THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 3-9-14

LESSON TITLE: “GOD’S CHURCH WORSHIPS AS COMMANDED.”

WELCOME

GOOD MORNING! LET ME WELCOME EACH OF YOU TO OUR PROGRAM THIS MORNING. IT IS ALWAYS A PRIVILEGE TO HAVE YOU WITH US TO HEAR THE LIVING WORD OF GOD. WE ARE EXCITED THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO GIVE THIS TIME OF SACRIFICE TO OUR GOD. WON’T YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY THIS MORNING TO GIVE YOUR OWN REVERENCE TO GOD, AS WE TOGETHER OFFER THIS TIME OF WORSHIP TO HIM. MAY ALL THINGS BE DONE, TO GOD, FOR GOD AND UNTO HIS GLORY. LET’S BEGIN OUR OFFERING TO GOD WITH A PRAYER!

PRAYER: DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY BLESSINGS OF LIFE. WE THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO SERVE YOU EACH AND EVERY DAY OF OUR LIVES. FATHER, BE WITH US THIS DAY ON THE LORD'S DAY IN THAT WE MIGHT GIVE YOU OUR VERY BEST AND IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH DO THOSE THINGS THAT LIFT YOU UP ON HIGH AND WHICH GLORIFY YOU FATHER AND PROVE HOW MUCH WE LOVE YOU. FATHER, IN THE END GIVE US OUR REWARD WHEN WE HAVE BEEN FOUND FAITHFUL AND THAT THROUGH YOUR LOVE, GRACE AND MERCY WE MIGHT RECEIVE THOSE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE PROMISED TO THE FAITHFUL. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

WE NOW HAVE THE BLESSED OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN SONGS OF PRAISE TO OUR GOD. SO THIS MORNING WE WANT TO BEGIN WITH A SONG THAT REMINDS ME THAT GOD IS ALWAYS THERE AND THAT WE CAN FULLY TRUST IN HIM, AT ALL TIMES! I HOPE YOU ALL WILL JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, “TIS SO SWEET TO TRUST IN JESUS!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

IN MATTHEW 13:44, THE LORD HIMSELF MADE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT, “…THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE TREASURE HIDDEN IN A FIELD, WHICH A MAN FOUND AND HID; AND FOR JOY OVER IT HE GOES AND SELLS ALL THAT HE HAS AND BUYS THAT FIELD.” WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CONSIDERED HOW VALUABLE AND SPECIAL GOD’S KINGDOM TRULY IS?

I LOVE WHAT JESUS SAID EARLIER ABOUT HIS KINGDOM. NOT ONLY DOES THE BIBLE TELL US THAT JESUS WOULD BUILD HIS KINGDOM AND THAT HE DID BUILD IT, IT FURTHER TELLS US JUST HOW PRECIOUS IT IS AND WHY! LET ME ASK YOU FIRST OF ALL HOW MANY OF US WOULD BE WILLING TO DIE FOR SOMEONE ELSE? NOW LET ME TAKE THAT A STEP FURTHER, HOW MANY OF US WOULD BE WILLING TO DIE FOR SOMEONE WE DON’T LIKE OR WHO DOESN’T LIKE US? WHAT ABOUT YOUR ENEMIES, HOW MANY OF US WOULD BE WILLING TO STEP ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK FOR THEM?

