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Summary: 7 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-VII—John 2:12-25

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Some Dynamics Of Public Worship

Attention:

Describe the outward physical ‘trappings’ of worship—types/styles/setting targets/music/chosen frozen/emotionally driven, etc.

What do each of these(& more) say to others?

Public worship can & does present definite challenges!

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 denied, will keep our church & the public from being able to fully worship in s(S)pirit & truth!

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

Public Worship is to be free from impropriety.

OR

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

When is public worship consonant(agreeable/harmonious)?

Some Challenges to (consonant/harmonious/agreeable)public worship.

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

1. OCCASION(:13)

2. INVITATION(:13-14)

3. PROTECTION(:15)

4. RESONATION(:16-17)

5. AUTHORIZATION(:18-19)

6. REPLACEMENT, RESTORATION & FOCUS(:19)

7. IMPLICATION(:20)

8. REALIZATION(:21-22)

AND where there is IMPLICATION(:20) & REALIZATION(:21-22) in Public Worship, there is also...

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

COMMUNICATION(:23)

Explanation:(:23)Proof/Conviction

:23—“Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did.”

“Perhaps more than concluding 2:13-22, these verses commence the Nicodemus narrative”—Andreas J. Köstenberger; D. A. Carson; F. F. Bruce

Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time the Passover feast was being held.

The Jews who came to Jerusalem to participate in the Passover witnessed “His signs.” Jesus did “signs” in Jerusalem “during” the Passover “feast.” Because of His “signs” many people put their faith in Him.

Upon a cursory reading, one would think that these who “believed in His name” not only witnessed the “signs” but recognized them, putting them into effect in their lives so that they repented & trusted Jesus!...

However,. :24-25 seem to discount the “belief”(faith) of these as merely superficial! “Jesus made a clear distinction between those who were superficially impressed because they saw the bare signs & those who penetrated beneath the surface & grasped the truth that was signified by the signs.” The authority to become children of God as in Jn. 1:12, “involves unreserved personal commitment,” something at disparity with what is declared in Jn. 2:23-25.—F. F. Bruce

Admiration of the spectacular yields applause from many.

“To exercise faith on the grounds of having witnessed miraculous signs is precarious.”—D. A. Carson

“Signs are done in order to strengthen true, saving faith.” “Of themselves they do not create faith. The Holy Spirit must do this.”—William Hendriksen


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