REVERENCE IN WORSHIP

INTRODUCTION

Worship is a topic that we all should be vitally interested in.

  1. In the beginning, on the sixth day of creation, God reached down and made man from the dust of the earth. ©
  2. Ever since then man has been reaching upward to God in worship.
  3. The Greeks had a name for man – anthropos, meaning the “upward looking one.” Man was made with the capacity to look upward in worship of God.

David captures the wonderful concept and spirit of worship throughout the book of Psalms, for example:

  1. Psalm 95:1-6
  2. Psalm 96:1-4, note especially verse 9

John 4:20-24

  1. Notice that in these 5 verses the word “worship” is used 10 times (Jesus using 8 of them), and from this we can see this is an important passage in helping us to understand worship.
  2. Understanding God’s view of worship is vital for us to understand for:
  3. Many say, “It doesn’t matter how you worship as long as it comes from the heart.”
  4. Many go to worship “for what they can get”
  5. Worship has become nothing more than entertainment in many congregations
  6. Many hold little reverence in worship

Psalm 89:7

  1. Hebrews 12:28
  2. To reverence God means to respect and honor Him

We must realize that worship is giving – not getting – it is giving to God.

  1. In worshipping God we must do so in “the beauty of holiness”
  2. To help us better understand what reverence in worship is – we need to better understand the meaning of worship ©

DISCUSSION

WORSHIP DEFINED

We have to be careful with definitions, for the Bible deals more in descriptions and demonstrations than definitions.

  1. Our English word “worship” is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word “WORTHSHIP” – thus declaring the worth of God. Notice how this idea is described in …
  2. Revelation 4:11
  3. Revelation 5:12
  4. Worship is ascribing worth to God, and notice that only God is worthy of worship

In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word most often translated as “worship” is SHACHAH which means to “bow down to do homage.”

  1. “…they bowed their heads and worship” (Exo. 4:31)
  2. the people bowed the head and worshipped” (Exo. 12:27)
  3. In this principle REVERENCE is clearly seen 

In the New Testament the key word translated as “worship” is proskunew (proskuneo) which means to “kiss the hand toward” – Carries the idea of reverence

  1. Another word latreuw (latreuo) basically means “to serve or minister
  2. And another is leitourgos (lei/tour/gos) which means “a priestly minister” – an insight into our priestly approach to God… 1 Peter 2:5, 9

As we put all this together, we understand that worship:

  1. Ascribes worth to God
  2. Is to be done in reverence – “Our hearts are to bow down to Him.”
  3. Involves “attitudes” and “actions”
  4. Is a balanced activity involving the mind, the emotions, and the will.

In thinking about God, David wrote “My heart is overflowing” (Psa. 45:1 – NKJ) 

WORSHIP DEPICTED

Exodus 30:34-38

  1. God has always instructed His people how He wanted to be worshipped
  2. Notice that this perfume, actually a sweet-smelling incense was made for GOD ALONE (v. 37). The recipe was not to be duplicated for any man – to do so would cause one to be cut off.
  3. What is the point? The fragrance was for God alone. It rose to God’s nostrils – it was unique for Him
  4. This is a great picture of worship! Our worship rises up to God – it is to be unique, separated, holy, and well pleasing unto HIM.

This is one of the great problems in the church today – many are losing sight of God and focus on themselves and their wants – THEY FAIL TO REVERENCE GOD  

  1. Doing things your own way is not giving God reverence
  2. God can only be reverenced obediently

One of the primary functions of the church is to supply the incentives for worship and to provide the proper environment for worship.

When worship is not the growing experience of Christians – the church could be at fault, or the individual could be at fault.

If the church is at fault, it will eventually perish – unless it remedies the situation

  1. The church must provide reverent and meaningful periods of worship.
  2. The church must make sure that every individual has the opportunity to worship God according to truth
  3. This would include the proper atmosphere, that is, a place of reverence and holiness, and would include actions done according to God’s precepts

If it is the individual’s fault, he will wither away spiritually unless a change is made.

  1. An individual must realize that worship is not something that is done to him, but that which is offered toward God – something to be offered in reverence
  2. Many say, “I just don’t get anything out of worship.” This is because they are putting little or nothing into their worship.