YOU SEE THE REALITY IS, JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOR, WAS WILLING TO DO THIS VERY THING FOR ALL MANKIND. EVEN THOSE WHO REJECTED HIM AND HATED HIM, WERE GIVEN THE BLESSED HOPE OF REDEMPTION THROUGH THE SHEDDING OF HIS BLOOD. BUT WHY DID HE DO IT, BECAUSE HE LOVED US AND CARED ENOUGH FOR US AS HIS CREATION THAT WE BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO CHOOSE RIGHT FROM WRONG. HE WANTED US TO BE TRUE FOLLOWERS, NOT BECAUSE WE HAVE TO, BUT BECAUSE WE WANT TO. ARE WE WILLING TO SERVE OUR GOD OUT OF A TRUE LOVE AND DEVOTION TO HIM AS OUR FATHER ABOVE? SO NOW THAT WE KNOW WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE AND WHY, YOU MIGHT ALSO NOTICE FROM JESUS EARLIER STATEMENT, THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS A VERY VALUABLE THING. BUT JUST HOW VALUABLE DID JESUS SAY THAT IT WAS, SO VALUABLE THAT WHEN THE MAN FOUND IT HE SOLD ALL THAT HE HAD TO BE ABLE TO OBTAIN IT. HOW MANY OF US HAVE BEEN WILLING TO GIVE UP EVERYTHING FOR THE SAKE OF GOD AND HIS KINGDOM? JUST HOW IMPORTANT IS GOD’S KINGDOM TO YOU. HAVE YOU DONE WHAT IT TAKES TO HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED OUT OF DARKNESS AND INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD AS WE READ IN COLOSSIANS 1:13? ARE YOU A PART OF SUCH A PRECIOUS INSTITUTION THAT GOD ESTABLISHED THROUGH HIS SON - IN THAT SOME DAY THIS VERY KINGDOM WILL BE DELIVERED BACK TO HIS FATHER IN HEAVEN, WHEN ALL THINGS HAVE COME TO PASS. HAVE YOU DONE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A PART OF THIS WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY SO RICHLY PROVIDED BY OUR GOD?

AS FAR AS OUR DISCUSSION, WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR STUDY TOGETHER ON JESUS STATEMENT, “UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH.” OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC TODAY WILL COVER, “GOD’S CHURCH WORSHIP’S AS COMMANDED.” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG WE WILL BE LEAD IN OUR LESSON THOUGHTS OF THE MORNING BY OUR GUEST SPEAKER.

AS FAR AS OUR GUEST SPEAKER TODAY, WE ARE HAPPY TO AGAIN HAVE BROTHER JERRY SULLINS WITH US. AS MOST OF YOUR ALREADY KNOW, BROTHER JERRY IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI, HERE IN SPRINGFIELD. WE THANK HIM FOR BEING WITH US AND WE LOOK FORWARD HIM LEADING OUR DISCUSSION FROM GOD WORD AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER. NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE DAY. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “TO CANAAN’S LAND I’M ON MY WAY.”

LESSON

BY JERRY SULLINS

WELCOME AGAIN TO THE LIVING WORD BROADCAST AND WE ARE SO THANKFUL THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN THIS PERIOD OF TIME TO VIEW THIS TELEVISION PROGRAM AND TO LISTEN TO GOD'S WORD SPOKEN TO YOU AND HOPEFULLY AS WE HOPE TO PRESENT IT AS THE LIVING WORD OF GOD, SOMETHING THAT WE MUST KNOW AND SOMETHING THAT WE MUST ADHERE TO OR FOLLOW IF GOD IS GOING TO BE PLEASED. IT IS NECESSARY THAT WE KNOW HIS WILL AND BECAUSE OF THAT FOR THE PAST 35 YEARS OR MORE THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN AIRED SO THAT THOSE WHO WATCH THIS PROGRAM MAY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO KNOW WHAT GOD'S WILL IS FOR THEM AS THEY THINK ABOUT THOSE THINGS THAT ARE RELIGIOUS. AS JESUS SAID NOT EVERYONE THAT SAITH UNTO ME LORD LORD SHALL ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN BUT HE THAT KNOWS OR HE THAT UNDERSTANDS. THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT WORDS THAT COULD EXPLAIN THE TEXT OF THE WILL OF GOD. WE MUST KNOW AND WE MUST ABIDE BY AND DO THE WILL OF GOD.

