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1 The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation n Why is it that we do not use instruments of music in our worship?

2 The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation n Why is it that we do not use instruments of music in our worship? n The foundation of all we do is the cross of Christ. (Gal 2:20)

3 The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation n Galatians 2:20 (NKJV) - I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

4 The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation n When you have personally been crucified then whenever you hear of “the cross of Christ” it is significant.

5 The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation n When you have personally been crucified then whenever you hear of “the cross of Christ” it is significant. n There are many within churches who have never been crucified and, as a result, are not Christians and have no understanding or real Christianity. (Gal 6:14)

6 The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation n Galatians 6:14 (NKJV)- But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

7 The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation n The stand of the cross will not be popular with other religious views. (Gal 6:12)

8 The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation n Galatians 6:12 (NKJV) - As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

9 The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation n The cross will bring clarity between the will of Christ and the desires of worldly religion.

10 The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation n The crucified man will stand where the “worldly Christian” will seek a place to hide for the sake of “peace” and “unity.”

11 The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation n The crucified man will stand where the “worldly Christian” will seek a place to hide for the sake of “peace” and “unity.” n I beg you to be crucified! You will be surprised where it will lead you.

12 The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation n The crucified man will stand where the “worldly Christian” will seek a place to hide for the sake of “peace” and “unity.” n I beg you to be crucified! You will be surprised where it will lead you. n The question of our worship to God is clearly a cross issue. Finding fellowship with God and knowing His will is entirely defined by the Cross.

13 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n God has always used the word “covenant” to describe all relationships to Him.

14 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n God has always used the word “covenant” to describe all relationships to Him. n diatheke - 1) a disposition, arrangement, of any sort, which one wishes to be valid, the last disposition which one makes of his earthly possessions after his death, a testament or will 2) a compact, a covenant, a testament 2a) God's covenant with Noah, etc.

15 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n Why was a covenant so significant to Noah? (Gen 6:18)

16 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n Genesis 6:18 (NKJV) - But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.

17 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n God has always required a “shedding of blood” in order for a relationship to exist with Him. (Heb 9:18, 22-23)

18 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n Hebrews 9:18 (NKJV) - Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.

19 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n Hebrews 9:22-23 (NKJV) - And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.23 Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

20 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n As the Jews has a covenant that defined their relationship with God, we as Christians have a better covenant based upon the blood shed at the cross of Christ. (Heb 8:6)

21 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n Hebrews 8:6 (NKJV) - But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.

22 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n Did you remember the “blood of the covenant” when you partook of the Lord’s supper? (Mt 26:28-29; 1 Cor 11:24-25)

23 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n Matthew 26:28-29 (NKJV) - For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

24 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n 1 Corinthians 11:24-25 (NKJV) - and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

25 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n The covenant is extensive and complete. Both the shedding of Christ’s blood and the delivery of the covenant was a “once for all” event. (Heb 9:26-28)

26 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n Hebrews 9:26-28 (NKJV) - He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

27 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

28 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n How many of you would fall for one that claimed that a new sacrifice for our sins needs to be made?

29 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n How many of you would fall for one that claimed that a new sacrifice for our sins needs to be made? n There are three things in this verse that are “once for all,” that is, they will never be repeated or added to.

30 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n The delivery of the covenant was also a “once for all” event. (Jude 3)

31 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n Jude 3 (NKJV) - Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

32 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n It is in this body of truth, “the faith,” that will obey the Lord. (Acts 6:7)

33 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n Acts 6:7 (NKJV) - Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

34 The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the cross n What about those who contend for an ongoing delivery of God’s will?

35 The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His covenant alone n God has clearly revealed the place and time where the old covenant ended. (Col 2:14-17)

36 The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His covenant alone n Colossians 2:14-17 (NKJV) - having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

37 The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His covenant alone n 16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.

38 The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His covenant alone n This plainly shows the scope of a covenant. Worship and service are central issues to a relationship with God.

39 The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His covenant alone n This plainly shows the scope of a covenant. Worship and service are central issues to a relationship with God. n As the Old Covenant was removed at the cross, the New covenant was now in force. (Heb 9:16-17)

40 The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His covenant alone n Hebrews 9:16-17 (NKJV) - For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.

41 The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His covenant alone n Without this knowledge we would have great confusion as we read the Bible.

42 The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His covenant alone n Without this knowledge we would have great confusion as we read the Bible. n Our eternal salvation depends upon out understanding this distinction. (Gal 5:1-4)

43 The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His covenant alone n Galatians 5:1-4 (NKJV) - Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. 2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. 3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.

44 The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His covenant alone n 4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

45 The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His covenant alone n Many Jewish Christians gave into pressure and tried to force Gentile Christians to be circumcised according the Old Covenant.

