Mr. Greg Bush delivered the message this week while Pastor Scott was on vacation.
I Peter 2:4-8
worship- English= "worth" ship
Greek and Hebrew = to prostrate, to fall or bow down
lessons from Bible history
1. Public worship and private worship must be merged together.(Before the institution of the Temple)
We are individual stones being built up as a single house. (2:5)
We come together for worship, not out of our emptiness, but out of our fullness.
2. There are reasons for ceremonial worship.(after the Temple was established)
a. it is a great teaching tool
b. there is a form of worship in just simply doing what God tells us to do
c. you can also see what it means not to worship in spirit and truth
3. Worship takes place in the form of instruction.(after the Temple was destroyed)
Everything we do in a worship service can be a tool of instruction.
4. Worship is a commemoration of the resurrection of Christ.(New Testament worship)
They started meeting on the first day instead of just the seventh day.
Changes in history seemed to add on to what had been done before.
1. You're never too old to make a terrible mistake.(Exodus 32:19; Numbers 20:1-11)
Because of Moses' sin, he was not allowed to personally guide the Jews into the Promised Land.
Some people will use their age as an excuse for plain bad behavior.
2. If the work is the Lord's then the work will go on.(27:15-17)
Moses' two requests for the man who will replace him:
1. be chosen by God
2. have a shepherd's heart
a. If our work ceases, thee is a reason for that.
b. God often selects people quite different from the predecessors.
c. When God removes, God replaces.
d. Moses supported God's choice both publicly and privately.
3. There comes a time when it's time to go.(Deuteronomy 34:1-5)
Moses may not have felt like he was ready to die, yet it was time for him to die.
a. Death comes to us all.
b. There comes a time for other things in our life to come to an end.
c. We may have no control over endings, but we do have control over how we live.
God speaks from "the mountain"
a. He reminds them what He has done for them (19:3-4)
b. He tells them He has set them aside for a special purpose (19:5-6)
c. He gives them the law (20)
What are we to do with the Ten Commandments?
1. We are to use them as a mirror.(Romans 3:19-20)
The morror never makes the spot on your face. It only reveals to you that there is a spot.
The law was given to a redeemed people.
2. We are to use them as a compass to give us direction.
They are principles in order to bring order and harmony to life.
3. We are to allow them to lead us to Christ.(Galatians 3:24)
"paidagogos" = schoolmaster
the law is powerful, yet powerless
The Ten Commandments keep us from rationalization
- the standard of behavior is not determined by what our friends think, but by what God thinks
The Ten Commandments keep us from compartmentalization
-they give us concrete behavioral objectives
Pastor Scott Goodman