctively We Worship................................................................... 41
The Sacrifice of Praise........................................................................44
Worship Is the Expression of Love to God......................................46
Commanded to Worship....................................................................47
The Law of First Mention..................................................................48
The Greatest Commandment and First Mention...........................50
Chapter 3: Salvation to Fulfill Our Purpose.....................................53
Death Through Disobedience...........................................................53
The Redemption Plan.........................................................................55
Redeemed to Fulfill the Purpose.......................................................55
Deliverance from the Power of Darkness.........................................57
A Christian’s Spirit Has Been Delivered..........................................58
The Soul Is in the Process of Being Delivered.................................63
The Spirit Is Our Teacher..................................................................67
A Christian’s Body Is Waiting to be Delivered................................69
The Three Tenses of Salvation’s Deliverance...................................71
Chapter 4: Becoming Aware of Our Three Parts............................73
Discerning Our Spirit.........................................................................73
The Mind Interprets the Leading of the Spirit................................76
Two Biblical Swords............................................................................78
Being Led by the Spirit.......................................................................79
Dividing Ourselves into Two Parts...................................................80
Spiritual Development........................................................................81
Gaining Understanding......................................................................84
The Function of Our Parts in Worship............................................85
Chapter 5: The Spirit’s Function in Worship...................................87
The Spirit Initiates Everything Spiritual.........................................87
The Declaration of Our Worship Relationship..............................89
The Spirit Initiates Our Worship.....................................................92
Thy Will Be Done...............................................................................93
The Spirit of God Is Always Initiating Worship.............................96
Worshiping God 24/7.........................................................................98
Chapter 6: The Body’s Function in Worship..................................101
Our Spirit Needs Our Body to Express Worship.........................101
Body Expression Is Required for Salvation....................................101
God Choses Our Expressions of Worship.....................................103
Jesus Teaches on Worship................................................................104
Discovering Acceptable Expressions of Worship..........................108
What Is True Worship?....................................................................109
What is Worship “In Spirit”............................................................109
What is Worship “In Truth”............................................................112
Conclusions From Our Study on Truth.........................................114
Validating Physical Expressions of Worship..................................115
Biblical Expressions of Worship......................................................117
Nonbiblical Expressions of Worship...............................................122
Chapter 7: Natural & Unnatural Expressions...............................125
God-Given Natural Expressions.....................................................125
Families of Worship Expressions.....................................................128
Categories of Worshipers.................................................................129
The Importance of Our Natural Expression.................................130
Cultural and Traditional Expressions of Worship........................131
Worship Taboos................................................................................134
Responses to Unnatural Expressions of Worship.........................139
Self-Preservation and Worship........................................................140
The Image of Christ..........................................................................144
Which Comes First, Comfort or Commandment?.......................146
Progressive Worship Sacrifices........................................................147
Chapter 8: The Function of the Soul in Worship..........................151
The Human Soul..............................................................................151
Short Circuits.....................................................................................152
Preparing Our Soul to Conduct Our Worship.............................154
God’s Perfect Will.............................................................................156
Our Worship of God Is Our Service to God.................................159
Results of Our Worship....................................................................162
A Definition of Worship..................................................................164
The Soul Conformed to Christ’s Image..........................................164
The Struggle Over Christ’s Image...................................................166
Chapter 9: Understanding Our Soul.................................................169
Natural Understanding.....................................................................169
What Are Our Emotions?................................................................171
The Will Is Chairman of the Board................................................172
The Search Engine............................................................................ 174
The Three Cognitive Functions of the Mind.................................177
What Are Strongholds?....................................................................181
Three Categories of Pleasurable Emotions....................................183
The Three Categories of Warning Emotions................................186
What Should We Think About?....................................................189
The Function of the Mind in Worship...........................................196
Reading Our Emotions.....................................................................201
An Exercise in Reading Your Indicators........................................ 206
Fear, a Unique Emotion................................................................... 208
Anger and Sadness............................................................................209
A Lesson in Processing a Current Event File.................................211
Emotions of Pleasure as Emotions of Warning.............................212
The Will Is the Internal Switch......................................................213
The Dangers of Choosing Not to Worship....................................217

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