46 The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His covenant alone n Many Jewish Christians gave into pressure and tried to force Gentile Christians to be circumcised according the Old Covenant. n This was not a matter of traditions or conveniences, but the Cross of Christ itself! (Gal 5:11)

47 The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His covenant alone n Galatians 5:11 (NKJV) - And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased.

48 The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His covenant alone n How many religious practices are based upon the Old Covenant alone?

49 The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His covenant alone n Where in the New Covenant do we read of: tithing, a separate priesthood (clergy), the burning of incense, or the use of instruments of music in praise to God?

50 What does the Cross of Christ teach us about worship? n How should we approach the Lord’s Supper? (Mt 26:26-28)

51 What does the Cross of Christ teach us about worship? n Matthew 26:26-28 (NKJV) - And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 27Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

52 What does the Cross of Christ teach us about worship? n We must remember the reason for why we eat.

53 What does the Cross of Christ teach us about worship? n We must remember the reason for why we eat. n Does the outward form matter? Suppose we substituted hamburger and coke for the “fruit of the vine” and “bread?” n

54 What does the Cross of Christ teach us about worship? n We must remember the reason for why we eat. n Does the outward form matter? Suppose we substituted hamburger and coke for the “fruit of the vine” and “bread?” n Do we change the instructions of the covenant because of human wisdom or convenience?

55 What does the Cross of Christ teach us about worship? n Could we use “bread” and “fruit of the vine” but add some peanut butter to it?

56 What does the Cross of Christ teach us about worship? n Could we use “bread” and “fruit of the vine” but add some peanut butter to it? n How should we praise God in our worship?

57 What does the Cross of Christ teach us about worship? n Could we use “bread” and “fruit of the vine” but add some peanut butter to it? n How should we praise God in our worship? n Under the Old Covenant God gave specific instructions that included both vocal and instrumental music. (2 Chron 29:25-26)

58 What does the Cross of Christ teach us about worship? n 2 Chronicles 29:25-26 (NKJV) - And he stationed the Levites in the house of the Lord with cymbals, with stringed instruments, and with harps, according to the commandment of David, of Gad the king’s seer, and of Nathan the prophet; for thus was the commandment of the Lord by His prophets. 26 The Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets.

59 What does the Cross of Christ teach us about worship? n Why not simply look at every verse in the New Covenant and see what God wants?

60 What does the Cross of Christ teach us about worship? n Vocal Music ? Instrumental Music? n Matthew 26:30 (NKJV) - And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

61 What does the Cross of Christ teach us about worship? n Vocal Music ? Instrumental Music? n Acts 16:25 (NKJV) - But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

62 What does the Cross of Christ teach us about worship? n Vocal Music ? Instrumental Music? n Romans 15:9 (NKJV) - and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written: “For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles, And sing to Your name.”

63 What does the Cross of Christ teach us about worship? n Vocal Music ? Instrumental Music? n 1 Corinthians 14:15 (NKJV) - What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.

64 What does the Cross of Christ teach us about worship? n Vocal Music ? Instrumental Music? n Ephesians 5:19 (NKJV) - speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,

65 What does the Cross of Christ teach us about worship? n Vocal Music ? Instrumental Music? n Colossians 3:16 (NKJV) - Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

66 What does the Cross of Christ teach us about worship? n Vocal Music ? Instrumental Music? n Hebrews 2:12 (NKJV) - saying: “I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.”

67 What does the Cross of Christ teach us about worship? n Vocal Music ? Instrumental Music? n Hebrews 13:15 (NKJV) - Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

68 What does the Cross of Christ teach us about worship? n Vocal Music ? Instrumental Music? n James 5:13 (NKJV) - Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.

69 What does the Cross of Christ teach us about worship? n These questions are made much simpler when seen in the shadow of the cross.

70 What does the Cross of Christ teach us about worship? n These questions are made much simpler when seen in the shadow of the cross.

71 These questions are made much simpler when seen in the shadow of the cross. n Is the blood of the New Covenant sufficient for you? (Heb 13:20-21)

72 These questions are made much simpler when seen in the shadow of the cross. n Hebrews 13:20-21 (NKJV) - Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

73 These questions are made much simpler when seen in the shadow of the cross. n The people who submit to the Great Shepard will be very different from the world.

74 These questions are made much simpler when seen in the shadow of the cross. n The people who submit to the Great Shepard will be very different from the world. n Are you ashamed of the Cross or boldly carrying it? (Gal 6:12, 14)

75 These questions are made much simpler when seen in the shadow of the cross. n Galatians 6:12 (NKJV) - As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

76 These questions are made much simpler when seen in the shadow of the cross. n Galatians 6:14 (NKJV) - But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.


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