Have you ever heard the term “practical atheism”? I first heard this term used a few years ago. At first I didn’t really understand what it meant but as it was explained, I knew exactly what it was. Practical atheism was explained to me as the following “Someone who claims to be a Christian, but lives as if there is no God.” We have all seen people act this way, we may even be guilty of acting this way ourselves from time to time. This type of lifestyle is completely unacceptable so we need to consult the Word of God to fix our problem.
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?