CONCLUSION

It has been said “that worship is the missing jewel of the church”

  1. That sounds very strange when you consider the fact that the church spends so much time in worship
  2. But, QUANTITY is no substitute for QUALITY
  3. And just “going to church” is not the same thing as reverent worship ©

Our challenge, then, is to grow in the worship defined and described in God’s holy word – this will provide true reverence in worship

We need to ask ourselves:

  1. Do I really focus on God – am I reverent toward Him?
  2. Is worship a real priority with me?
  3. Do I faithful attend the services with a true commitment to worship in spirit and truth?
  4. Do I do all I can to make my worship meaningful to God
  5. Do I interfere with other’s worship?

There is a close relationship between salvation, worship and service.

  1. Salvation comes down from God through Jesus for man
  2. Worship rises up to God from man through Jesus
  3. Service goes out to man from man for God

Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
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Once Saved Always Saved?

Tune in tonight to the Harris and Moore Expedition Through the Bible at 6:00pm CST at http://www.harrisandmoore.org. Tonight we will answer the question: “Can a Christian sin so as to be eternally lost?” Some teach “once saved always saved.” Is this what the Bible teaches?
 
You have heard what men have said – now listen to what the Bible has to say.
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THE GOD OF THE PLUMB-LINE

THE GOD OF THE PLUMB-LINE

Amos 7:7-9

INTRODUCTION

Amos 7:7-9

  1. This is the third of five visions Amos saw concerning the judgment of God against Israel.
  2. In this vision Amos sees the Lord standing on a wall – with a plumb-line in His hand
  3. The plumb-line, with a plumb bob on the end of it, is used to determine the vertical perfection of a wall
  4. Since the pull of gravity will stretch the string straight down it is considered to be a perfect vertical standard.

Israel had been formed by the plumb-line of the Lord – His Law – the principles of right by which He had sought to build the nation

Now, with the plumb-line in His hand, the Almighty is going to show how far out of line the nation of Israel had become, how far it is from being upright, and how completely crooked and unbalanced they had become.

The Bible elsewhere emphasizes the importance of straight and solid surfaces

  1. Matthew 7:24-27
  2. A foundation must be firm and stable
  3. As the foundation sags and moves, so does the structure
  4. Notice that the firm foundation comes as we “hear” and “do” the commands of God

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 3:11)

  1. Our foundation will never sag or crack if we build on Jesus – He is the “Chief Cornerstone”
  2. We must use Christ as the point from which we are to plumb
  3. We have the perfect foundation on which to build, but how are we going to build? Will our structure be plumb or out of plumb?

Let us now, with Amos 7:7-9 in mind, notice some ways in which the Almighty is “The God of the Plumb-line

DISCUSSION

GOD EXPECTS EVERY WALL TO BE BUILT BY HIS PLUMB-LINE

  1. We are by our every decision and action, continually building a wall of character
  2. Whether consciously, or not, we are building our wall of character by some kind of standard
  3. Standards by which many build:

1) The rule of pleasure (Lk. 12:13-21)

2) The rule of popular opinion

a) But the Bible says… Exodus 23:2

b) Noah is a good example of not following the popular opinion

3) The rule of certain prejudices (changes views because family is involved)

4) Many others could be given

The only straight and true wall of character occurs when we use God’s rule, God’s standard

  1. The plumb-line, that by which we are to build, is God’s Word – His Plumb-line of Truth
  2. All our thoughts and actions must be measured by God’s word. Not man’s opinions, not man’s wants – but by God’s Plumb-line
  3. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  4. Hebrews 2:1-3

1) God has given us the perfect standard by which to build our wall of character

2) We cannot escape the wrath of the “Inspector” – the Almighty God – if we are not building according to the proper code/standard.

5. 1 Peter 4:11

1) We must build our wall of character after God’s oracles – not man’s

2) Don’t stray away from God’s plumb-line

3) Remember … Proverbs 14:12

The reason there is so much confusion in religion and morality is that people have failed to recognize the one perfect standard – God’s Plumb-line

1) James 1:22-25 is of particular significance

2) There has been too much curiosity about the Bible without corresponding convictions regarding the absoluteness of its precepts

3) What would you think of a mason building a wall and seeing that the wall does not line up with the plumb-line and then just shrugs it off?

4) The same casual attitude is often taken toward the Scriptures

THE PLUMB-LINE EMPHASIZES THAT GOD JUDGES EVERYTHING BY AN EXACT STANDARD

  1. The plumb-line is used in the Scriptures as an illustration of judgment
  2. Isaiah 28:16-17

1) The force of the text must not be missed

2) The plumb-line always hangs straight, and we are going to be judged by the plumb-line

When a mason finds his wall out of plumb, he does not discard the plumb-line – he adjusts the wall!

