"Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship — and this is what I am going to proclaim to you." (Acts 17:22-23) As the Apostle Paul stood before some of the most educated and intelligent men in the world, he was keenly aware of one glaring fault they had — they were ignorant of the truth about God! Not much has changed in our world. As we continue our study of Why the Bible (Still) Matters, we see today that the Bible is our most complete and truthful source of information about the existence and nature of God. To hear the message, please click the blue button.
We live in a time and place in the world where the influence of the Bible is being increasing trivialized. It is being continuously dissected, analyzed, mocked, parodied, challenged, contradicted and dismissed. Even most of those who still claim to believe it is God’s Word are mostly ignorant of it’s teachings, usually electing to side with popular public sentiment over a plain biblical viewpoint. Therefore, it is important for us to take some time to discuss Why the Bible (Still) Matters. We put the parenthesis in because we know that the Bible once wielded great influence in our nation and culture. Why does it still matter? To hear part one of our study, click on the blue button.
In our final lesson on The Fundamentals of Worship, we want to visit the last book of the Bible, and learn more about worship from the Book of Revelation. Now, normally we think of Revelation just in terms of prophecy, the future and the end of time. You may be amazed at how much it speaks about worship as well! To hear the complete lesson, click on this blue button.
What was the earliest church like? As we read the first 6 chapters of Acts, we encounter some very impressive qualities: devoted, reverent, committed, joyful, prayerful, sacrificial, and worshipful. These qualities show up in the various things the church did, including their worship. Starting in Acts and extending through the rest of the New Testament, we note that the Christians were singing, reading, teaching, praying, celebrating the Supper, and giving to meet needs. This is the pattern we try to replicate in our congregation every week. To hear more about the early church’s worship, click the blue button to listen.
The churches of Christ are part of an ongoing 200 year old historical movement in the United States called the "Restoration Movement." Its goal was (and is) to reproduce a church like the New Testament church. This morning we looking at the worship of the early church. Before we jump into a discussion of its specific practices, we need to consider some fundamentals. This lesson both contrasts and compares worship in the Old Testament Jewish "church" and the New Testament church. To hear more, click the blue button.
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship." (Romans 12:1) A large part of worship in the Old Testament consisted of sacrifices and other offerings. At least eight different Hebrew words are translated by the English words sacrifice and offering. And they appear over 750 times between Genesis and Malachi! Those sacrifices which were for sin were types of the death of Jesus Christ for our sins. But what about all those other offerings and sacrifices — do they have fulfillments in the Christian life as well? Click the blue button to listen to more.
Today we are talking about what happens when we truly worship God. How often folks confuse certain practices or actions with worship… like singing, praying or preaching. Certainly these can be expressions of worship. However, worship is what the heart and mind of the worshiper is expressing toward and about God. To hear all the details, click the blue button.
"In the year that king Uzziah died, I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple." (Isaiah 6:1, KJV) In this second message on The Fundamentals of Worship, we focus on why God is worthy of our worship. In passages such as this one in Isaiah, God is praised as Holy! In the Hebrew language, this word meant "separate, distinct, unique, not ordinary, set apart from all others." It refers to God’s nature as well as His character. To hear more click on the blue button. (We regret that our first lesson in this series was not recorded because of an equipment failure.)
This week we consider one thread of thought we left unfinished in our study of Jeremiah recently. Does God hold nations responsible for their actions? First, we will notice that God has been at work in the government chambers of nations, as evidenced by men like Joseph, Daniel, and Esther. Next we notice that nations were held accountable by God – examples include Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, and the Roman Empire. To hear more, including what this may mean for nations today (including ours), click on the blue button. Image is by Rembrandt.