THE CHRISTIAN AND WORSHIP

 

In a recent Gallup Poll two persons in every three surveyed indicated that they think that it is possible for a person to be a good Christian and not attend church ser-vices. In replying to the question, “Do you think a person can be a good Christian if he doesn’t go to church,” 67% of those polled said, “Yes.” According to the same survey, it was found that 20% do not attend religious services, 5% seldom attend and 27% attend only occasionally.

In determining our religious duties and responsibili-ties, we must not make the error of being guided simply by the thoughts and opinions of men. Well said the prophet Jeremiah, “It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jer. 10:23). “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nei-ther are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heav-ens are higher than your ways, and my thoughts” (iSA. 55:8,9).

The Bible teaches that one cannot be a good Christian if he refuses to regularly worship God. In fact, God desires His children to worship Him. He seeks true worshippers.

While talking with the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus said: “The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall wor-ship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seekth such to worship Him” (John 4:23). God seeks people to worship Him.

The first church at Jerusalem was composed of persons who worshipped God with regularity. Of the three thousand souls who heard the preaching of Christ, believed and were baptized, it is said, “they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).

The day of worship for the early Christians was the Lord’s Day, the first day of the week, the day of Christ’s resurrection. Concerning the saints at Troas, we read: “Upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them” (Acts 20:7).

Hence, it was the practice of early disciples to regularly meet on the first day of the week for worship. This assembly was not to be neglected. This meeting was not to be condidered unimportant or optional. Hear the inspired injunction: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so uch the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Heb. 10:25).

For the Christian, worshipping God is more than a duty; it is a privilege. Each time he communes with God in praise and devotion, he is drawn closer to Him; he becomes more like Him.

May the Almighty help each of us to understand and appreciate the supreme importance and significant value of worship.

A.T. Pate

 

 



1 Peter 5

 

 

 

 

 

1 Peter 5



Golden Rule

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 7:12

 



The Best Day Of The Week

 

 

Some time ago, while living in Nashville, Tennessee, I remember visiting with a splendid family who worshipped where I preached. These people were newcomers to our community and this was my first visit with them. It was a most delightful call.

During the course of our conversation, the mother thrilled to tell me what her little daughter had said one Saturday. The precious little girl had said, “Oh boy! Tomorrow will be Sunday, the best day in the week!” Sunday, the Lord’s Day, to this little girl, meant attending Bible School and learning about Jesus. To her, it was the best day of the week.

How wonderful it would be if every child could have the privilege of belonging to a family that attends Bible study each Lord’s Day. What a blessing for children to be brought up “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4).

Before one can come to the Lord, it is essential that he learn (John 6:45). To be approved of God, we must study (2Tim. 2:15). The Word of God cleanses (John 15:3), purifies (1Pet. 1:22), and saves,(James 1:21). It is the means by which we grow, from a babe in Christ (1Pet.2:2) unto spiritual maturity (Heb. 5:12-14). How vital is Bible study!

In America crime is at an all-time high-and a great part of it is attributed to youth . J. Edgar Hoover, former F.B.I. director, insisted that “If we are to change the rampant materialism that is the base of so many of today’s evils…we must look to every spiritual weapon at our command,” and then adds: “Certainly the Bible is such a weapon.”

Parents, take your children to Bible study. Don’t rob them of this blessed privilege.  

“A little girl with shining eyes— her face aglow

Said, “Daddy, it is almost time for Sunday school. Let’s go.

They teach us there of Jesus ‘ love, of how He died for all,

Upon the cruel cross to save those who on Him will call.’

‘Oh, no!’ said daddy, “Not today, I’ve worked hard all week

And I must have one day of rest. I’m going to the creek.

For there I can relax and rest and fishing’s fine they say,

So run along; don’t bother me, we’ll go to church someday.

Months and years have passed, but daddy hears that plea

No more;

‘Let’s go to Sunday school.’ Those childhood days are o’er.

