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# 01329 :  ALL BELIEVERS MUST READ
Please read the message prayerfully till the end. Hope we all can spare at least 10-15 minutes and I’m sure it will never be a loss but will be beneficial for our Christian life.


Christianity is loosing its dignity and the root cause of it is the lack of sincerity in worship and the right knowledge about the way to worship the Almighty God. These days most of the believers especially youths gathered every Sunday for worship just as a ritual or a routine. Of course there are true worshippers who worship the Lord in truth & in Spirit but this article is mainly intended for all believers who doesn’t find a joy in their heart in worshipping Lord and who just come for worship, sit for a 2 to 3 hours, sing few hymns along with others and return back with same empty heart.

The main reason for not being able to understand the importance & joy in worship is either because of ignorance about the attributes of the living God, our present identity as the High priest or lack of personal relationship with God.

Every Sunday we come, worship and then disperse. Have we ever thought seriously if god has accepted our worship? If not, we should think about it seriously because Bible says not all types of worships are acceptable by God. And if god doesn’t accept a worship, it means that the believer whose worship is not accepted will be cursed by God. So, this is a serious subject and we should seriously think about it

I am giving more importance of worship because I know there are many believers who take worship as a Sunday routine and I was one among them. But only very recently I understand the importance of worship and the right way to worship. So, I want everyone to read this article prayerfully and patiently till the end.

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Reply by : jimple   View Profile   Since : 31 Jul 2007 4:04:41 AM Close
Luke 19:10 says “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Here Son is seeking lost ones. Once upon a time we were the lost ones. By the great grace & mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ he found us and made us worthy to be called the children of God. Now we are in the list of “found ones”.

In John 4:23 we read “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him”. (KJV)

Here the father is seeking true worshippers. When god explicitly seeketh true worshippers it also means that there are worships which God doesn’t accept. So there is a word of caution that we may be in the list of found ones or so called “believers” but not necessarily that all worships from the found ones are acceptable by the god.

Let us first examine what is Worship?

Worship is the overflowing of the love & gratefulness that we have for our Lord in our heart. In other words, it is the outward expression of an Inward affection. (J. B. Hall). If salvation is the best gift that God gives to the mankind then the best gift or offering that mankind can give to God is true worship.

Before expanding the meaning of worshipping God in Spirit & in truth, let us try to examine the types of worships which are not acceptable by God.

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Reply by : jimple   View Profile   Since : 31 Jul 2007 4:05:21 AM Close
1) VAIN WORSHIP: - Mathew 15-7, 8 & 9

“Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men”.

The reason of Jesus Christ calling them as hypocrites is that they were close to God only with their mouth & lips but their heart was away from God. They have outward expression but no inward affection. Their lips and their heart don’t go hand in hand.

If we read Mathew chapter 23 to chapter 28 we can see Jesus Christ calling them hypocrites many times. When Jesus Christ calling them as hypocrites, he is infact pointing out their lives. So worship involves the totality of our lives. Today, worship has become so restricted in people’s minds that it is generally limited to something one does for an hour or two once a week. However, worship in the biblical sense involves all of our life. It’s very broad, involving all of the activities of every day of one’s life. We are to honor Him, glorify him in all things. It is not just the 2 to 3 hours of worship time on Sunday that matters but it is also our daily living that counts for acceptance of our worship.

God doesn’t like compromise with His commandments. He loves those who keep His commandments without diluting his commands.

Luke 6:46:- “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”

I King 18:21:- “How long halt ye between two opinions? If the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him”.

Mathew 6:24:- “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon”.

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Reply by : jimple   View Profile   Since : 31 Jul 2007 4:05:56 AM Close
All these above verses convey the same meaning. It is clear from the above reference that God never entertains “Adjustments”. Jesus Christ clearly tells that no one can serve two masters at a time. There are only two options – either follow God’s way or follow worldly ways. We can never combine these two and please God. By looking at such people who compromise with world and then try to please God through worship, Jesus Christ says “in vain they do worship me” Mathew 15:9.

