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Guest Speaker: John Tierney

This week we invite John Tierney to deliver the message that God has given to him for us.

Hindrances to Worship

Romans 1:18-23

We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can download our service on iTunes or tune in for “The Good Word” each day on AM 1230 WSAL or on Hoosier Country  103.7 FM just after 8am. I have learned there is a “boat load” of excuses but very few reasons a person who calls themselves a Christian wouldn’t want – even anticipate – worship on Sunday morning. However, it is possible that a Christian is truly struggling in their attitude toward worship, not just on Sunday morning, but every day of the week. I want to share with you a few hindrances or barriers that could be working against you to keep you from having a proper heart and attitude toward this high in holy privilege called worship! Let’s start with:

  1. WRONG RITUALS. Read 1 Sam. 15:22; Isaiah 1:13; Ezek. 33:31; and 2 Tim. 3:5. teaches, Today we might say the common theme among these verses is – going to church to go through the motions; or going to church for the sake of being seen at church. One writer says, everywhere in the OT sacrifice is a part of obedience to God; but nowhere in the OT does God ever intend for sacrifice to be a substitute for obedience. Another way we might say that same thing today is: nowhere in all of Scripture does God ever intend for “going to church” to be a substitute for true worship. What causes a person to substitute ritual for worship? One answer might be:
  2. WRONG REASONING! 2 Tim. 3:1-9. The NIV uses the word “mark;” and the ESV uses the word “understand;” the NASB uses the word “realize.” Paul actually used the Greek word “gnoske” which means “to know with certainty.” Today we might say, “this is the truth,” or we might say, “know this for certain.” And what is it Paul wants Timothy to know for certain? It’s the rest of v. 1. In the last days there will be terrible times. If you’re using the ESV and you don’t think it’s a sin to write in your Bible, put in your margin by the word difficulty – perilous or terrible. The word difficulty just does not convey the full meaning and impact of perilous or terrible state of affairs. A great number of the people described in those 6 verses go to churches of all kinds – from the most fundamental and conservative to the most liberal! But the one thing they all have in common is they go for the wrong reasons. They go to be seen and to go through those wrong rituals. The only person those people have worshiped is themselves thinking what good Christians they are because they went to church. Another hindrance to worship is:
  3. WRONG RELATIONSHIPS! 29:13. One hindrance to true worship is a wrong relationship to God! Read Isa. 29:13 and Matt. 15 and Mk. 7 where Jesus is quoting this passage. The obvious point that both Isaiah and the Lord are making is that a superficial, shallow, or purely physical knowledge of the Lord is not a relationship to/with Him. People who “know the lingo” or we might say, “talk a good fight” do not – in fact cannot – worship the Lord in spirit and in truth! The reason is they don’t have a relationship with God as one of His redeemed children. Read Mt. 5:23, 24. Sometimes our worship is hindered by wrong relationships to others. Nowhere does Scripture teach we are to isolate ourselves from the ungodly and unsaved because they are ungodly and unsaved! Scripture does, however, teach throughout that true men and women of God are supposed to, and will, separate themselves from the ungodly talk and activities and lifestyle of those who are ungodly and unsaved. We are to be separated from all ungodliness and sinful behavior, but we are not to ignore the people themselves.

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A Christian’s Attitude Toward Worship (Part 2)

Psalm 84:1-12

We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can download our service on iTunes or tune in for “The Good Word” each day on AM 1230 WSAL or on Hoosier Country  103.7 FM just after 8am. Last week we began our study in this Ps. where David expresses his intense desire to meet with God in His Temple and worship Him as the God of creation. We learned that David’s desire to worship consumed his life. He says in verse 2, “my soul longs yes, faints for the courts of the Lord.” We also learned that because of David’s intense desire to worship, God then developed him into a man after God’s own heart! Let’s turn our attention now to the last half of this great Psalm of worship. Let’s begin with:    

