A sermon I presented in the 11/16/08 A.M. assembly at Laurel Canyon.
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This lesson, based on the account of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples (John 13:1-17), encourages us to get our own hands dirty in His service. How can we hope to stand before Him justified with clean hands when His were dirty during His time on the earth in service to others?
We completed a three-part series on worship this past Sunday at Laurel Canyon. In the age of so-called “worship wars,” the answer continues to be “back to the Bible.” That was our goal throughout this series.
Part 1: “Come Into His Presence”: Preparing For Worship
We all know what it means to prepare. Preparation played a vital role in the worship of God’s people in the Old Testament. But what about us? The New Testament contains some spectacular promises and assurances of our identity in Christ. But what is required of us as redeemed children of God under the new covenant of Christ, and what role does preparation continue to play?
Part 2: Scriptural Worship In The Age Of Entertainment
We live in a day and age where emotional stimulation is almost inseparably tied to entertainment. As a result, there are plenty of churches willing to survey their communities and offer whatever will bring in and keep the masses. But where does God’s revelation come in? Should we even be concerned with maintaining Scripture-based worship in the modern age? And if so, how should we go about it?
Part 3: Worship Which Is Worthy
There are many things done in the name of religion that could be described as “good.” But are they also “pleasing to God”? This sermon, using 1 Timothy 2:1-3 as its base, establishes that what we do in the work and worship of our God must not only be “good,” but also “pleasing” to Him. Using that framework as our ultimate standard, this study investigates six characteristics of worship which is worthy.
To God be the glory, great things He hath done.
…WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?
I get asked few questions more in personal Bible studies than that. Thanks be to God for his clear answers and his amazing plan to redeem. He is willing to be gracious even to those of us who previously have been washed in the blood of the Lamb, but have foolishly wandered back into the filth of the world.
The two great commandments. You’ve heard them before.
- Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
- Love your neighbor as yourself.
But what about my “unlovable” neighbor? What about the person I just can’t stand? How do I love my neighbor when loving is hard?
Tomorrow morning, in the first of a three-part Spring Spiritual Checkup, the plan is to take our temperature. Here’s how I’m approaching it.
I have childhood memories of my Dad showing the same kind of image, just on one of those slick, new-fangled overhead projectors. His Dad was fond of colorful bedsheets. I’m wondering how things will be illustrated for my daughters in 25 years.
“With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). But there are certain things that go against our Father’s very nature and integrity — things He refuses to do. Foolishly, at times, we live as if we are expecting the impossible in our relationship with Him. This lesson encourages us in the opposite direction.
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