FOR THE PAST FEW WEEKS, WE HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING A STATEMENT THAT JESUS MADE IN MATTHEW 16:18, WHERE HE TOLD PETER, SPEAKING BASICALLY OF THE CONFESSION THAT PETER HAD MADE, “UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH AND THE GATES OF HADES SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT.” JESUS BUILT HIS CHURCH SO NOW THE QUESTION IS, AND AS WE NOW KNOW THAT THE CHURCH IS HIS BODY WHICH WE AS BAPTIZED BELIEVERS ARE PART OF HIS BODY, IF HE BUILT HIS CHURCH WOULD HE NOT HAVE LEFT SOME INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CHURCH TO FOLLOW? INDEED HE DID, FOR AS WE RECOGNIZE AS JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES WHO WOULD BECOME APOSTLES IN JOHN 16:13, HOW BE IT WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT IS COME HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH. IN JOHN 17:17 IT SAYS TO SANCTIFY THEM IN THY TRUTH THAT WORDS ARE TRUTH. IT WAS THE PROMISE OF JESUS HIMSELF TO HIS APOSTLES THAT HE WOULD SEND THEM OUT INTO THE WORLD AND HE WOULD SEND THEM WITH A GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT WOULD ALLOW THEM TO KNOW AND TO BE ABLE TO TEACH AND TO PREACH THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD. AS WE LOOK AT THE NEW TESTAMENT AND AS WE SEE IT AS IT IS IN OUR BIBLE TODAY, WE KNOW THAT AS WE LOOK INTO THOSE PAGES OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, ESPECIALLY FROM ACTS THROUGH REVELATION, THAT JESUS AND OUR GOD IN HEAVEN THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS LEFT US INSTRUCTIONS AS TO HOW THE CHURCH SHOULD BE. NOW WE HAVE DISCUSSED MANY FACETS OF THAT, BUT THIS MORNING I WOULD LIKE FOR US TO CONSIDER WHAT JESUS HAS LEFT US CONCERNING WORSHIP. HOW ARE WE TO WORSHIP GOD? WE KNOW IN THE STATEMENT THAT JESUS MADE IN JOHN 4:24 WHERE HE SAID CONCERNING RELIGION THAT IT IS NECESSARY FOR US TO UNDERSTAND THAT WORSHIP IS SOMETHING THAT HE EXPECTS, “GOD IS A SPIRIT AND THEY THAT WORSHIP HIM MUST WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.” WHAT IS THAT TRUTH? IT IS THE TRUTH THAT JESUS SAID HE WOULD GUIDE HIS APOSTLES IN THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT TO TEACH TO THE CHURCH. THAT TRUTH CONCERNING ALL MATTERS THAT PERTAIN UNTO LIFE IN GODLINESS. THAT TRUTH THAT, AS PAUL MENTIONED IN COLOSSIANS 3:17, WHERE HE MADE MENTION THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT WE DO EVERYTHING AND ALL THAT WE SAY AND DO SHOULD BE DONE BY THE AUTHORITY OF JESUS CHRIST. SO THAT WOULD INCLUDE WORSHIP FOR GOD HAS NEVER LEFT MAN. IN ANY AGE OF MAN AS WE LOOK THROUGHOUT THE SCRIPTURE, HE HAS NEVER LEFT MAN WITHOUT SOME WORDS, SOME CONCEPTS, COMMANDS, AND RESPONSIBILITIES THAT MAN HAS TOWARD WORSHIPING HIM. SO WHEN JESUS SAID IN JOHN 4:24 THAT GOD IS SPIRIT AND THEY THAT WORSHIP HIM MUST WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH. THAT MEANS WE MUST WORSHIP WITH THE PROPER SPIRIT WITHIN AND WE MUST WORSHIP IN TRUTH. TRUTH MEANS THOSE THINGS THAT GOD HAS PROVIDED US THROUGH THE APOSTLE'S DIRECTIONS THAT WE MUST FOLLOW IN ORDER THAT WE WORSHIP HIM.

