Sunday School | Luke 14:15-24 | Bro. Roger Harden
“…‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’” -Luke 14:20b
vs. 18-20- On making excuses: As a Christian, are you rejecting Christ’s invitation to spend time with Him and fellowship with Him in His Word? Do you enjoy spending time with Him? He will make time for you to make time to spend time with Him. He is jealous for our affections.
vs. 21- We are spirtually poor, crippled, blind and lame. That’s who we are before God without Christ. (Luke 18) We must get a right view of God’s holiness and justice.
vs. 24- GO out and share the Gospel.
Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 11:17-22 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.” -1 Corinthians 11:22
The Lord’s Supper is one of two ordinances given to believers (the other being baptism). It’s a law to keep, a command, not an option.
vs. 17- Paul comes down hard on the Corinthians, reminding them to practice the Lord’s Supper when they are assembled.
vs. 18- Their division is a social issue. Some didn’t associate with others. Solution: Live the truth that the ground is level at the cross. (Ephesians 2:14-18) The Corinthians were building the wall back up that Christ had broken down. Believers help believers because they have all things in common (Acts 2:44).
vs. 19- There must be differences of opinion among you. Why? To accomplish God’s purpose.
Why are there problems in churches? It’s a necessity. It manifests the good. Only through the difficult times do you see the good shine through. Are there squabbles? You get to find out who the peacemakers are. You would never know the love of God if there was no sin in the world. (Isaiah 53:10)
God tests our hearts. (1 Thessalonians 2:4, James 1:12) Divisions are for a purification process. (Titus 3:10, Luke 17:1-2)
vs. 20-22- The Lord’s Supper is invalid when this happens and brings shame to the name of the Lord. You might as well go home if you’re going to cause dissension.
Do you despise the church of God? Your actions will tell.
Evening Worship | Numbers 1:1-54 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“So all those listed of the people of Israel, by their fathers’ houses, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go to war in Israel— all those listed were 603,550.” -Numbers 1:45-46
One big family (Israel) is counting who can be counted on to go to war. Members of churches should be able to be counted on, even when the going gets tough. This shows their committment. If you are committed to the Lord, you will be committed to one another. Membership is committment. It’s being involved. It’s a privilege to belong.
We don’t need 603,550 men to stand and fight for us. We have One who ever lives and pleads for us. He committed His life for us so that we could be free. Is your life committed to Him? Is your life, therefore, committed to one another?