Summary: To be a biblical church we have to stop making excuses for not serving and just get involved.
FOCAL POINT: A BIBLICAL CHURCH
ME: It has been about 10 years ago since I took a speech class in college. At that point in time, I really hated standing up in front of people and talking about anything. In fact, I even skipped class once so I did not have to give a speech. I never would have thought that I would be giving a speech every single week just a few years later. The reason I tell you all of that is because one week when we had to give speeches, a young man who was an orthodox Jew, gave us a speech on the importance of one of the religious elements they use during their times of prayer. They are called “Tefillin” or phylacteries. They are small leather boxes that contain parchments with specific verses from scripture written on them, and they have leather straps that run through the leather boxes. One of the leather boxes is worn on the head between the eyes. The other box is worn on the arm, opposite the heart. Tefillin are worn on the head to remind Jews to subject their thoughts to God’s service, on the arm to remind Jews to subject their deeds to God’s service, and opposite the heart to remind Jews to subject their hearts’ desires to God’s service. And one of the verses contained in their phylacteries is our memory verse for this week. Take a look at Deuteronomy 11:18. Lets read it together with great excitement. “So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.” Go ahead and underline the words, commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine.
WE: How committed to God’s word are you? What do you do to help remind yourself to carry out with all your heart everything that God speaks through the Bible? Do you memorize scripture? Do you maybe write scripture down on 3X5 cards and tape them up around the house? Do you carry Scripture in your wallet or your purse so you can pull it out to remind yourself to live according to the word of God?
GOD: When we commit ourselves wholeheartedly to the word of God, we remind ourselves to subject our entire lives, our minds, our hearts and all of our desires to God’s purposes. And when we subject our entire lives, minds, hearts and desires on God’s purposes, our focus should be on serving God and the best way we can serve God is by serving each other. That is you first fill in. John 15:12-13 in your notes says, “This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
So, if we are to commit ourselves wholeheartedly to the words of Christ, what are we to committed to doing? We are committed to showing love by supporting, comforting, and assisting others in ways that help them experience, understand and get acquainted with Christ better. So to be a biblical church we must come together to support, comfort, and assist others, not to be supported, comforted and assisted. Now maybe you are thinking to yourself that just seems wrong. Shouldn’t we come to church to find help? Shouldn’t we come to church to find assistance? Shouldn’t we come to church to find comfort? Take a look at Acts 20:35 in your notes. Lets read it together. It says, “Remember that our Lord Jesus said, "More blessings come from giving than from receiving." The apostle Paul is telling us that Jesus said, if we want to live happier, more contented, more joy filled lives, if we want to have our needs met, we must be on the giving side more often than the receiving side. More blessings come from giving than from receiving.