NOW, AS WE LOOK AROUND AT THE RELIGIOUS WORLD TODAY WE SEEM TO BE VERY CONFUSED ABOUT HOW GOD WANTS US TO WORSHIP HIM. IN THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST THERE IS NO CONFUSION FOR WE LOOK TO THE SCRIPTURE FOR THOSE PRINCIPLES THAT WILL GUIDE US IN HOW WE ARE TO WORSHIP GOD. IN SOME CHURCHES TODAY YOU CAN WALK INTO THOSE ASSEMBLIES THAT ARE REFERRING TO WORSHIPING GOD AND YOU CAN SEE THE VERY SAME THING GOING ON AND THE VERY SAME TUNES BEING PLAYED AND THE VERY ACTIONS THAT ARE TAKEN THAT YOU COULD SEE IN MANY SECULAR EVENTS IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY. IN FACT, EVEN SOME PLACES SUCH AS A BAR AND OTHER PLACES. PEOPLE HAVE LOST THE CONCEPT THAT GOD IS SPIRIT AND THEY THAT WORSHIP HIM MUST WORSHIP HIM IN TRUTH. SO FOR THAT REASON THERE IS A LOT OF CONFUSION IN THIS WORLD TODAY. JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN BAKE CAKES WELL DOESN'T MEAN THAT'S WHAT YOU PRESENT TO GOD IN A FORMAL WORSHIP. YOUR ABILITY TO BAKE CAKES OR LIFT WEIGHTS OR MAYBE TO PLAY INSTRUMENTS OF MUSIC, ROCK 'N ROLL AND ALL TYPES OF MODERN MUSIC, WHICH IS NOT AUTHORIZED BY GOD, ESPECIALLY THOSE THINGS THAT PERTAIN TO INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC. THERE IS NO AUTHORITY FOR SUCH THINGS IN WORSHIP TO GOD TODAY. WELL, IT WAS PROPOSED BY PAUL WHEN HE SPOKE TO TIMOTHY IN FIRST TIMOTHY CHAPTER 4 VERSE ONE THAT THE SPIRIT SPEAKS EXPRESSLY THAT IN THE LATTER TIMES SOME SHALL DEPART FROM THE FAITH GIVING HEED TO SEDUCING SPIRITS, SPEAKING LIES AND HYPOCRISY, AND HAVING THEIR CONSCIENCE SEARED WITH A HOT IRON. FOR THAT REASON, WE SEE EVEN IN THE TIMES OF THE NEW TESTAMENT THAT MANY PEOPLE WERE BEING WARNED THAT THERE WILL BE PEOPLE WHO COME TO YOU AND WILL SAY THIS IS OF GOD, WHEN REALLY IT IS NOT OF GOD. IT IS OF MAN. DO YOU NOT SEEK TO DO WHAT GOD AUTHORIZES IN YOUR WORSHIP TO HIM TODAY? IF NOT, WHY NOT? WHY WOULD YOU ALLOW SOME MAN TO LEAD YOU IN SOME FORM OF WORSHIP THAT GOD IS DISPLEASED WITH?

