Wednesday, March 16, 2005

A Balanced Church Service

Who's  the more  biblical picture of balance?

Arguing doctrine is not the proper order. We know the truth so arguing will not change someone stuck in their own deeply held beliefs. A dead church service is redeemed by the speaking of God's word. There is a trend away from the word and into "worship" music. They say only worship is for God, he already knows the word. What about obedience? He didn't tell us to go unto all the world and teach them to sing and worship, though that is an important part of a service. We are to teach them all things he has spoken. Jesus spoke on hell more than prosperity.  

Mat 28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  

The balance is heartfelt worship AND the whole word of truth...Gary  

Good insights.       I believe that worship is very important to God. Satan desires worship too as you can see in his offer to Jesus( all this I will give to You if you will worship me) Proper worship honors God and it is what helps make the ground of the heart ready receive to receive the Word of God.( seed)     For me; I see worship as multi-faceted....We doing what we are created for... We are confessing the word in it and more. But, if the Word is not preached; I feel slighted. The Word is  important because it is Life. As you said, He gave us our duty: Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the accompanying signs( Mark 16:15,19) He never sent them out and said just sing some songs and it will all work.    

 If we are truly worshiping God. ( and not being caught up in the emotion of things ) If we are truly worshipping; other things are going to fall into place. If we worship; then come out but don't do the will of God; I wonder...What is going on in our heads/spirits?  As I used to hear when I was young in the church...It's not high you jump, but how straight you walk when you come down.      

Today more than ever, Christians need to know the Word. How to live, what we can expect from God, what God expects from us, how to defeat the enemy etc. or as some have called it; our: Instruction Manual for Life. A couple of surveys I came across said that of all those who profess to be Christian; only 10% have read the entire Bible from cover to cover. And then of all those who profess to be Christian, only 9% had a Christian world view; i.e. how they vote, how they see issues like the poor or abortion etc. That is shocking, but it also explains a few things as well.     

My basic premise in the TFTD, (Journal) was that if our time spent in the Word does not lead to deeper relationship with Him, we are missing it. If  our reading and studying makes us think we are smarter than the rest and we become prideful and display our "knowledge" to win arguments; we become like the Pharisees; who knew the written word, but missed recognizing the very Author of it when He was right in front of them.                                                                                                                                                        Your brother in Christ,   Glenn

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