Many today can't see the importance of being in church. Even the world notices that fewer and fewer are attending church. But what does the Bible have to say about it! How serious is God about our assembling ourselves together.
We must judge ourselves. We must judge that God is Holy, righteous and Just. Our faith will be tried. God almighty is in control of All things. Luke2:32 There must be sufferings among you! There must be heresies among us to try us and refine us.
CURRENT EVENTS UPDATE: The propaganda machine fake news media and deep state government spent the entire day of January 6, 2022 "commemorating" what they falsely labelled an "insurrection" and "terrorist attack on the Capital". We lay out the basic truth about that day, exposing the devils in control of mainstream news media and the devil-possessed, globalists in power at the federal level of U.S. government.
In our study, we look at the response of the Prodigal's brother and what it should have been as Jesus uses this parable to confront Pharisees and consider the Pharisees in churches, today.
As we continue to look at the Church, we want to continue to examine all the Scriptures where the word translated church is used, and where we see that the kind of church which Jesus Christ started, and all of His kind of churches are only local and visible.
We live in a rapidly changing world where fear in our lives will have a paralyzing ungodly affect. This lesson examines what sustains a Christian in times of trial, persecution, suffering. In our final look at this topic we answer the question: Why must we obey God rather than men? I use this question for final analysis of the topic. We have the Hope of Salvation. We are the pillar and support of the truth. Christ as head of the church commands us. We examine these and other points to finish the study.
Paul concluded his message regarding spiritual gifts - emphasizing his words with fourteen commands. In all of their SERVICES, as they assembled together as a church, they each wanted to make a special contribution to the body. In contrast to their past selfish habits, Paul commanded them to make it their spiritual aim to always love each other with edification. He required that they be in SUBJECTION to each other in three specific areas: (1) recognition - tongues speaking must be interpreted and limited (they were to practice self-control when there was no interpreter); (2) revelation - prophesying had to be overseen and restricted by other prophets (they were to practice self-control when God gave a revelation to a prophet who was seated); and (3) restriction - women in church services were not permitted to speak (they were to practice self-control by subjecting themselves to the men, and by asking any questions they may have with their husbands at home). In SUMMARY, Paul challenged them to elevate God and His Word above themselves: God guides us as our only authority; God grants us prophets who are spiritual and recognize His true words; God gifts individual believers (elevating prophecy over tongues); and God's goal in the church assembled is a self-controlled harmony and orderly teamwork (avoiding selfishness and chaos).
One of the blessings to be found... is the truth that there are times , even in the very midst of judgement and sorrow, that a message of grace and mercy breaks through the dark clouds of judgement and the gloom. While the storm isn't over, or even while it rages, there is a promise of peace, a promise of protection, a promise of providence. There is hope.
We look again at Psalm 95 and once again consider this call to worship delivered by David to the people. This time we will consider it as both a plea and a command. In light of the sin of this culture, this is the time to once again heed the call to worship He that has made us.
What is clean and what is unclean? How clean is God? God demanded that the priest and everything in the temple be clean. It is so important to know the difference between between the holy and the profane!