WE KNOW THAT THERE IS EXAMPLE AFTER EXAMPLE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND EVEN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT WHERE PEOPLE FAILED TO WORSHIP GOD. IN THE OLD TESTAMENT SOME DIED BECAUSE OF THEIR LACK TO WORSHIP HIM AS THEY SHOULD HAVE WORSHIPED HIM IN PROPER SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH. REMEMBER NADAB AND ABIHU? CERTAINLY YOU MIGHT REMEMBER THOSE PEOPLE. THOSE PRIESTS WHO OFFERED STRANGE FIRE UNTO THE LORD AND THE LORD CONSUMED THEM WITH FIRE FROM HEAVEN. WHAT A TRAGIC THING IN SOME WAYS, BUT IN ANOTHER WAY, IT SHOWS US THAT GOD EXPECTS US TO WORSHIP HIM ACCORDING TO HIS PLAN. PEOPLE HAVE ALWAYS DESIRED TO CHANGE AND SO FROM 30 YEARS OR 40 YEARS OR 50 YEARS AGO YOU WILL NOT SEE THE SAME THINGS IN MANY DENOMINATIONS TODAY. YOU WOULD NOT SEE THE SAME THINGS OCCURRING IN WORSHIP TO GOD BECAUSE THEY WERE WHAT? AN ABOMINATION BEFORE GOD BECAUSE GOD DOES NOT RESPECT SUCH WORSHIP BECAUSE IT IS NOT OF HIM. IT IS OF MAN AND SO IS THE COURSE OF MANKIND. WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? THE INFLUENCE OF SECULARISM INTO OUR WORSHIP THE DESIRE TO CHANGE, NO MATTER WHAT IT MEANS AND NO MATTER WHAT GOD'S WORD SAYS. I'VE HEARD PEOPLE SAY THAT WAS FOR THOSE PEOPLE BACK THEN, BUT WE ARE CHANGING TODAY BECAUSE WE'RE NOT THE SAME. MAN HAS NOT CHANGED. PEOPLE HAVE NOT CHANGED. GOD'S WILL HAS NOT CHANGED SINCE 2000 YEARS AGO SINCE IT WAS GIVEN TO US. THOSE PRINCIPLES AND CONCEPTS AND PRECEPTS WERE WRITTEN TO US IN HIS HOLY WORD. ALL WORSHIP MUST BE UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF GOD. WAS IT NOT JEREMIAH WHO SAID A LONG TIME AGO IN JEREMIAH 10:23 THERE IS A WAY THAT SEEMS RIGHT TO A MAN BUT THE END THEREOF IS THE WAY OF DEATH. HAS GOD NOT PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET? HEBREWS 2:8. IS HE NOT THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH? EPHESIANS 1:20-23. MUST WE NOT DO EVERYTHING BY AND THROUGH HIS AUTHORITY IN WORD OR DEED TO BE ACCEPTABLE TO GOD? CERTAINLY THAT IS TRUE AS WE HAVE ALREADY MENTIONED FROM COLOSSIANS 3:17. SO AS WE LOOK AT THE SIMPLE PAGES OF GOD'S WORD, SIMPLE UNDERSTANDING WILL CAUSE US TO UNDERSTAND THAT IF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH WORSHIPED IN A CERTAIN WAY THEN WE OUGHT TO WORSHIP THAT WAY. SO WHAT DO WE SEE AUTHORIZED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT? THE BIBLE DECLARES THAT GOD IS TO BE WORSHIPED BUT SOME PEOPLE DON'T EVEN EVIDENTLY FEEL THAT WAY, FOR THEY NEVER WORSHIP HIM. THEY NEVER GO AND ASSEMBLE WITH THE SAINTS. SUCH WAS THE WARNING IN HEBREW 10:25. FORSAKE NOT THE ASSEMBLY OF YOURSELVES TOGETHER AS A MATTER OF SOME IS, BUT EXHORTING ONE ANOTHER SO MUCH MORE AS YOU SEE THE DAY APPROACHING. IT IS WRONG TO FORSAKE THE ASSEMBLING OF THE SAINTS, TO FAIL TO WORSHIP GOD, BECAUSE GOD IS SPIRIT AND HE EXPECTS THOSE WHO LOVE HIM TO WORSHIP HIM. THEY MUST WORSHIP HIM, AS JESUS SAID FROM HIS OWN LIPS IN JOHN 4:24. THEY MUST WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH. SO AS WE LOOK SIMPLY INTO THE PAGES OF GOD'S WORD, HOW DOES GOD DESIRE THAT WE WORSHIP HIM? WELL, IT'S THROUGH SPEAKING AND TEACHING. ACTS 2:42 SAYS THEY CONTINUED STEADFASTLY IN THE APOSTLE'S DOCTRINE. WE NOTICE AS PAUL AND THE APOSTLES WENT OUT THROUGH ASIA MINOR AND THROUGH JERUSALEM, JUDEA AND SAMARIA, THOSE APOSTLES AND THOSE HOLY MEN OF GOD WENT ABOUT AND THEY WOULD CALL FOR WORSHIP ASSEMBLIES. WHEN THEY CAME TOGETHER TO WORSHIP GOD, THE GOSPEL WOULD BE PROCLAIMED AND THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD WOULD BE SPOKEN. FOR INSTANCE, IN ACTS CHAPTER 20:7 WE SEE THAT PAUL WAS THERE WITH THE SAINTS IN TROAZ AND HE WAS GOING TO PREACH TO THEM. HE WAS GOING TO TEACH THEM BECAUSE THERE WAS NOT ANYTHING CALLED A BIBLE AS SUCH. THERE WERE SOME SCROLLS AND PARCHMENTS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT BUT THE WILL OF GOD WAS BEING GIVEN THROUGH THE APOSTLES TO THE CHURCH THROUGH THESE HOLY MEN. THEY WERE CALLED APOSTLES AND THEY WERE GIVEN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE POWER OF PROPHECY TO SPEAK TO THE PEOPLE. SO WHAT WERE THEY SUPPOSED TO DO? THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO PREACH AND THIS IS A PART OF WORSHIP TO GOD. IT IS A PART OF WORSHIP TO GOD TODAY WHEN WE HEAR HIS WORD PROCLAIMED AND WHEN WE RESPECT AND LOVE HIS WORD.