Hebrew 12:14 says that no man can see the Lord without holiness. Holiness here doesn’t refer the time of worship but it involves our daily lives. We are very familiar with the verse I Cor.11:28 which say to examine our self….Many of us commit ourselves in the hands of the Lord and repent for our mistakes either Saturday evening or Sunday morning or just the time before taking Lord supper. There are certain denominations as well who organize a get together and collectively pray God for their forgiveness of sin before participating in Lord Supper. By doing this are we not actually making a mockery of holiness that God intends in us? Will the Holy of the Holiest ever permit a believer to live a life as per his own will and put a mask of holiness just before coming for worship?

Eccl. 5:1 states “Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God”. “Keep thy foot” does not refer from preventing our feet from stumbling but it means to be cautious in our day to day walk of life.

In Isaiah 1:13&14, God clearly tells the Israelites “Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting” because they brought their offerings, incense etc in vain. Remember to whom God was speaking…to His people, those with whom He had made the Old Covenant. God was never happy with the way they tried to offer sacrifices without a complete submission to god’s will in their lives. To Him their "holiness" was a pretense.

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Reply by : jimple   View Profile   Since : 31 Jul 2007 4:06:45 AM Close
Jeremiah 12:2 reveals the same meaning…
“Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit: thou art near in their mouth, and far from their reins”.

All these versus clearly indicates that God does not encourage hypocrisy rather he does punish it. In Mathew 6:5 & 16 tell about hypocrites “they have their rewards”.
Mathew 23:13 shows the severity of hypocrisy “therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation”.

In simple way, when we come to worship Lord, it is not only our lips that utter praises but God desires praise & worship offered with all our mind, with all our strength and with all our heart and with complete holiness else by seeing our worship God tells us

“Ye hypocrites…draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me….”

2) WILL WORSHIP:- Colossians 2:20-23

“Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; which all are to perish with the using after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honor to the satisfying of the flesh”.

This worship is closely aligned with vain worship. We can call this worship as self chosen worship or self imposed worship…actions engaged in because they please the worshipper but not because they were commanded by God.

2 John 9 defines the will worshippers. “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God”. They try to add their thoughts and knowledge (along with the commandment & doctrine from the Bible) for self satisfaction.

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Reply by : jimple   View Profile   Since : 31 Jul 2007 4:08:24 AM Close
Let us quote 2 examples from the Old Testament.

Leviticus 10:1:- “And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not”. Nadab and Abihu brought “strange fire” before Lord and it was taken as a sign of disrespect for His holiness and the consequences was terrible.

In Chapter 10:2 we read “And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD”. We may think that God is not going to punish us as severely as in the Old Testament. Read 1 Cur 11:30 “For this causes many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep”.

Nadab and Abihu may offered incense with a good purpose to please Lord but they used their own knowledge & thoughts to please the creator and we just saw that they were devoured by fire.

Similar is the case of Cain & Abel. Both of them came with their offerings unto God but He accepted only Abel’s because Abel knew what kind of sacrifice would God accept and be pleased.

Even though these examples are quoted from Old Testament these are written for our learning as 1 Cor 10:11 says.. “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition”

A worship that is not Christ centered is “strange fire”. This is the same type of worship that we often have today which calls for “audience centered worship”(Grady Scott). Without God’s permission they add certain things to worship because they are attractive. It is a sad thing that today’s youth demand attractive worship. But we shouldn’t try to make the worship attractive rather make our worship attractive to God.

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Reply by : jimple   View Profile   Since : 31 Jul 2007 4:09:28 AM Close
In Old Testament God had given definite instruction to Israelites on how to worship Him as well as the services of the tabernacle.

In a nutshell, we are bound to worship Lord according to His instructions or commandments and we should follow the exact mode of worship as God has given in His Holy Word without adding or removing anything.