  1. DESIRE DURING WORSHIP 8-9. The Ps. begins with an intense desire to worship; now we’ll turn our attention to the proper desire during worship. Everyone comes to worship for a particular reason. The true man or woman of God desires to encounter God personally during worship. For others to desire is nothing more than to be seen. Notice first there is the desire for an audience with God. The whole attitude of these two verses reveals to us David’s humility and submission before God. David asks God to “hear my prayer; give ear, look on the face of your anointed.” All those phrases are requests of a servant or slave to their master asking the master to take notice of the servant. In the context of the whole Psalm David wants God to know that he (David) is grateful, and humbled that God would allow him, a sinful man, to come before a Holy God in personal worship. Is that how you view this time? David not only desires an audience with God, he so desires acceptance by God. If we were to read the hundreds of verses throughout Scripture that teach us we are in fact, accepted by God – we would continue to see that to be accepted by God we must be saved, and living a godly life and lifestyle every day. One of the most important truths we must remember about our relationship to God is that it is founded on and grounded in the perfect, holy righteousness of Christ alone! So as you have kept your appointment with God this morning, do you have in the depths of your heart the assurance that right now where you are as you are, you are accepted by your Heavenly Father? Finally, notice in V. 9 David prays that God will be aware of David’s presence in the Temple. David understood of course there was nowhere in all of creation he could escape from the presence of God. David writes in Psalm 139 exactly that! In light of our salvation we must live with an intense desire to meet with God in worship all day every day and to meet with him in corporate worship every Lord’s day. Now let’s see David’s
  2. DELIGHT IN THE TEMPLE 10-12. To even a casual student of the Word these are familiar verses. David shares 3 truths with us that reveal the delight that David experienced because of his intense desire to worship God in His Temple. In verse 10 a comparison is made. 1st - notice how short, is the period spent in the Temple – just one day; compared to a 1,000 elsewhere. In the second comparison notice the place in the Temple; David would rather be a doorkeeper, a menial task for one who stood only at the entrance to the Temple without actually being admitted; rather than to dwell, or live, in the tents of ungodliness and wickedness. In v. 11 we see God’s completeness manifested. Notice David tells us the LORD God is a sun- or a source of light to help us find our way through the dark world of sin. John tells us in the first chapter of his gospel, “Jesus was the life, and the life was the light of men.” To the true man or woman of God, He is not just sun and light, He is a shield to go before them and prepare their way protecting them from the destruction their enemy the devil wants to inflict upon them.

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A Christian’s Attitude Toward Worship (Part 1)

Psalm 84:1-7

We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can download our service on iTunes or tune in for “The Good Word” each day on AM 1230 WSAL or on Hoosier Country  103.7 FM just after 8am. In 1 Sam. 13 David is referred to as “a man after God’s own heart.” If God were to give you a “nickname” what do you think that name might be? Psalm 84 is one of many that helps us understand why God called David “a man after His own heart.” Did you know that everywhere throughout Scripture God commands that His people regularly participate in public, corporate worship. Ex. 20:8 “remember the Sabbath day, by keeping it holy.”(ESV). One of the saddest commentaries on the 21st century Church is that she has lost her delight, awe, and desire for true Biblical worship lifted heavenward as a sweet smelling savor to the God who purchased her with His own precious blood. This Psalm offers us some insight into a proper attitude for Biblical worship. Notice David’s

