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Worthless Worship

The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not; They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths. They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them. — Psalm 135:15, 18

Worship is never static. Worship is powerful. It changes a person. You will become like who (or what) you worship.  That is what makes idolatry so dangerous. Idols are dumb, and so are those who worship them.

I read about a four-year old girl in North Wales whose complexion had turned orange. She had been drinking 1.5 liters of Sunny Delight every day. The manufactures admitted consuming large amounts of their product would change the color of a person’s skin. That little girl took on the characteristics of what she was drinking.

As 1 Kings 17:15 says, “they followed vanity, and became vain.”  People will take on the attributes of what, or who, they follow after.  If you follow after Jesus, you will become more like Jesus.  If you follow after material things you become materialistic. If you follow after the world, you will become worldly.  If you follow after the flesh, you become carnal.

“Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners” (1 Cor. 15:33).

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Choose Who To Lose

    No ministry, no matter how diverse, will reach everyone. A church with a “contemporary” style worship service will not draw many people from a traditional style of worship. A church that is “charismatic” will not appeal to someone from a conservative form of worship. A pastor who preaches expository sermons won’t reach as many as those enjoy exhortation type sermons. 

Since no one church can please everyone, a pastor must decide to “choose who to lose.” That is, if he chooses to use only the King James Bible, he has chosen to lose those who prefer other versions. If a pastor chooses to use multiple Bible translations, he’s chosen to lose those who use only the KJV.

We would like to think everyone will love our church, but that is not reality. As soon as a church decides what it believes and where it stands, it has made a choice who it will reach and who it will lose. It may be an unconscious choice, but a choice nevertheless.

But, that’s OK. We live on a big planet with more people than BBC will ever reach in a lifetime. Therefore, if our church cannot reach one particular kind of person, perhaps another church in Port Orchard can reach them. More power to them if they can.

The Apostle John observed, “Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us.” Jesus answered, “Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us” (Luke 9:49-50).  Amen!

The Two Environments of a Christian

Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ… — 1 Thessalonians 1:1

When Paul addressed the Thessalonian Christians, he spoke of them living in TWO locations. Geographically, they were living in Thessalonica on earth. Spiritually, they are “in Christ.”  Paul said in Ephesians 2 we live in the world, but we are also seated “in heavenly place in Christ Jesus.

Christians live in two worlds—A visible world and invisible world—A physical environment on earth and a spiritual environment in the heavenlies.

The sustaining of our spiritual life is similar to that of a whale.  A whale lives in a marine environment.  I live in Washington State, by the Puget Sound.  We are often fortunate to see a pod of Orca whales swim near our city.  It is always an impressive site to behold.

A whale would swim along water’s surface for a while.  Before submerging, it would breathe deeply and exhale by shooting up a spectacular spout then disappear beneath the surface in search of food.  That whale could stay under the water for 10-15 minutes, but must resurface for more oxygen or it would die.

The whale doesn’t know much about the world above the water, since most of it’s existence in spent in the water. Yet, although it knows little about the world above him, it still needs regular contact with it to survive.

This is a great picture of the Christians life. We know relatively little about the heavenly realm above us, since most of our activities concern  things on earth. Yet, we must stay in constant contact with the world above us for spiritual breath to maintain our growth in the Lord. That heavenly contact is made through prayer, worship, and nourishment from God’s Word.

While your citizenship in heaven, you live on earth now.  Therefore, in order to grow spiritually stay in regular contact with your heavenly home and heavenly Father.

SPIRITUAL WORSHIP

Spiritual Worship

I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. —Psalms 138:2

Many churches have a person who is called “the worship leader” (a relatively new position).  He is not the pastor.  Most of the time, he is the song leader.  It is as if the singing is the worship part of a church service and the preaching is something we tag on in the end.   But, in truth, the real worship leader is the pastor who exalts and magnifies the person of God through the preaching God’s Word.

The relegating of preaching the Word to a secondary role in church is the idea of “seeker sensitive” churches.  “Seeker sensitive” churches try to find out what people are seeking from a church, and then “market” their ministry to give the seeker what they want.  Most people don’t want preaching. They want to be entertained.  This “seeker sensitive” mentality of commercially marketing the church to the world is humanistic.

God did not commission the church to go into the world and find out what it wants so we might accommodate them.   We need to find out what God wants and do it.  God commissioned the church to go into the world and give it what it needs—The preaching of the gospel.

As Craig Conner has well said— “We are not about marketing the church. We are to be churching the market!”