3) IGNORANT WORSHIP:-Acts 17:22&23

“Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you”

Here we can see another category of worshippers who do not know anything about the true God or how to worship? We can see millions of people around us who come under this category. In India, we can see people worshipping trees, animals, celestial bodies, Human beings etc. and another category of people who bruise their own body and bleed to please their God.

In Tibet, some people write their prayer on a wheel sort of thing and rotate it. As many number of times the wheel rotate they believe that they have prayed so many number of times.

Some clever Chinese write their prayer and wrap it with clay and throw it before their deity. If the clay reaches the destined spot then it is believed that their prayer has reached the right place.

Now all the readers must be happy thinking that at least we do not fall under this category. I also had thought the same. But wait for a minute…

Ø Do we truly know the God whom we worship?
Ø Do we know the attributes, love, power, majesty, holiness & greatness of our God?
Ø Do we sit before the presence of the Lord with fear, reverence, humility, holiness and with the required seriousness?

If note, I’m afraid we are ignorant about the true nature of God & ignorant of the worship He desires.

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Reply by : jimple   View Profile   Since : 31 Jul 2007 4:10:09 AM Close
On reading the above sentence I am sure most of the believers who proudly credits themselves to be true worshipper will certainly think again and test if they are genuinely a true worshipper.

TRUE WORSHIP:- John 4:23 & 24

“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall
worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in
spirit and in truth.”

In the introduction we saw Father is seeking true worshippers. In Verse 24, we get a clear understanding of what true worship is. Here Jesus Christ tells that the worship should be in truth & in spirit to be acceptable to God.

Today we see many religions who give importance to the location of worship like Mecca, Jerusalem, Rome, Sabarimala etc.. But in John 4:22, Jesus points that the location is not important but the ‘How’ is important. “must worship him in spirit & in truth”-this “must” is final and there is no other alternative or option in regards to worship.

Let us see what is worshipping in spirit & in truth.

Worshipping God ‘in spirit’

Means to offer “Spiritual worship” in contrast to that which is mostly physical or fleshly (Mark A. Copeland). Since God is spirit, he must receive spiritual worship. To understand this concept more clearly, please read Hebrew 9:1-10. In New Testament, it is not the external factors such as the physical structure, special priesthood, candlestick, burning incense, instruments of music, animal sacrifices etc that counts but it is more of the spiritual aspect such as the following…

> I Cor 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

> 1 Peter 2:5 “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy
priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by
Jesus Christ”.

> Eph 5:19 “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”

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Reply by : jimple   View Profile   Since : 31 Jul 2007 4:10:42 AM Close
> Hebrews 13:15 “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God
continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

In short, emphasis is on the spirit of man, not his physical senses (Mark A. Copeland)

Paul says in Romans 1:10 “…whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel
of his Son”& in Phil 3:3 “For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus..”.

If Holy Spirit besides a man he can never abstain from praising god because it is the Holy Spirit who compels a man to praise God. In other words, if he is unable to thank and worship God that means Holy Spirit doesn’t dwell in him.

A man can worship God in spirit only when there is a perfect unity between God and the spirit of man. If there is no such unity then he cannot worship God in spirit. In Romans 8:8 we read “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” Physically he is present in the church but spiritually absent. We should not forget that God is always watching our thoughts, actions and our willingness to worship.

Worshipping God ‘in truth’

Worshipping God in truth simply means the opposite of vain worship. Worship should be true and not vain. Jesus said in John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”.

In short, worshipping the Father through Jesus Christ according to the Word of God is worshipping God in truth.

“True Worship begins inwardly and works its way outwardly; it does not begin outwardly and work its way inwardly” (J.B.Hall).

So, true worship should not depend on corresponding favorable circumstances which will boost up our mind to prepare for our worship. But today, especially youths demand artificial stimulants to make the worship more attractive. But, I would like to point out that our mind set should not fluctuate based on artificial stimulants rather we should come completely prepared to offer praise & worship under any circumstances.