  1. DESIRE FOR THE WORSHIP! 1-4. Once in a while I ask the question, when you wake up on Sunday morning what is your attitude toward getting ready and coming to worship? Now let me ask you that same question in a little bit different way; when you wake up – every day – what is your attitude toward worship to God throughout every day? It is the idea, concept, or philosophy of this all- encompassing attitude of worship David is addressing here. Look again at v. 2. David says “my soul, my heart, and flesh.” It is the idea, concept, or philosophy of this all- encompassing attitude of worship David is addressing here. Look again at v. 2. David says “my soul, my heart, and flesh.” Notice in v. 4 David seems to express some envy for those who dwell in the house of the Lord meaning the priests who lived there. What was the point or the cause for David’s intense desire to worship? It was very simply this – David saw God as the one and only Almighty God, The Creator! The truth is we all know the real answer to the question “what is your constant attitude toward worship every day of your life?” And “how well do you know God?” Because we know the answer to those questions – the real question then becomes what are you going to do to improve and enrich your attitude and your knowledge? One of the questions the selfishness of sin causes us to ask is, “what’s in it for me?” I find it interesting as I study, throughout the Scriptures, God goes to great lengths to answer that question. Here David helps us see our
  2. DEVELOPMENT BECAUSE OF WORSHIP 5-7. Look at v. 5, now 7. God never calls his children to sit, soak, and sour. Even in those times when we are positive God is telling us to be still, to wait, or to rest, we are to be active in spiritual growth. There is never a time we are to stop reading and studying Scripture, there is never a time we are to stop praying, and there is never a time we are to stop seeking God’s face. 24/7/365 God is working in us to conform us to the image of Christ preparing us for eternity with Him in heaven. From a human perspective constant work, or constant activity of any kind drains our strength from us. Vss. 5, 7 teach us that as we put out constant effort to minister and to grow, God makes it His business, not just to replenish our strength, but as David tells us in verse 7 God takes us to new levels of strength we have never experienced. Look at v. 6. Read! Valley of Baca is similar to our Death Valley. It is a hot, dry, desolate valley through which many Jews had to pass on their way to Jerusalem. Traversing the Valley was the most demanding and difficult part of the entire journey. In the context of this Psalm David is telling us that many of the pilgrims were so intensely focused on meeting with God in worship at Jerusalem, that the anticipation of such worship was such a driving force in their hearts, that the barrenness around them did not deter nor distract them from getting to the Temple. What does it take to stop you from corporate worship on Sunday morning?

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This week we invite Guest Speaker Bryan MacPhail-Fausey to deliver the message that God has given to him for us.

How Scripture Teaches Election

Romans 9:8-15

We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can download our service on iTunes or tune in for “The Good Word” each day on AM 1230 WSAL or on Hoosier Country  103.7 FM just after 8am. Last week we introduced this amazing doctrine of election. We defined election 1. As an act of God before creation in which He chooses some people to be saved. 2. Election is not on account of any foreseen merit in any person; 3. Election is only because of God’s good pleasure. We also indicated that the doctrine of election is presented in the NT as a means of consolation, adoration, and evangelization. This week we are looking at just a few of the ways or proofs that Scripture teaches the doctrine of election.

To begin, God Himself teaches the doctrine. In Ex.19:6 we read, “for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests a holy nation.” 2 Thess. 2:13 tells us, “…God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.” Because God has chosen us to be redeemed, we are a chosen people, a Royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession. You are priceless because you are bought with the blood of Christ, and you belong to God forever!

A second truth is – those chosen receive God’s special attention and care. In Gen.18:19 we read, “for I have chosen Abraham to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice.” 1 Pet. 1:2 says in part, “… to those who are either lacked according to the foreknowledge of God the father.” In Scripture “to know or to be known by God” means that God has complete knowledge and understanding of each of us in every facet and detail of our life. It is this truth of this amazing doctrine that teaches, when your life is totally dedicated and submitted to God, He literally takes all the guesswork out of living the Christian life.

A third truth of the doctrine of election is that God’s choice is a matter of grace, or unmerited favor He made in eternity past. In Eph. 1:4, 5 we learn in part, “even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ.” One writer says, “election or God’s choosing some to be saved is unconditional because it is not conditioned upon anything that God sees in us that makes us worthy of His choosing us.” That means God gives to us because He desires for us to experience a way of life that is better for us than we could conceive in our wildest imagination!

