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Summary: 2 of 7. Jesus made it plain that the temple worship had become tainted with improprieties. Public Worship is to be free from impropriety. But What is consonant with public worship? A challenge to (harmonious)public worship is its...

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CHALLENGES To/For PUBLIC WORSHIP-II—John 2:12-25

DYNAMICS Of PUBLIC WORSHIP

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Legend of ‘FB’s BBQ & Grill’—

The local Southern Baptist Church(First Baptist) needed to pay off their long-standing indebtedness. The leadership, losing their patience, decided they needed to ‘go public’ as it were, & held a public BBQ. It was a huge success! In fact it was so successful that they began having a yearly BBQ contest which continued to grow exponentially every year. Their debt was quickly paid off & they even began to have surplus money available for the first time since anyone could remember! The growth compelled them to build a series of buildings specifically for the contest. The BBQ eventually came unto its own, with the church fading entirely out of the picture, & the business calling itself, ‘The First Baptist BBQ & Grill,’ later shortened to ‘FB’s BBQ & Grill.’

The Church can be tempted toward many directions regarding the manner & message of its Public Worship. There are real Challenges to bringing about Public Worship!...There are dynamics which, if we deny, will keep our church & the public from being able to fully worship in s(S)pirit & truth!

Need:

Disappointment with your worship experience.

Restoring Propriety/Precedence to Worship

Jesus made it plain that the temple worship had become tainted with improprieties.

Public Worship is to be free from impropriety.

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There is to be consonance(agreeability with God) in public worship.

What is consonant with/to public worship?

When is public worship consonant(agreeable/harmonious)?

Some challenges to (consonant)public worship.

Previously we have found a Challenge to (harmonious)public worship is its...

1. OCCASION(:13)

Furthermore...

2—A challenge to (harmonious)public worship is its...

INVITATION(:13-14)

Explanation:(:13-14)Potential

:13—“Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, & Jesus went up to Jerusalem.”

:14—“And He found in the temple those who sold oxen & sheep & doves, & the moneychangers doing business.”

Jesus entered the temple grounds. ‘Possibly’...in the Court of the Gentiles, businessmen were selling oxen & sheep & doves for sacrifice, presumably unblemished & without spot.

The sale of these animals was(or rather began as) a true service to travelers. Rather than travel with herds of animals which could be injured on the way—& thus possibly be rejected as an inappropriate sacrifice—it was more feasible to carry currency which would be exchanged for the corresponding appropriate currency required for use at the temple.

There were along with the “sellers” of sacrificial animals, people set up within the temple who would exchange one’s foreign currency for that required for use in the temple. Currency representative of a pagan nation would be an affront to God’s holiness.

Mt. 22:15-22—Then the Pharisees went & plotted how they might entangle Him[Jesus] in His talk. And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are true, & teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men. Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus perceived their wickedness, & said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? Show Me the tax money.” So they brought Him a denarius. And He said to them, “Whose image & inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, & to God the things that are God’s.” When they had heard these words, they marveled, & left Him & went their way.”


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