We should not discard God’s standard, but line ourselves up with it

The judgment of God is always according to truth

Romans 2:2

This truth is revealed in the Bible:

1) John 12:48

2) Revelation 20:12

There will be no partiality shown in the judgment, “For there is no respect of persons with God” (Rom. 2:11).

God will never read the measurements incorrectly

Galatians 6:7-8

So if we are not in line with God’s plumb-line we will not go to heaven

IN BUILDING A WALL IT IS FAR BETTER TO TEST EACH COURSE BY THE PLUMBLINE AS WE BUILD

  1. It would be foolish for a mason to wait until he finishes the wall to check to see if it is plumb
  2. It is just as foolish for us to build our wall of character and never check God’s Plumb-line along the way

2 Corinthians 13:5

  1. Examine yourself
  2. Are you out of plumb?
  3. Are we measuring up to the standard?

1 Corinthians 9:27

  1. Bring our bodies into the subjection of the plumb-line
  2. If we stray away – bring ourselves back in line

2 Timothy 2:15

  1. Study to make sure we are in line
  2. Keep checking ourselves through study

CONCLUSION

In every field of human interest the necessity of a standard is recognized

  1. In Sports there are rules
  2. In science there are exact systems of weights and measurements
  3. The carpenter has his rule and level
  4. The mason has his plumb-line

All need to realize that one can only succeed spiritually with constant use of the plumb-line of God!

 

Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

 

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THE HARRIS AND MOORE EXPEDITION THROUGH THE BIBLE

Join us tonight on The Harris and Moore Expedition Through the Bible as we continue our study on “Why I Am A Member of the church of Christ”

Listen in at www.harrisandmoore.org each Monday at 6:00pm CST

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GOD’S LEDGER OF LIFE

INTRODUCTION

Most of us are familiar with the principle of bookkeeping

  • We have assets and liabilities.
  • When liabilities outweigh assets, we have a problem.
  • Assets and liabilities have a much wider application today

People in a company, or in religion, may be an asset, or a liability.

  • Too many liabilities make it impossible for either to succeed.
  • Daniel 5:27… Belchazzar was a liability
  • Matthew 12:30… the Pharisees were a liability

In similar fashion, there are many in the Lord’s church today who are liabilities to the cause of Christ.

  • Many are hurting or hindering the church
  • It is assets, NOT liabilities that will cause the Lord’s church to flourish

Let us consider the question: Which am I, a liability or an asset to the church? 

DISCUSSION

ARE WE ZEALOUS WORKERS FOR THE LORD OR LUKEWARM CHURCH MEMBERS? 

Asset: Zealous Worker

  • We are an asset to the church if we are willing workers in the kingdom.
  • 2 Corinthians 9:2

We are an asset to the Lord’s church through our zeal for good works for several reasons:

  • We provoke or encourage others to do the sameHebrews 10:24  
  • The Lord’s work is accomplished

 

Notice these biblical examples of zealous workers:

  • Nehemiah 4:21  
  • This occurred because “the people had a mind to work” (Neh. 4:6)
  • Isaiah 62:1 

Liability: Lukewarm Church Member

  • We are a horrible liability to the Lord’s cause if we are lukewarm or halfhearted about the Lord’s work.
  • Notice what the Lord says about lukewarmness… Revelation 3:16  

When we halfheartedly go about doing the work of the Lord we are a liability to the church because:

  • We discourage others
  • We are showing our children the Lord is not all that important
  • The Lord’s work is not accomplished   

 

ARE YOU A LIBERAL GIVER OR ARE YOU COVETOUS? 

Asset: Liberal Giver

  • Romans 12:1
  • The Lord says to “freely give” because you have been given so much (Mt. 10:8).
  • 2 Corinthians 8:1-12

We are an asset when we give liberally because:

  • We have proven that we have given ourselves wholly unto the Lord
  • We help the Lord’s work
  • We show concern for the Lord’s work 

Liability: Covetousness

  • Ephesians 5:5
  • Hebrews 13:5 

We are a liability to the Lord’s cause when we are covetous because:

  • We are robbing God (Mal. 3:8)
  • We are putting what the world has to offer above what God has to offer
  • Our heart is not right before the LorD

 

ARE YOU FAITHFUL OR ARE YOU A FORSAKER?