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Reply by : jimple   View Profile   Since : 31 Jul 2007 4:11:33 AM Close
In Habakkuk 3:17 &18 we read

“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in thevines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no
meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no
herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my
salvation.”

Here we can see a situation of praise & thanks giving despite of tough time.
Similarly, we can quote the example of Job also in this regard.

Today, many find no joy in worship because they do not know how to praise under unfavorable circumstances.

We can see in Mathew 26:30 Jesus Christ is singing hymns along with disciples at mount of Olives when He has death before Him. Also read 11 Samuel 15:30 where we can see David also climbing the mount of Olives along with other people covering their heads mourning and weeping only because of the fear of Absalom.

Jesus and David, both were going to face a tough time, both were climbing the same mountain but we can see Jesus is singing song with His disciples but David along with other people was weeping.

But please note, our spiritual joy should not be interrupted by outward afflictions. We must avoid certain things when we come to worship such as;
(1) Sorrowful heart or baggage of sadness: - read Psalms 100:2b “...come before his presence with singing”…because true worship takes place in joy. Psalm 84 is a good example for this.

(2) Enmity among Brethren:- Read Mathew 5:23-24 “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”

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Reply by : jimple   View Profile   Since : 31 Jul 2007 4:11:58 AM Close
(2) With our sin:- Read Exodus 30:20 “When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD”…must remove the defilements before approaching unto God as a worshipper..failure at this point brings in death. Read 1 Cor 11:30 also in this regard.

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Reply by : jimple   View Profile   Since : 31 Jul 2007 4:12:27 AM Close
Let us conclude…

Worshipping the only living God is the most blessed privilege that God has given to every believer. We are liable to worship our creator who created us, lifted us from horrible pit and made us His children. He redeemed us and made us His children to adore and worship Him. If His motive was simply to take us to heaven then he would have done it immediately after our salvation.

Worship is the life time of a believer. A man without breathe is dead. Similarly a believer without worship is equivalent to a dead man. In Psalms 150:6 we read “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD.” Worshipping the living God in true sense is a great privilege that God has given to every one that has breath.

Also worshipping God is a command from God to His children. But He has not given us permission to worship Him as and how we feel right.. He has clearly instructed the way to worship Him.

In Old Testament, God repeatedly reminds to offer sacrifices which are acceptable and pleasing to Him. It is not the sacrifice but also the worshipper in whom God should be pleased to accept his worship. In Genesis 4:4 we read “And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering”. God was pleased in Abel and to his offerings but God was not pleased with Cain nor with his offerings. So, worshipper and his offerings are linked. If god is not pleased with the life of the worshipper, He will not accept his worship also.

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Reply by : jimple   View Profile   Since : 31 Jul 2007 4:13:41 AM Close
We saw 4 types of worships/worshippers. Let us examine under which category we fall…

Ø Do we fall under the category of Pharisees and scribes whom Jesus calls as “hypocrites”. They were close to God with their mouth but their heart was away from God. We should also examine if we are coming to His presence with holiness. If not, remember the verse I Cor 11:29 “For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body”

Ø Are we worshipping God as per His instructions? or are we bringing “strange fire” before Him? Remember the consequences faced by Nadab and Abihu on bringing strange fire for offering…


Ø Are we ignorant of the attributes and qualities of the almighty god whom we worship? Are we ignorant about the right way to worship?

Ø Do we worship our savior and all powerful God with truth and in spirit in perfect holiness, with complete humility and sense of gratitude, the way He desires?. Romans 12:1 we read “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,which is your reasonable service.”

God says, I will accept only true worship. If true worship can be a reason for God’s blessings then worshipping God in vain will bring us under the curse and judgment of God.

Let us ask ourselves “Do I qualify as a true worshipper?”

