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Preaching

Preaching

Do you take preaching seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While they will indeed pay attention and perhaps even take a few notes during the sermon, it seems that few understand and appreciate what actually happens when the Bible is preached by men who are sufficiently gifted and duly approved and called to the sacred office.

If more Christians did take preaching seriously, they would not only attend unto preaching with diligence, preparation, and prayer but they would also receive, meditate upon, and allow the truths preached to bring forth fruits of repentance, faith, and holiness in their lives.

God calls you to take preaching seriously:

“For this reason we also thank God without ceasing: because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.” (1 Thess. 2:13)


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Sabbath

Sabbath

Do you take the sabbath seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While most will indeed attend an hour-long worship service each week, there are very few who consciously and consistently set aside an entire twenty-four hour period each week for rest, worship, and ministry.

If more Christians took seriously God’s command to remember and keep holy the sabbath day, the stores and restaurants would be empty, the houses of worship and prayer would be filled, the orphans and widows would be visited, and the saints would be refreshed and rewarded.

God calls you to take the sabbath seriously:

“If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable, and shall honor him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in the LORD…” (Isaiah 58:13-14)


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Worship

Worship

Do you take worship seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While most of them do attend the weekly service of their church, many do it only out of custom and merely go through the motions of worship (while their hearts remain far from God).

Even those who attend for the right reasons, are often unable to experience the power and presence of God because the service itself has not been regulated according to scripture and is not conducted in a decent and orderly manner.

God calls you to take worship seriously:

“Honor and majesty are before him; strength and power are in his sanctuary.  Give to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!  Tremble before him, all the earth.” (Psalm 96:6-9)


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Baptism

Baptism

Do you take baptism seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. Whether one believes in infant baptism or believer’s baptism, it  seems that most Christians believe that baptism is as a religious rite which is once to be received and then may be forgotten.

If Christians were to remember their baptism more often and especially that glorious name into which they were baptized, they would be more conscious of their identity, more diligent in mortifying the flesh, and more careful to walk in newness of life.

God calls you to take baptism seriously:

“Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we were buried with him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3-4)


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Communion

Communion

Do you take communion seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. Even in the days of the apostles, there were some who approached the Lord’s Supper in an unprepared and unworthy manner. This not only prevented them from enjoying full communion with Christ, but some even became sick and died as a result.

While the Bible clearly states this somber fact, it seems that most Christians have chosen to avoid such uncomfortable thoughts.  Many continue to approach the Lord’s Supper in a casual and even nonchalant manner, rather than with humble hearts and godly fear.

God calls you to take communion seriously:

“Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.” (1 Corinthians 11:27-29)


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Prayer

Prayer

Do you take prayer seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While most will perhaps ‘say their prayers’ before dinner or before bed, it seems that few (if any) spend significant and soul-searching time with the Lord in prayer.

If more Christians did seek the Lord’s face daily in prayer, they would not only feel God’s comforting presence, but also be filled with emotional peace and spiritual power as they face their daily trials, temptations, crosses and losses.

God calls you to take prayer seriously:

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)


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