And now that daddy ‘s growing ild, when life is almost through,

He finds the time to go to church, but what does daughter do?

She says: ‘Oh daddy, not today—I stayed up most all night.

And I’ve just got to have some sleep; besides, I look a fright’

Then daddy lifts a trembling hand to brush away his tears,

As again he hears the pleading voice distinctly through the years.

He sees a small girl’s shining face upturned, with eyes aglow

As she says, ‘It’s time for Sunday school, please Daddy, won’t you go?”

A.T. Pate

 

 



Following Paul #5

 

 

 

 

 

1 Thessalonians 5:17

 



The Man Who Ask For A Mountain

 

 

 

 

 

Joshua 14:12



The Book of Numbers 2

 

 

 

 

 

Numbers



City Four Square

 

 

 

 

 

Revelation 21



I Will Return

General Douglas MacArthur, one of the greatest soldiers in American history, had been military advisor for the Philippines for six years. When President Roosevelt ordered him to leave the Phil-ippines and go to Australia to serve as commander of the Allied Forces in the Southwest Pacific, reluctantly the old soldier departed, declaring, “I will re-turn.” On October 20, 1944 MacArthur made good his promise. At that time he invaded Leyte Island and in a short while, most of the Philippine Islands had been liberated. Jesus Christ our Lord, a greater liberator than MacArthur, made a similar promise. His earthly ministry was nearing its end. His work here was nearly completed. Soon he would be leaving his beloved disciples. To them, whose hearts were heavy, he said, “I will come again.” “Let not your hearts be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And, if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also”. (John14:1-3). When Jesus comes again, “the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are theirin shall be burned up” (2 Pet. 3:10). The redeemed living on the earth at that time shall be caught up “to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thess. 4:17). Both the wicked and the righteous shall be raised from the dead and judged (John 5:28-29). To the wicked, the Lord will say : “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mt. 25:41).  But to the righteous, the Savior will say: “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Mt. 25:34). In view of our Master’s wonderful promise to return, let us “live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:12,13); “Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body…” (Phil. 3:21).              A.T. Pate



Four Good Rules

ALLOW GOD TO SAY SOMETHING TO

YOU EACH DAY

          Jesus said, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Mt. 11:15) God has a message for us and God wants us to hear His message. That message is contained in the book we call the Bible. Therefore, allow God to speak to you each day by meditating upon His Word. Receive His counsel daily for “the law ot the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimomony of the Lord is pure, making wise the simple” (Psa. 19:7).

TALK TO GOD EVERY DAY

          When we walk with God, as did Enoch of old, we will want to talk with Him regularly. “My God and I go in the fields together, we walk and talk as good friends should and do.” Through Christ Jesus we can have direct contact with God. The Christian need not bear his burdens alone for, through prayer, he can call for help from above. “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that , if we ask anything according to His will, he hearth us ” (1 John 5:14).

SAY SOMETHING FOR GOD EACH DAY

          The early disciples were ready always to speak in behalf of God. They went everywhere “preaching the Word” (Acts 8:4). Of the apostle Paul, it is said, “He spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 9:29). He “testified to the Jews that Jeus was Christ” (Acts 18:5). These early Christians would say, “I’m not ashamed to own my Lord, nor to defend His Cause.” God is still depending upon His children to speak in His Behalf. If Christ is precious to you, will you not tell others of your gladness today?

DO SOMETHING FOR GOD EACH DAY

          The only way we can serve God is to serve our fellow man. Jesus said, “inasmuch as ye have done it unto me” (Mt. 25:40).

          We can help accomplish the word of the Lord by consecrating our bodies to His service. We must not forget that the only hands that God has, are our hands; His only feet are our feet. “Therfore, as we have opportunity, let us do good unto all men” (Gal. 6:10).

          Work for the Lord while it is day, “for the night cometh when no man can work” (John 9:4).

                                                                                                        A.T. Pate