Summary: When the church removes the central theme and central action of the church it becomes ineffective and nothinig more than a social club. We need to make sure we keep the blood and the cross in the church.
“The Power of the Blood and the Cross”
District Elder M.L. Maughmer, Jr.
1st Corinthians 1:17-18 “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God”.
2nd Timothy 4:1-8 “I charge [thee] therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing”.
“The Power of the Blood and the Cross”
OPENING:- I am still a young man; however, since I was brought up in the church I have a lot of old ways about me. There are aspects of the church that we don’t do much anymore, but I myself look for the time when we shall get back to some of those things. That is a good thing because the Bibles says in Jeremiah 6:16 “Thus saith the Lord, stand ye in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls…..”.
I understand that we are dealing with a new generation and we must change some of our methods in order to be effective in this day and age. We use power points in our praise and worship because it is effective, people that don’t know all the words to the songs can join in and not feel left out because the words are bold right here in front of them that is a good thing. Now this old way that I have is something like this, I like the old songs, I like some of the new ones, but in the old ones there’s substance, there’s meaning, there’s passions, and there’s a message. Based upon my experiences and when I need to truly be uplifted and encouraged I need to go back and grab one of those old songs that just seems to plead my case. Like when I feel like I am struggling and I am walking this walk all by myself. It is then that I go deep into my memory banks and pull out one of those good old songs like “Walk with me Lord walk with me. While I’m on this tedious journey I want Jesus to walk with me. Hold my hand Lord; please hold my hand. Hold my hand Lord; hold, hold my hand. While I'm on this tedious journey I want Jesus to hold my hand”.
There’s nothing wrong with the new songs, but that song is a prayer that comes from deep down on the inside.
LET ME GIVE ANOTHER EXAMPLE:- “There is power power wonder working power in the blood of the Lamb” – That’s a message
“Oh precious is that flow that makes me white as snow no other fount I know nothing but the blood of Jesus – What can wash away my sins nothing but the blood of Jesus”.
“There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins, and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains”
“Alas and did my Savior bleed. And did my Sovereign die. Would He devote that sacred head for such a worm as I. At the cross at the cross where I first saw the light and the burden of my heart rolled away, it was there by faith I received my sight and now I am happy all the day”
The term for that today is called OLD SCHOOL, but that is simply that OLD TIME RELIGION- someone said give me that old time religion it’s good enough for me, the old ways for there you will find rest for your souls.
I said Jeremiah 6:16 said ask for the old paths where is the good way and walk therein, but the end of that verse says “But they said we will not walk therein”.