Whenever there is a major event in our lives, asking for prayers is what many Christians will do. Those who are not may even ask for prayers. For some, prayer is a last ditch attempt to help the situation. For Christians, it should be the first thing that comes to mind. Not just for major events, but for everyday ones also.
Acts 8 records the account Philip had with Ethiopian Eunuch, it is in this account that Philip approaches the Eunuch’s carriage and ask the Eunuch if he understood what he was reading in Scripture. The Eunuch answered by saying “How can I, except some man should guide me?” (Acts 8:31). After realizing he didn’t understand what he read, Philip sat down with the man and taught him the Gospel. Imagine if Philip said to the Eunuch “Well you may not understand, but at least you are reading the Scripture!” and proceeded to walk away. That wouldn’t have helped the Eunuch at all! Instead Philip taught him the Gospel, but why? While reading the Word of God is a good thing to do, Philip knew that understanding was crutial to the purpose of Scripture. In the same manner, we need to understand why we do the things we do as Christians. Today I want to ask the question “Why do we worship?” We all know that Worshiping God is a good thing, but why? Let’s study by asking a few questions about worship:
There are many things that describe a Christian and the things that one should do. One word that may not immediately come to mind is servant, or more accurately, a bond-servant. The New Testament writers, Paul, Peter, James, and Jude all describe themselves in this manner.
This is a busy world that we live in and sometimes we get so busy that we lose sight of important things that we should do. For instance, how many of you set a goal for reading through the Bible this year? How is that going? What kind of plan did you make?
In the book of Genesis we read the account of the first murder in the fourth chapter. In this account jealousy took root in the in heart of Cain and he killed his brother Abel. One of the most interesting statements during this exchange came when God asked Cain where his brother was, to which Cain responded “Am I my brother’s keeper?” While Cain really wasn’t looking for an honest answer, the answer is yes! One of the responsibilities of being a part of a family is that you look after each other. This is true with the physical family as well as with the spiritual family. Note the following:
Remember the good old days? People may look around at all the bad things in their generation and fondly remember the past with a mind focused on only the good things that happened. It is easy to forget that there are good and bad things with every generation.
The church is a divine institution appointed by God to show forth and declare Him to the world. The called out people, the church, Christians are to shine the light of God’s love through Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16) It is these words “I am not ashamed” that acts as a staple that holds all of Christianity together. After all, if we were ashamed of the Gospel why would we ever obey it or want to tell others about it?The truth is, we wouldn’t. If we claim that we are not ashamed of the Gospel, then we should not be ashamed to teach the Gospel.
In 1951 Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell sat down and began to write a song. In 1970 the blues artist B.B. King would take this song all the way to the top of the charts. This song’s title was “The Thrill is Gone.” It was in this song that the “King” sang about a woman who did him wrong and stole the thrill from their relationship. While there is certainly a disconnect between the lyrics of this song and our relationship with God, I do see a similar trend in the Lord’s Church. Many people start off their walk with God with enthusiasm and joy, over time this joy begins to fade until they look around and say “The thrill is gone.”
Sunday is a special day of each week in many ways. In the USA it is part of a weekend. For many, not all, it is a day of rest from the busy work week. For some it is a time to be with their family. Others treat it as a day of recovery from a busy Friday and Saturday, before returning to work on Monday.