The language of offering is all over the New Testament - applied to financial contributions, converts in mission work, bringing worship to the throne of God, even our bodies being a living sacrifice in service to others. But to understand the significance of the Quality of an offering, we need a passage like Malachi 1 to shake us up and open our eyes to how God sees anything which falls short of our best.
We explore 3 kinds of traditions: those built on biblical precedent, those which violate biblical precedent, and those which are neutral and should be flexible. What are the dangers which can come with all 3 kinds?
Psalm 122 is a journey to and from a collective worship gathering with the people of God. The journey gives us 3 stages: Anticipation of the Collective Worship, Participation in It, and Transformation from it as we go back into the world.
We cap off our series on how the Christian handles Memory by exploring what the weekly sharing of the Lord’s Supper teaches us about our memories. We examine the remembering of our Lord from 3 angles: His Story, My Story, Our Story.
Are we guilty of trying on churches in a way which resembles shopping for clothes or a toy? We discuss the dangers of church hopping, church shopping, and becoming passive members who consume without producing.
How do we regard the importance of our assemblies together as compared with the emphasis placed on them by the early church? Which cultural factors have contributed to the devaluing of our time together? We examine these questions and look at 3 passages in Hebrews which should help reignite our anticipation of our regular gatherings as God's people.
"Why do I need God in order to be good?" It's one of skeptics' most common questions. We explore this question but also try to demonstrate its inadequacy. Being good is not the end for which we were designed. It is the middle part of a sequence that must begin elsewhere and end at a higher destination.
The expression "Day of the Lord" is not just about the final coming of Jesus and final judgment. The Bible uses it for several moments throughout history. So what connection does this expression have to the events surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus and the subsequent outpouring of the Spirit? And what does it have to do with our worship gatherings?
A conversation around a well in Samaria transitions from the life of a certain woman to a broader discussion of worship, but it is still directly related to her circumstances and potential barriers for her. Jesus offers a message of hope for her and in the process gives us a simple but profound understanding of worship by describing it in 2 words: SPIRIT and TRUTH. We peel back 3 layers of what may be embedded in those 2 words and see what the layers mean for our practice of worship.
We examine the wealth of passages that focus on the name of Jesus - from salvation in His name to prayer in His name to the opposition His name will receive and even how we can be guilty of misusing His name.