SINGING WAS ANOTHER PART OF WORSHIP. SINGING AND MAKING MELODY IN OUR HEARTS. SPEAKING TO ONE ANOTHER IN PSALMS AND HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS, SINGING AND MAKING MELODY IN OUR HEARTS UNTO THE LORD, EPHESIANS 5:19. NOT MANY PEOPLE QUESTION THAT SO WHY IS IT YOU DO NOT USE INSTRUMENTS OF WORSHIP TO GOD? BY THE WAY, THERE ARE MANY RELIGIOUS GROUPS WHO DO NOT USE INSTRUMENTS OF MUSIC IN WORSHIP TO GOD OTHER THAN THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST. WHY DO THEY NOT DO THAT? BECAUSE THERE IS NO AUTHORITY. THE BIBLE DOES NOT AUTHORIZE BUT WHAT IT DOES NOT SAY. SOME PEOPLE SAY WELL, IT DOESN'T SAY DON'T DO IT. WELL, THE BIBLE DOESN'T SAY DON'T DO A LOT OF THINGS BUT WE KNOW THROUGH THE PRINCIPLES THAT ARE TAUGHT BECAUSE THE BIBLE TEACHES AND AUTHORIZES BY WHAT IT SAYS. SINGING IS WHAT WE DO WHEN WE WORSHIP GOD.

THERE IS PRAYING, ACTS CHAPTER 2:42. THEY CONTINUED STEADFASTLY IN THE APOSTLES DOCTRINE IN THE BREAKING OF BREAD AND IN PRAYERS, FELLOWSHIP AND PRAYERS. IN THOSE ASSEMBLIES PEOPLE WOULD COME TOGETHER AND THEY WOULD PRAY EARNESTLY BEFORE GOD. WELL, WHY NOT? WHY WOULD THAT NOT BE A TIME WHEN WE COULD WORSHIP GOD? IN FACT, WE SEE THAT AS A PART OF NEW TESTAMENT WORSHIP. PEOPLE WOULD LIFT UP THEIR VOICES AND THEY WOULD ADORE GOD. THEY WOULD GIVE ADORATION TO GOD IN EVERY WAY. THEY WOULD APPROACH GOD'S THRONE IN GIVING THANKS TO HIM FOR THINGS. THIS IS JUST A PART OF WORSHIP AND I DON'T BELIEVE ANYONE WOULD ARGUE OVER THAT FACT. PRAYER IS SO IMPORTANT IN OUR WORSHIP TO GOD AND IT IS AUTHORIZED.

