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"He Is Too Narrow"

Saturday, January 14, 2017

“He Is Too Narrow!”

Jarrod Jacobs 

                   The observation is sometimes made about the preacher or teacher that he is “too narrow.” In our culture, absence of conviction is often mistaken for broadness of mind. Roy L. Smith said the following about “broad-mindedness” in religion; it is worth reading. He said:

                   “The preacher is sometimes accused of being narrow-minded because he insists upon the Christian’s forsaking all to follow Christ. Yet, all of life is narrow, and success is to be found only by passing through the narrow gate and the straightened way (Matt. 7:13-14). There is no room for broad-mindedness …

  • … in the chemical laboratory. Water is composed of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. The slightest deviation from that formula is forbidden.
  • … in music. There can only be eight notes in a measure. The skilled director will not permit his first violin to put in even so much as an extra thirty-second note.
  • … in the mathematics classroom. Neither geometry, calculus, nor trigonometry allows for any variation from exact accuracy, even for old time’s sake. The solution of the problem is either right or wrong.
  • … in biology. One varying result out of a thousand experiments will invalidate an entire theory.
  • … on the athletic field. The game is played according to the rules, with no favors shown for charity’s sake.
  • … in the garage. The mechanic there says that the piston rings must fit the cylinder walls within one two-thousandths of an inch. Even between friends there cannot be any variation if the motor is to run smoothly.

“How then shall we expect that broad-mindedness shall rule in the realm of religion and morals?”

Reasons For Worship (#5)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Reasons For Worship

Jarrod Jacobs 

                   Are we worshipping God in the way He wants? What does acceptable worship look like? I hope our series of studies these last few weeks have been helpful to you.

                   As we conclude this study concerning the reasons for our worship to God, I hope we can see why worship is so important to God. When we assemble together to worship, we are not assembling to please men, for free baby-sitting, to meet a date, or for “social hour” (Jn. 4:24; Acts 2:42)! Our worship needs to be taken seriously and reverently because we are assembling to offer our spiritual sacrifices to God Almighty (Heb. 13:15; I Pet. 2:5)!

                   After studying the reasons for worship, may we be humbled and embarrassed by the times we have asked, “Do I have to go?” or, when we offer a multitude of excuses for not assembling to worship the God of Heaven. We need to remember that God is holy and deserving of our worship. Let us examine ourselves and make sure we offer our worship to God in a way that is pleasing to Him (Jn. 4:24). We do this by offering our spiritual sacrifices cheerfully, lovingly, and whole-heartedly; recognizing that we are here to worship the God of the Universe, our Creator, and our Sustainer! (Acts 17:28)

Reasons For Worship (#4)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Reasons For Worship

Jarrod Jacobs 

                   We have been studying about God’s reasons for worshipping Him. As we study this, we understand that God wants us to worship Him in a certain manner. Are we worshipping God in the manner He wants? What does acceptable worship look like? Let us study from John 4 and answer this question.

                   John 4 records the occasion when a Samaritan woman met Jesus at the well where He was resting. When Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman, He told her, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (Jn. 4:24). Christ made it clear that those who are going to worship God, “must” do it in a certain way. Our worship “must” be “in spirit and in truth”, without exception!

                   To worship God “in spirit” means to worship God with the right attitude. To worship God “in truth” means that we worship according to what God has revealed. Notice that God has commanded both in worship to Him! Specifically, every aspect of our worship must be done “in spirit and in truth”, therefore, our singing, our prayers, our preaching, our giving, and our partaking the Lord’s Supper must be done “in spirit and in truth” (Acts 2:42, 20:7; Eph. 5:19; I Cor. 16:1-2). When we understand this, then perhaps we can see why it is so repulsive to God when folks turn aside from His commands to do something that God says is, “vain worship” (Matt. 15:8-9)! Let us learn this lesson well!

Reasons For Worship (#2)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Reasons For Worship

Jarrod Jacobs 

                   Yesterday, we began a study that focused on why God wants men to worship Him. Let us continue this study.

                   Let us remember that our worship to God is just that, it is worship “to God”! If we are guilty of worshipping anyone or anything else, then we are in sin. Worshipping other things besides God is not an unusual thing with man. Jesus condemned the Pharisees and told them their worship was in vain because they had laid aside God’s commands in order to do what they wanted (Matt. 15:8-9). In like manner, we cannot think that we are going to please God in worship if we are not following His prescribed method for worship, as we studied yesterday.

                   Friend, worship has always been something that God mandated. We know this was the case with Cain and Abel (Gen. 4:1-7), and we also see this in the Law of Moses. The books of Exodus and Leviticus describe the way God wanted to be worshipped in those days.

                   In the New Testament, this fact has not changed. God commands our worship be “in spirit and in truth” and offered to Him through preaching, prayer, partaking of the Lord’s Supper, giving of our means, and singing (Acts 2:42; Eph. 5:19; Jn. 4:24). Therefore, our worship is “to God,” for He is the one who told us what He wants! When folks stray from this pattern, their worship is no longer “to God,” but instead is vain!

Spotlight On A Bible Verse: Acts 2:38

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Spotlight On A Bible Verse: Acts 2:38

                   “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” These words were spoken on the day of Pentecost following the Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection. On this day, when the Jews were rightly accused of killing Christ (Acts 2:23), they then asked what they could do (Acts 2:36). Acts 2:38 is the answer to this question, and by extension, the answer to our question when we ask what we must do to be saved from our sins! Have you repented of your sins? Have you been baptized? If not, why not? Repentance and baptism is necessary to remit (forgive) your sins and put you in a right relationship with God. Why are you waiting?

- Jarrod Jacobs

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