7 39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.41 I receive not honour from men.42 But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.
8 43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
9 45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me.47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
11 # 1 .Some want to serve God their way Big problem: God’s ways are not man’s ways.Isa. 55:8-9Jerm . 10:23Prov. 14:12King Saul. I Sam. 15:22-23
12 #2 . Some want to serve God by doing what others do John 12:42,43Give us a King…that we might beLike the other nations round aboutUs. I Sam. 8:62 John 9Rev. 22:18,19
13 #3 . Some want to serve God by changing God’s Word. Prov. 30:5-6Matt. 15:9I Pet. 4:11Let’s add instrumental music toOur worship…Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16Let’s eat the Lord’s Supper onSat. night. Acts 20:7
14 #4 .Some want to serve God acceptably ..His way! John 9:4Acts 17:11
15 Our worship and service must be in spirit and in truth! John 4:23-24
16 UnacceptableI Cor. 13:1 …1. If one could speak with the tongues of menIf one could speak with the tongues of angelsAnd have not charity (love)he would be as a sounding brass, orA tinkling cymbal.UNACCEPTABLE SERVICE!
17 Unacceptable I Cor. 13:2 ..1. If a person had the gift of prophecy… ..speaking or foretelling for God…2. If a person understood all mysteries3. If a person had all knowledge,4. If a person had faith, so much so that he could remove mountains, andhave not charity, (love) he wouldAccomplish nothing.Unacceptable service
18 I Cor. 13:31. If a person were to bestow, give, allHis goods to feed the poor…a greatWork…tending and serving the poor…2. And, if a person gave his body to be burned, physically die, and not haveCharity (love) it profiteth him nothing.Unacceptable service!
19 Examples of people who served God acceptably 1. Abel…He was righteous. Heb. 11:42. Enoch – He pleased God. Heb. 11:52. Noah-Heir of the righteousness which is by faith. Heb. 11:73. Abraham . Heb.11:.left ..obeyed God.4. Paul “I have “..2 Tim. 4:7,85. Peter 2 Pet. 1:36. Sara ..She judged God faithful. Heb. 11:117. Lydia - Acts 16:14 She attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
20 People who were not acceptable 1. Cain…killed his brother. Gen. 4:8; I John 3:12 who was of that wicked one and slew his brother. Why? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.2. Achan..went to battle..but what he did caused him to be rejected. Joshua 7:203. Judas. An appointee of Jesus…yet,Betrayed the Lord. Matt. 27:3-54. The word of God is so important;John 12:48
21 There is joy and gladness in serving God right! Psalms 122:1
22 How about you? Are you serving God? Are you happy, joyful and full ofGladness by ‘looking unto Jesus”Heb. 12:1-2 and serving theOne who died for you? Rom. 5:8,9
23 Is it possible to serve God acceptably? Yes, even in 2013!
24 Phil. 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord, and again I say, Rejoice! God is so good…let us serveHim !