Another truth of the doctrine of election is that God has given His chosen to Christ to be His peculiar possession. From a Divine perspective when Christians are being called a “peculiar” possession for Christ, it means a “purchased possession.” In our throw-away world where even human life, in or out of the womb, means nothing to so many, the doctrine of election brings to the true man or woman of God reason, purpose, value, and honor that begins deep in the heart of an Almighty God and flows into the redeemed heart of a person chosen to receive God’s divine favor and honor.

One more truth is that God’s chosen are the recipients of a special call from God. Read Romans 8:28, 29. If you think about that, you begin to understand the enormity and infinite love God has demonstrated to us in this amazing doctrine of election.

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Introduction to Election

2 Timothy 1:8 – 14

We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can download our service on iTunes or tune in for “The Good Word” each day on AM 1230 WSAL or on Hoosier Country  103.7 FM just after 8am. Last October we studied the doctrine of God’s sovereignty or providence. We can summarize that doctrine by saying God’s sovereignty means: He is totally free to do as He wants, when He wants, in the way He wants! Now we turn to, what, in human terms, would be considered the first step in the redemptive process. And that first step is explained in the doctrine of election. Let’s begin with:

  1. ELECTION EXPLAINED! This doctrine is more easily understood if we look at the definition as three distinct truths: 1. Election is an act of God before creation in which He chooses some people to be saved. That’s a simple definition of what the biblical doctrine of election is. There are two further truths that must be added to this definition: 2. Election is not on account of any foreseen merit in any person; 3. Election is only because of God’s good pleasure. H. Strong is another of my favorite theologians. This is my paraphrase of his explanation for the necessity of the doctrine of election. “The depravity of the human will is such that if God did not extend his special influences upon some, to draw them to salvation, then all, without exception, would reject Christ’s offer of salvation to them, so that all, without exception, must spend eternity in hell.” Or if God doesn’t take the initiative and influence some people to be saved – no one would ever be saved. Let’s look at just a few examples of God taking the initiative toward sinful man. Go to Gen. 3:9. Notice how Adam’s sin made him afraid of God and caused him to try to hide from God. Now go to Luke 15. Read v. 3-4; It was the Shepherd who went looking for the sheep. Looked down at v. 8. The woman went looking for the lost coin. Now look at v. 17 – when he came to himself = is the influence of God the Father that “causes the prodigal to realize his sin, and desire to return to his father. But before the son came to the father, the father went looking for his lost son! The two preceding parables of the sheep and lost coin teach us 2 important lessons: 1. We don’t even realize we’re lost. One of the effects of sin that makes it so dangerous and destructive is that it causes us to think we are okay in our lost condition, and we don’t need to go looking for salvation. The other lesson is 2. God must come looking for us, because we will not go looking for Him. The effect of number 1 is the reason for number 2. Do you see that? Now let’s consider
  2. ELECTION ESTABLISHED! I want to share just three of those ways with you. 1. As a means of consolation. See Rom. 8:28-30. I read an interesting definition of the word “good” as it is used in v. 28. It means “conformity to Christ,” rather than earthly comfort. 2. The NT also presents the doctrine of election as a means of adoration. Go to Eph. 1:5, 6, 12, 14. Ultimately all praise, both in heaven and on earth, goes to God because of His redemptive heart. Now go to 1 Thess. 1:2, 4; hold that thought and go to 2 Thess. 2:13. Paul’s point here is that praise belongs to God because in eternity past He chose not just these Thessalonian Christians, but all Christians including you, to be saved. 2. The NT also presents the doctrine of election as a means of adoration. Go to Eph. 1:5, 6, 12, 14. Ultimately all praise, both in heaven and on earth, goes to God because of His redemptive heart. Now go to 1 Thess. 1:2,4; hold that thought and go to 2 Thess. 2:13. Paul’s point here is that praise belongs to God because in eternity past He chose not just these Thessalonian Christians, but all Christians including you, to be saved.

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