Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 10:14 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.” -1 Corinthians 10:14
Idolaters lower God from Who He really is to how they want Him to be. They create a warped view of God, bring Him down to who they are. God is holy and God hates sin. In our depraved mind, we try to justify sin. (Psalm 50:16, Romans 1:21-23)
Evening Worship | Leviticus 24:1-23 | Pastor Steve Wainright
vs. 1-4: Golden Lampstand
The oil represents the Holy Spirit, Who is the only one Who can illuminate our hearts. The Spirit of God lights the path and shows us the way to go through the Word. (Psalm 119:105; John 8:12; John 1:4, 9; 2 Corinthians 4:4-6; Psalm 18:28, 27:1; 1 John 1:8-10)
vs. 5-9: Table of Showbread
vs. 5- fine flour=without lumps=without sin; 12 loaves=tribes of Israel; humankind
vs. 7- Frankincense emits sweet aroma when burned.
vs. 9-eat together=fellowship with
*Only Christ can satisfy permanently and eternally. (John 6:51)
vs. 10-23: Shows God’s equity in judgment and that He is the righteous Judge.
*God is light. He gives life. He sustains life. He judges life. All of this is for His glory.
Sunday School | Psalm 25:1-22 | Bro. Steve Dawson
“Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.” -Psalm 25:4
When asked how the Lord teaches us, various youth at NLBC answered, “Through His Word, discipline, people you meet, more mature Christians, problems and suffering.” When David asked the Lord to teach him in vs. 4, he wanted the Lord to bring these things into his life if they made him know Christ better. Why did David want the Lord to do all this? For His glory! (vs. 11)
Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 7:10-16 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“…God has called you to peace.” -1 Corinthians 7:15
vs. 10-11- Charge to married Christians // vs. 12-16- Charge to believers married to an unbelievers
*#1 Problem in Marriages: “I.” Change yourself and line yourself up with God’s Word.
*Are you single? Don’t date an unbeliever. Set your standards high.
*A spouse’s faith cannot save their unbelieving spouse. It takes the power of God, but God can use you as an influence in their life.
*The unbelieving spouse does not defile the believer, rather because of the believer, the home and marriage will be blessed. (Genesis 30, Genesis 39, 1 Timothy 1)
*Tips for Living in Marriage with an Unbeliever:
-Don’t nag. (Romans 12:18) -Be patient. -Be kind. -Be prayerful. -Don’t expect them to live like a child of God because they’re not one. -Make your home a little piece of Heaven on earth because that may be all the Heaven they experience. -Win them with your life. (1 Peter 3)
Evening Worship | Leviticus 17:1-16 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” -Galatians 1:3-5
*This begins the second half of the book of Leviticus, which deals with holiness in God’s people (God’s children communing with the Lord and reflecting His glory).
*vs. 1-9- God alone is worthy of our worship (Exodus 20:3-6)
*Ultimately, God is the Giver of all life. Honor God by honoring life.
*Christ gave His life as a gift for us! (Galatians 1:4, 1 John)
*Blood was given for atonement. Are we honoring that life?
He must increase, but I must decrease. -John 3:30
“How much larger your life would be if your self could become smaller in it.” -G.K. Chesterton
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree'” -Galatians 3:13
“Why can we have the tree of life? Because Jesus Christ climbed the cross, the tree of death. And because Jesus climbed the tree of death you can have the tree of life.” -Tim Keller
[via Of First Importance]
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul…” -Psalm 19:7
“Even on days when every cinder in our soul feels cold, if we crawl to the Word of God and cry out for ears to hear, the cold ashes will be lifted and the tiny spark of life will be fanned. For ‘the law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.’” -John Piper
[via GirlTalk’s post “For Our Profit”]
“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” -James 1:12
Yes, he is blessed while he is enduring the trial. No eye can see this till he has been anointed with heavenly eye salve. But he must endure it and neither rebel against God nor turn aside from his integrity. He is blessed who has gone through the fire and has not been consumed as a counterfeit.
When the test is over, then comes the hallmark of divine approval—”the crown of life.” As if the Lord said, “Let him live; he has been weighed in the balances, and he is not found wanting.” Life is the reward: not mere being, but holy, happy, true existence, the realization of the divine purpose concerning us. Already a higher form of spiritual life and enjoyment crowns those who have safely passed through fiercest trials of faith and love.
The Lord hath promised the crown of life to those who love Him. Only lovers of the Lord will hold out in the hour of trial; the rest will either sink or sulk, or slink back to the world. Come, my heart, dost thou love thy Lord? Truly? Deeply? Wholly? Then that love will be tried; but many waters will not quench it, neither will the Roods drown it, Lord, let Thy love nourish mine to the end.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles Haddon Spurgeon, September 15 entry]
I could not decide which sermon to summarize from yesterday, so I give you a snippet from each.
From our Sunday Morning debut of Colossians
“…To the saints and faithful brothersin Christ at Colossae…” –Colossians 1:2
No matter where you are AT, a child of God is always IN Christ! Our citizenship is in Heaven.
From our Sunday Evening series on the Tabernacle
“Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” –Philippians 2:14-15
The lampstand represents the light and life God gives to His people. How bright is your light?