May God enable us to humble ourselves and make the required changes in us so that we can please God through our worship which our loving Father is actually seeking.

This is the first article I have ever written. So, please be kind enough to send your comments on this and also correct me if there is any biblical misinterpretation or doctrinal mistake.

Your brother in Christ,
Jimple C Paul.

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Reply by : nelnob1   View Profile   Since : 31 Jul 2007 7:31:53 AM Close
Dear Br.Jimple in Christ,

It was good reading your post, and the contents mentioned in the 12 posts. Please be precised so that we can read and understand,


Dear brother please do highlight also , how does one become a true worshipper of God, what are the qualities required for a person to become a child of God , and from a child of God, what God expects ?


Yours in Christ
Samuel.V.J

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Reply by : gamaliel   View Profile   Since : 31 Jul 2007 7:45:27 AM Close
Dear brother Jimple C. Paul

this is NOT a preachers forum. This is a discussion forum. So kindly refrain from posting your messages here.

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Reply by : tomj   View Profile   Since : 31 Jul 2007 8:56:23 AM Close
Dear gamaliel / readers,

Scripturally sound teachings had been welcomed on these forums in the past. Unscriptural teachings had been challenged as well. So, categorically asking a person to refrain from posting such teachings, I believe would be unfair.

A young person with a sincere desire to express himself and write his convictions (as long as they are scriptural or it should be pointed out with love and tenderness) must be encouraged. I believe when we approach with openness we can glean things that are beneficial.

Regards,

Tom J

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Reply by : bochayan   View Profile   Since : 31 Jul 2007 10:04:42 AM Close
Dear Jimple,
Your article was very convicting personally for me,great post.
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Reply by : jobc   View Profile   Since : 1 Aug 2007 7:51:22 AM Close
Dear Brother Jimple,

Your article was very usefull,mainly the present day youths. Great

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Reply by : kumbanadan   View Profile   Since : 1 Aug 2007 8:05:45 AM Close
dear br. jimple
Thank you very much for the post.
God Bless You.
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Reply by : jimple   View Profile   Since : 1 Aug 2007 10:48:53 PM Close

Dear Brother Samuel,

Thanks for your appreciation and feedback. I will keep your suggestion in mind for all my future endeavors.

Dear Brother Tom J,

Thanks for your great support. I too believe in the below saying,
"If what they are saying about you is true, mend your ways. If it isn't true, forget it, and go on and serve the Lord".

Do remeber in your prayer.


Dear Brothers Bochayan, Jobc & Kumbanadan,

Thanks for the response. All your mails have been an encouragement for me. The very purpose of posting this article was to help all the readers to understand the seriousness of worship and glorify the name of the Lord. Your mails are fruit of my effort. Feel free to pose questions regarding worship, if any. It would be my pleasure to answer.

Your servent in Him,

Jimple C Paul.

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Reply by : bochayan   View Profile   Since : 2 Aug 2007 8:12:48 AM Close
Dear Jimple,

Do you have any recommended books on worship ,agree there is some ignorance among us folks on this subject

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Reply by : jimple   View Profile   Since : 3 Aug 2007 12:34:32 AM Close
Dear Brother,

Thanks for your mail.

I am not much aware of good books available on the topic worship but I suggest you to read the book title "The Attributes of God" by A.W.Tozer.
This is not exactly on the topic worship but gives a deep insight about the attributes of god. Unless we know the qualities of the god we worship, we cannot truly come to Him with humility & sincerity.

There are few links regarding worship which will be of great help to you.

http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/TopicIndex/60/ .....(John Piper)
http://www.churchesofchrist.net/topics/u-z-topics/worship.htm..... (Grady Scott)

http://www.ccel.org/contrib/exec_outlines/jn/jn4_20.htm ....(Mark A.Copeland)

http://www.ccel.org/contrib/exec_outlines/top/musicnt1.htm .....(Mark A.Copeland)

As you make use of these materials, please be aware of the doctrinal fact. Brother Tom J has very clearly put a word of caution in the thread "Worship" which I am quoting below for your help.

