Presentation on theme: "What Needs Changing? Four Common Mistakes. Bored With Order Seek more “spontaneity” or disorder –But, Corinth did not know how to control the disorder."— Presentation transcript:
What Needs Changing? Four Common Mistakes
Bored With Order Seek more “spontaneity” or disorder –But, Corinth did not know how to control the disorder of spontaneity itself – 1 Cor.14 Modern Pentecostalism shows the fallacy of loving spontaneity above content or divine restriction –Order was never a problem –Disorder and spontaneity always puts a church on the decline People become enamored with spontaneity itself and less concerned with content and order
Bored With Sameness Seek for difference for difference’ sake –Nadab and Abihu apparently became bored with the sameness of their order of ritual – Lev.10 There is danger in expecting a change of externals or order to change the heart The gospel itself can NEVER be boring The riches of His grace can never be boring The excitement of transformation of heart and life can never leave us the same
Bored With Settings Seek for different settings for settings’ sake –Again, the setting does not add one thing to the spirit of faith in Jesus In a cave or a house or by a river or in synagogue or temple porch What I bring in my heart and what I do with it from my heart determines what I will carry away from any scriptural, orderly setting –The oratory skill or lack thereof in others can never diminish the glory of Christ in my heart nor add to it –Come with boredom in your heart and all new settings eventually become boring again
Bored With Arrangements Seek for different arrangements for arrangements’ sake –Just proving that we can re-arrange things does not prove that our hearts have been better arranged to exemplify God’s Holiness –Did you arrange your heart to sing from it as if the song reflects your own true thoughts? –Did you arrange your mind around the cross? –Did you arrange your heart to meet God in the throne-room of His grace?
What Needs Changing? More order to how we prepare our hearts for worship More difference in how we draw near to God in our hearts Setting our hearts on things above and entering that setting in The Throne-room of God Arranging our focus to be concerned about what God sees in us individually
Who Goes Away Justified? The critic of others? The critic of structure, order, or arrangements? The bored who come with no personal vision of the Greatness of God? –And who therefore leave as empty as they came? Or, the worshipers of God in spirit and truth? –And who sense their own lowly condition as one who knows their own weakness and failings –And who sense their own desperate need of forgiving grace?