As we go through life we need to be aware of the relationships we form after being Born again. We have to learn to come out from among the world Spiritually and be careful with relationships (associations) with the people in this world making sure we are not equally yoked. Because the word of God tells us not to love the world nor the things of the world, not to be friends with the world.
I. What we have in common
A. We should sing
*Singing is an important aspect of worship
B. We should sing with melody in our hearts
*Singing should not be a bored, distracted, monotone. We should be actively thinking about what we are singing and our hearts resonating with the truths we are singing.
C. We should sing to one another
*We sing to God; but Paul also teaches that we should sing "to one another"
II. Where we disagree
A. What is the meaning of psalms, hymns, spiritual songs? Is it three distinct kinds of songs, or three kinds of psalms? The case is made for the former and not the latter.
B. Regulative principle
*This principle is discussed at length
*While holding to the principle, there is more freedom that some want to allow.
*We do not expect preaching to simply be a re-reading of a text. We expect exposition. But beyond that, scripture gives us very little specificity and a fair amount of freedom and latitude within the general boundary of "preach the Word".
*The same is true for prayer: We do not expect that the only legitimate prayers are a regurgitation of the Lord's Prayer or other scripture prayers. Rather the boundaries of prayer are the content, the attitude, the kinds of petitions we bring, the God to whom we are praying, the Mediator in whose name we come. Once those boundaries are established, there is freedom and latitude for a variety of expressions and forms and words.
*Why should it be more narrow and restrictive with singing? Whey can't we write hymns and songs that are governed by sound doctrine, just as we expect sermons and prayers?
*Close with an application to Christmas and Easter, and Romans 14.
The latest message from Emmanuel Reformed Church in our ongoing series through the Gospel of John, "Jesus Christ, Son of God and Savior." This morning Pastor Carl looks at John 20:1-10 in a message titled "The Messiah Resurrected."
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In our study, the apostles lead by Peter preach the facts of Jesus being murder by death on the Cross and the reality of His bodily resurrection which "cuts to the heart" of the leaders of Israel. We see their initial reaction being tamed by the worldly (and only partially accurate) wisdom of Gamaliel. But the apostles are still severely persecuted even as they praise God for being worthy to suffer shame for His name.
Also Reference: Acts 5:29, 1 Peter 2:20, 1 Peter 3:14, 1 Peter 4:16-19
Let the Bible Speak - TV Recording 244. Special Speaker: Rev Paul Hanna. Bible reading: Matthew 28 : 1 - 8. Subject: The Evidence of the Empty Tomb. Hymns: How sweet the name of Jesus sounds & I serve a risen Saviour
God is never mentioned in Esther, but He is there! Purim is never mentioned in the New Testament, but is it there? You will be intrigued by; this exposition of The Feast of Purim in Esther, and how its message is at the very heart of the Gospel.
Scripture: Luke 24:1-12,19-27 Text: Matthew 11:29
Sermon CALLED TO PEACEFUL REST: PT 2. POSSIBLE B/C OF EASTER
Points: I. The Instruction of this Encouragement
II. The Humble Basis of this Encouragement
III. The Promise of this Encouragement
TIME FOR SPIRITUAL FOOD AND DRINK
7"But if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.
8 "For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."
9 ¶ Now when He had departed from there, He went into their synagogue.
10 And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"—that they might accuse Him.
11 ¶ Then He said to them, "What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out?
12 "Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."
13 Then He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other.
14 Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him. Matthew 12:7-14
This morning we come to Jesus teaching about the Lord Day, the New Testament sabbath.
The Lord Jesus speaks words that explain our understanding of the Fourth Commandant in the New Testament church. The Fourth Commandant is not abrogated, but it is explained and applied.
One week after Jesus arose from the he appeared again to them where the apostles had gathered. Thomas who had been absent the evening of Jesus resurrection when he had appeared was with them this time. He had expressed skepticism when the Ten had told him they had seen the Lord. This time Thomas is with them! Jesus suddenly appears and said to him: "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe." John 20:27
This morning I would like to look at Jesus's resurrection appearance to Thomas.
Thomas means twin and he was a disciple of Jesus.
After Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared in bodily form and spent 40 days ministering and teaching His Disciples, before He went back to Heaven.
Thomas was not with the disciples on the first resurrection Sunday when they were assembled together and when Jesus appeared to them.
Jesus had predicted that He would die and rise again. His disciples didn't understand that.
Thomas was not the only one that doubted the resurrection.
Thomas loved Jesus, Thomas was loyal to Jesus and he would have been experiencing terrible grief after the crucifixion of Jesus. He'd followed Jesus, and Jesus had died.
But Thomas has gone down in history as the doubter.
Did you know that there are two kinds of doubters in the realm of spiritual truth?
a. Some doubters say I will not believe.
b. There are others that say I don't believe but I'm willing to believe if I can just see the evidence myself.
Some people are satisfied with the testimony of others. Some are not. Thomas was not.
Jesus sends us into the world, just as Jesus sent His Disciples into the World.
In spite of their many failures The Lord was entrusting His Disciples with His Word and His Work.
They had forsaken Him and fled, yet Jesus still commissioned them.
On the day he arose from the dead Jesus of Nazareth the Messiah appear on three different occasions. His second appearance was to the two disciples who were walking back from from Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus. He join them but their eyes were prevented from recognizing them so he could show them his death and resurrection in the revelation God had given in the Law, the Psalms and the Prophets.
Christ is risen indeed, and the Resurrection is decisive for faith. We see in John 20:19-31 the confirmation of faith, the confession of faith, and the confidence of Faith. Christ is risen, Christ is Lord.
Christ rose according to the Scriptures - the Resurrection was foretold. Some of those Scriptures are, like Psalm 30, typology, in which David's experience and his description of it foreshadowed Christ's deeper experience. We see here Messiah's declarattion, Messiah's descent, and Messiah's deliverance.