Two weeks ago we considered the question, “Why are we here?” “Why have we gathered to worship?” And as we understand God’s purpose in bringing Israel to Himself on mount Sinai, we can begin to better understand God’s purpose in bringing us here every Sunday. For this we will look again to Exodus 19…
We live in a broken world, and we need to be reminded of that. We need to understand that since Genesis 3, this world has been drastically affected by the Fall. Sin is ugly! For example, just this week there was another shooting in our nation… The result: A life taken. A family coping with the loss. Officers wounded. An arrest. And children exposed to violence, death, and pain… You have to ask yourself, can anything good come out of this situation?
This is sin. It’s real. It’s powerful, and it’s deadly. And it has affected everyone. You’ve seen it. Felt it. Death. Pain. Confusion. These are no longer ideas. They are realities for some of us, some of you. Do you feel overwhelmed? Do questions of confusion and frustration plague your mind at night? When is this pain going to end? Why did I take that first drink? Why did I lose my child? Why did my father get sick? Why can’t I have a child? Does God hate, me? … Listen for more
Last lesson, we saw the power of Jesus to forgive sins in the account of the paralytic. One whose sins are forgiven are those who truly follow Jesus. To amplify this authority, Matthew gives the account of his own calling, for as a tax-collector, he was known to be a great sinner… Here in our text tonight, we see another evidence of true Christianity: We leave behind the trappings of empty ritual and legalism. Click play to hear more.
ACCEPTABLE WORSHIP IS NOT SPECTATORSHIP
Tommy Speirs challenged us last time we gathered with this question, “Why are you here?” I would ask that again this morning. Why are you here? Why did you come this morning? You may say, “for worship.” How? For so many, worship became a time of spectatorship… We come, we sit, we listen, some of us sing, some of us pay attention to the message, and then we leave and we may argue that giving our time and offering was our sacrifice for worship. We really need to challenge ourselves biblically on what it means to worship.