THE PARTAKING OF THE LORD'S SUPPER, ACTS 20:7 AND IN 1CORINTHIANS 11. IN MANY PLACES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, LIKE MATTHEW CHAPTER 26 WHERE THE LORD'S SUPPER WAS INSTITUTED, WE SEE THAT THE APOSTLES WERE DIRECTING THE EARLY CHURCH IN THE PARTAKING OF THE LORD'S SUPPER EVERY FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK. THOSE WHO ARE FAITHFUL TO GOD'S WORD SEE THAT THE LORD'S SUPPER WAS TAKEN BY THE EARLY CHURCH WHEN THEY WERE ASSEMBLED TOGETHER ON THE LORD'S DAY, WHICH IS SUNDAY. THEY DID THIS IN COMMEMORATION AND MEMORIAL OF JESUS'S DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION. WE OBSERVE THE LORD'S SUPPER BECAUSE IT IS AUTHORIZED. AND THEN GIVING. WHO WOULD SAY IT IS WRONG TO GIVE AS WE WORSHIP GOD? IN FACT, WE SEE IN FIRST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 16 VERSUS ONE AND TWO, THAT WHEN THEY ASSEMBLED TOGETHER THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO GIVE AS THEY HAD PURPOSED IN THEIR HEARTS. SO MANY DIRECTIONS WERE GIVEN THERE IN THE BOOK OF 1CORINTHIANS 16 AND ALSO 2CORINTHIANS 9, AS THEY HAD PLANNED AND PURPOSED IN THEIR HEARTS THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO GIVE OUT OF A CHEERFUL HEART. MY FRIEND, THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT WE CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT GOD'S WILL IS FOR US IN WORSHIP.

THOSE FIVE ITEMS OF WORSHIP IS ALL WE SEE AUTHORIZED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. THE WASHING OF FEET, THE CLAPPING OF HANDS, AND SO MANY OTHER THINGS LIKE THE BURNING OF CANDLES OR WHATEVER, ARE NOT AUTHORIZED IN GOD'S WORD. PAUL SIMPLY SAID THIS IN 1CORINTHIANS 14:40, WE SHOULD DO EVERYTHING THAT WE DO IN WORSHIP DECENTLY AND IN ORDER. DECENTLY MEANS ACCORDING TO GOD'S STANDARD. IN ORDER MEANS ACCORDING TO THE ESTABLISHED ARRANGEMENT WHICH WAS WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. TO DO WHAT? TO MAKE SURE THAT WORSHIP WAS DONE PROPERLY ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD.

NOW THE QUESTION THAT YOU NEED TO ASK YOURSELF IS ARE YOU WORSHIPING WHERE YOU CAN WORSHIP AS GOD HAS DIRECTED? IS THAT NOT IMPORTANT? WE SEE WHAT HAPPENED TO PEOPLE WHO DID NOT WORSHIP GOD PROPERLY THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE IN THE STORIES THAT ARE GIVEN. IS IT NOT IMPORTANT THAT WE WORSHIP GOD AS WE SHOULD WORSHIP HIM? THERE'S AN OLD STATEMENT AROUND THAT SAYS THIS, “WE SPEAK WHEN THE BIBLE SPEAKS, WE ARE SILENT WHEN THE BIBLE IS SILENT.” NOW YOU HAVE HEARD THIS MORNING WHAT THE BIBLE HAS TO SAY CONCERNING WORSHIP. THE ONLY THING YOU NEED TO DETERMINE IN YOUR LIFE IS IF YOU'RE GOING TO HONOR AND RESPECT GOD ACCORDING TO HIS WILL AND HOW HE DESIRES THAT YOU WORSHIP HIM OR HOW YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO WORSHIP HIM. AS I STAND BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD SOME DAY, I WANT TO BE ABLE TO SAY I HAVE WORSHIPED YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL AND ACCORDING TO YOUR STANDARD AND NOT ACCORDING TO MY WILL. I RESPECT WHAT YOU TOLD THE APOSTLES AS THEY DIRECTED THE EARLY CHURCH AND I WANT TO DO THAT SO THAT I CAN STAND HERE AND JUST BEFORE YOUR SIGHT AND HAVE THAT ETERNAL HOME. NOW THE DECISION IS YOURS. WILL YOU MAKE THAT DECISION TO GO SOMEWHERE WHERE YOU CAN WORSHIP GOD IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH? YOU CAN AT KANSAS EXPRESSWAY CHURCH OF CHRIST AND WE HOPE YOU WILL COME AND VISIT WITH US.

CLOSING COMMENTS

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY, IN GIVING THIS TIME TO GOD. I HOPE OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND BLESSING TO ALL OF US. WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS SERVICE OF GOD!

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