Asset: Faithful

  • Matthew 25:21
  • Luke 16:10
  • 1 Corinthians 4:2
  • Revelation 2:10

We are an asset to the church if we are faithful because:

  • We will not allow things to go undone
  • We will believe, do and teach that which is in accordance with God’s will
  • We will help the church to grow

Liability: Forsaker

  • Hebrews 10:25
  • 2 Corinthians 4:10

We are a liability to the church if we are a forsaker because:

  • We fail to exhort one another
  • We fail to manifest Jesus in our lives
  • We tear down the church   

 

ARE YOU STUDIOUS OR IGNORANT OF GOD’S WORD? 

Asset: Studious

  • 2 Timothy 2:15
  • 2 Timothy 3:14
  • 1 Timothy 4:13

We are assets to the Lord’s church when we are studious because:

  • We know truth from error
  • We understand what we are to do to be pleasing unto to God
  • God’s word will work in us

Liability: Ignorance

  • 2 Peter 3:5
  • Romans 10:3

We are a liability to the church when we are ignorant of God’s word because:

  • We fail to understand the very basics of Christianity
  • We will be swept into error
  • We will do thing our own way and not the Lord’s
  • We will weaken the church

 

ARE WE AN EXAMPLE OR A REPROACH TO THE CHURCH?

Asset: Example

  • 1 Timothy 4:12
  • Matthew 5:16 

We are an asset to the church if we are a good example because:

  • We encourage others to faithfulness
  • We teach
  • We can win lost souls to Christ

Liability: Reproach

  • Proverbs 14:34
  • When we are a reproach to the church men will “blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called” (Jam. 2:7)

We are a liability to the church if we are reproach because:

  • We lower moral standards in the church and community
  • We set a bad example
  • We cause men to look down on the Lord’s church

 

CONCLUSION

Are you an asset or a liability to the church here?

  • Do you come with a solution or are you part of the problem?
  • Are you oil or sand in the machinery?
  • Are you a green light or a red light?

God keeps the books

  • He makes no mistakes
  • Some day He will demand a reckoning
  • A balance of the books

Will you be one who is found on the right side of the ledger?

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DEALING WITH FALSE TEACHERS

DEALING WITH FALSE TEACHERS

INTRODUCTION
It cannot be truthfully denied that there are false teachers among us – the Bible warns of such:
Acts 20:29-30
1 Timothy 4:1-3
2 Timothy 4:1-4
1 John 4:1
2 Corinthians 2:17… corrupting the word of God *

It is equally clear that these false teachers must be dealt with
False teachers are a source of concern because of God’s view of them
As is clearly taught in Scripture
As will be seen in this lesson

The Psalmist said God hates every false way (Psa. 119:104), for His words are not false (Job 36:4)

Deuteronomy 13:5
An astounding testimony to the Lord’s view of false teachers
We too should take false teaching seriously

DISCUSSION
FALSE TEACHERS MUST BE DEALT WITH
Because they endanger the souls of men
Jeremiah 23:16-17
God had told Israel not to listen to the false prophet
They lie – they do not speak God’s word
But being more concerned with their own wants, they listen to the false prophet and found themselves in captivity
The same can happen to us

Ephesians 4:14
Many are being led away through false teaching
Tossed here and there – unable to be grounded

Ephesians 5:6
False teachers cause souls to become children of disobedience… they deceive
Friends, this brings God’s wrath

Acts 20:29-30
False teachers are as wolves devouring sheep
These false teachers will come from among the flock

Because they endanger their own souls
James 5:19-20
False teachers will lose their souls
We cannot let error slide – souls are at stake

James 3:1
We must be very careful what we teach
Teachers will be judged harsher

Because of their characteristics
Matthew 7:15
Deceitful
Ravening wolves

Acts 20:29
Grievous wolves
Unmerciful

2 Corinthians 11:13
Deceitful workers
They lie

Philippians 3:2
Evil workers
Dogs – Dogs in the east are mostly without masters; they wander at large in the streets and fields, and feed upon rubbish, and even upon corpses – they are considered unclean and contemptible

1 Timothy 6:5
Corrupt in mind
Void of truth

2 Peter 2:14
Misleaders of the unstable
Covetousness drives them

WHAT SHOULD OUR REACTION BE TOWARD FALSE TEACHERS?
1 John 4:1
We are to test every teaching
Check teaching with the word of God