<<<<...since many of the Christian web-sites do contain very good study materials and then they subtly introduce their erroneous pet-ideas. For those who are thorough with the doctrines could safely maneuver through such sites and use very valuable information.>>>>>

<<<<They do have some good study articles, but they have several errors on critical doctrines. Please use much caution if you plan to use some of their materials>>>>>

Your brother in Christ,

Jimple C Paul.

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Reply by : drjcp   View Profile   Since : 3 Aug 2007 2:49:52 AM Close
Dear Jimple,

so as to avoid doctrinal confusion, let me point out that Churches of Christ

http://www.churchesofchrist.net/topics/u-z-topics/worship.htm..... (Grady Scott)

is a cult that teachers Baptismal regeneration.

CCEL is a good site, but they also carry some notes from what is known as "Executable Outlines". This is also by a man from Churches of Christ.

I have a suggestion for you: why don't you start a "blog" and develop a strong Bible teaching ministry on the net ?

God bless you

Johnson C. Philip

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Reply by : jimple   View Profile   Since : 3 Aug 2007 10:26:38 PM Close
Dear Brother,

Thanks for your advise. I wll take care of the doctrinal differences while seeking help from various websites or books.

Let all the readers also take note of this.

Please advise what the Bible says about Baptismal regeneration or please advise some links for our learning...

Thanks for your suggestion. I have just started learning and meditating from the word of God and feel that I personaly need to be more strong in doctrines to open a "blog" and start ministry. If God willing, will take up this ministry in His appointed time.

Your brother in Christ.

Jimple C Paul.

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Reply by : brethren1979   View Profile   Since : 6 Nov 2007 2:19:10 AM Close

A very good article, Jim. Thank you for posting it. I agree with you that many Christians do not have a proper understanding of what it means to worship God. Because of the transition of many churches to "entertain" on Sunday, to provide a "worship service" pleasing to people, to keep their interest and to keep them coming back, this "surface worship" (eye and ear candy) is teaching wrong things about worship to new and young Christians.

Even though worship occurs during the assembly, but as you said in your article, we also must be worshiping God with our lives and how we live, every day all day. As you point out, true worship is not just something we do for a couple hours once a week when the assembly gathers. It is the outflow of our spiritual condition, which is to be filled to overflowing with gratitude and praise of Almighty God. Things like musical instruments are not bad in themselves, nor is the use of them bad. What is bad in God's sight is the state of the worshiper's heart.


+++May God enable us to humble ourselves and make the required changes in us so that we can please God through our worship which our loving Father is actually seeking.++++++

That will be my prayer tonight as I did see myself somewhere in those categories. Thank you for this reminder. This is the time of my life when Lord work in my life and my heart to change me, so this is another flaw in me that He pointed out through your article.

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Reply by : johnmiller   View Profile   Since : 7 Nov 2007 9:13:03 AM Close
Dear Jimple,

Your thread is a timely reminder to us of the reason for our salvation. We are saved to worship. As you reminded us, the Lord Jesus tells us this in His conversation with the woman of John ch.4. The whole purpose of the work of atonement is that men and women should be freed from the bondage and penalty of sin in order to become worshippers. Worship will be our eternal occupation.

Only the worship of those who have been born again by receiving Christ as Saviour has any merit in the sight of God. I often hear churches and church leaders inviting all and sundry to come and join in worship at such and such a service. This is not in accordance with God's word. The flesh, even in its most refined state, is not acceptable to God. Only what is "born of the Spirit" can rightly respond worshipfully to Him.

My observation is that much of what passes for worship in the profession of Christianity is greatly lacking in reverence. The realisation of who God is in His eternal omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence must be always before us whether our worship is private and personal or in the collective setting of Christian fellowship.

Your brother in Christ,

John

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