I love going to church!
You would expect a pastor to say that. However, there have been times I would have loved to have stayed home from church. At times the public worship of God has been less than spectacular. Many times it has been because of me.
Regardless of the reasons, the public worship of God is always less than He deserves. That much we know. But we should always make our best attempt to reflect the worth of God as we get together on Sundays.
This Sunday I will conclude a four-part sermon series called: Worship – Giving Our Best To God. This week, my message is “Principles of Public Worship” from 1 Corinthians 14.
The Corinthian church was having some major problems in their public worship. As reflected in earlier sermons, they flaunted their freedom in front of each other, the remembrance of the Lord’s Supper was dividing them, and they boasted that some spiritual gifts were vital but others were not even needed. Paul gave some great instructions. In 1 Corinthians 14 Paul finalizes his thoughts about public worship by focusing on two spiritual gifts that were at the center of the problems: prophecy and tongues.
The gift of prophecy was the ability of proclaiming God’s Word which had previously been unrevealed. The gift speaking in tongues was the ability to speak in other languages previously unknown by the speaker. The Corinthians were emphasizing tongues over prophecy. Yet, Paul reminded them that the gift of prophecy was more vital to both believer and unbeliever.
The gift of tongues and prophecy are two of the most controversial spiritual gifts today. I will share the danger of emphasizing tongues and why I believe the Bible teaches that these gifts have ceased for today. i will also share some vital principles about public worship that we find in this chapter. Paul’s emphasis is not tongues and prophecy, but worship. I hope the worship at Faith Baptist will continue to bring glory to God in spirit and in truth.
Join us this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.