Acts 20:31
Watch and remember warnings
Be alert to what’s going on in the church

Hebrews 13:9
Be careful not to be carried away
Stand your ground on the truth

2 John 10-11
Our association with the false teacher makes us a partaker of his evil
We are to have no fellowship with false teachers

Titus 3:10
To be rejected
A “heretic” is one who holds a fundamental error of doctrine

Ephesians 5:11
Have no fellowship with them
Rebuke their error

Titus 1:13
Rebuke them sharply
Sharply = quickly and plainly

Titus 1:11
Stop their mouths
We cannot put up with false teaching *

IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK AS WE DEAL WITH FALSE TEACHERS
Are we to be mean spirited as we confront the false teacher?
Ephesians 4:15
People do not care how much we know until they know how much we care *

Should we be quick to condemn?
2 Timothy 4:2
We should be patient, while not condoning error *

Are we to judge according to appearance, or hearsay?
John 7:24
Let us be sure we have evidence before we condemn.
If a little bird tells us something, be sure that the little bird is not a “cuckoo.” *

May we rebuke the false teacher without considering ourselves?
Galatians 6:1
Only hypocrites judge without considering themselves
Matthew 7:1-5 *

  1. Should we run roughshod over those in error?
    Titus 3:2
    Would this not also include those in religious error? *

    Should we over look an error for fear of offending someone?
    Matthew 15:13-14
    It is better to hurt one’s feelings than to see that one spend an eternity separated from God. *

CONCLUSION
When we deal with false teachers our attitude toward them must consist of love, long-suffering, righteous judgment, self-examination, gentleness, and a heart free of prejudice

By having the proper attitude we may be able to get the false teacher to see the error of his way.

Remember, that which is false must be dealt with

Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
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DEATH IN THE POT

By Tom Moore

“And Elisha came again to Gilgal. And there was a dearth in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him; and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and boil pottage for the sons of the prophets. And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage; for they knew them not. So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof. But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot” (2 Kgs. 4:38-41). There are many valuable lessons to be learned from this biblical event – let us consider a few.

As there was a famine in land during the days of Elisha, so is there a famine of the word of God in our day. Amos writes, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord Jehovah, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Jehovah. And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east; they shall run to and fro to seek the word of Jehovah, and shall not find it.” (Amos 8:11-12). Friends, such seems to describe our day as well. In many places the word of God is not found. Many of pulpits are preaching more “philosophy” than they are the word of God – that’s a spiritual dearth! Can you hear the prophet’s cry, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6). Will you heed the prophet’s cry? “If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God…” (1 Pt. 4:11).

The world, too, is starving without the gospel message. We need to provide the “bread of life” so the world will not hunger or thirst spiritually (Jn. 6:35). Friends, do you care enough for your family, your friends, and your neighbor down the road to help them in their spiritual famine? Will you be involved in teaching to help stop this terrible spiritual starvation?

But, let us beware lest we be as the servant of 2 Kings 4 and gather wild gourds and poison the pot. Many in our day think they are being fed good spiritual food – but in many places, “there is death in the pot!” There is “death in the pot” because false doctrine is being taught. It is the pure word of God that saves – not the doctrines of men. False doctrine is deadly whether it is a little or a lot. This is why Paul warned that “a little leaven leavens the whole lump” (1 Cor. 5:6). In rat poison, over 99% of the ingredients are good, but it is the other 1% that kills the rat. Friends, spiritually speaking, this is why we need to be concerned that we are true to the teaching of the Bible in every point.

But, consider this about the servant that gathered the poison gourds – he was sincere in what he did but still he poisoned his fellows. The servant “thought” he was doing the right thing, but he was fatally wrong. Many today are sincere in what they believe – but they are sincerely wrong. This is why it is so important that we examine ourselves (2 Cor. 13:5). What we think or what we feel in our hearts is not the test of truth – it is strictly what the Bible says.

We also need to be careful because just as the gourd looked good, and yet, was poisoned, so error can go around disguised as truth. Do you remember the warning of Jesus? – “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves” (Mt. 7:15). Things may not always be as they appear.  Friends, if there is “death in the pot,” then let us use the “meal” of God’s word to remove the poison. Add the “meal” to the pot and “serve it to the people” and you will find nothing “harmful in the pot.” Be careful lest there be death in the pot!

 

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