The world of worship is rapidly changing but are the new innovations sanctioned by the Word of God? Worship style is not good just because it is new, nor is it right just because it is a practice of long standing. Rather, is it approved of God?
Jesus taught that true worship must be “in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24) To worship “in spirit” means that it must come from our inner self, that is, our heart. To worship “in truth” means that our worship must conform to God’s revealed truth.
In the current struggle over worship style we should not ask, “Does it suit my personal taste?” Nor “Is it meeting my felt needs?” Nor “Is it something I’m comfortable with?” But rather, “Is it sanctioned by God’s Word?”
Helping others is very much a part of Christian living. Paul wrote to the churches at Galatia: “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:10) James tells us: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this: To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27)
We have many opportunities to practice pure religion by helping others. One way in which we can help the fatherless is through support of the Southeastern Children’s Home. At this time of year they have a fundraising drive called: Change For Children. Many of us picked up a can a few months back. It is now time to return them. Next Sunday, September 30, is the deadline.
If, like some of us, you did not get as many coins in the cans as you would have liked, feel free to put a check or some folding money in.
This Tuesday, September 18, we would like for as many of our senior adults as can to meet in the fellowship hall from 10 – 11am in order to discuss an approach to evangelistic outreach. It will be a time in which we can share ideas with each other and come up with a good plan. Hope to see you then.
All men of the congregation, remember our men’s business meeting on the 5th Sunday of this month, September 30. Jimmy Snow, one of our deacons, has recently accepted the responsibility for the oversight of our physical facility. He would like to hear about everyone’s ideas and concerns. This will be the major topic for discussion at this business meeting. Anyone who will not be at the meeting, feel free to share your ideas or concerns with Jimmy prior to the meeting.
The Cary church of Christ Youth Rally, which some of you attend each year, is scheduled for September 21-22. The deadline for online registration ends today. Register at: carychurchofchrist.org.
We are beginning a Seniors Bible Class with an emphasis on evangelism. I would like to meet with all who are interested in participating on Tuesday morning September 18 at 10am – 11am. This will be a planning meeting in which we will discuss our individual ways of making the class a success: 1- We will talk about what we can do in order to bring visitors. One or two have already expressed an interested in door knocking. For those who are not comfortable or able to door knock there will be other suggestions 2- We will talk about how each of us can participate both during the class and during the period following the class 3- We will also talk about follow up – both who should follow up and how it is to be done.
The class itself will be on Tuesdays 10am–11am on September 25 and run for eight weeks until November 13. While the class is called a Seniors Bible Class anyone is welcome to participate. We just recognized that for the most part seniors are the only ones available during the day.
The class will be confrontational but we are to be very careful that we are not. Sounds like a contradiction. How is it possible to have a class that both confronts and challenges people’s religious thinking and at the same time not be confrontational ourselves? Well, it could be tricky but here’s how: We are going to let the words of Jesus and the apostles confront the status quo. We will point out the words of Jesus and let the class elicit the meaning then raise the question of how that relates to some current religion belief or practice.
Evangelism should always be a priority of God’s people. Who better to lead the way in evangelism than the senior members of the church – with this in mind I would like to begin a senior’s outreach group.
I would like to start a Seniors Bible Class with the primary emphasis on inviting our peers to a class that will challenge the religious status quo of our community. The class will be based on Bible texts in which Jesus and the apostles confronted the religious thinking of their day. The goal of the class will be to show how those same Bible texts are also a challenge to the religious beliefs held by many today.
I have in mind that our first meeting will be just for us in order to get organized and determine how best to get other seniors to attend. Let me hear from you on this matter.