Audio: King Saul’s Incomplete Obedience

And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of the Lord your God” 1 Samuel 13:13a ESV

It is said of King David that he was a man after God’s heart. King Saul, however, was a king after the flesh. When we examine Saul’s life we find that he meant well, but he often fell short of the mark. His life was characterized by incomplete obedience to God’s will.

In this message we look at three time’s in Saul’s life where he almost obeyed. Sadly, incomplete obedience is really disobedience.

What can we learn from King Saul? Take a listen…

 

Recorded: Sunday August 25, 2013 at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA

 

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1 Corinthians 3:18-23 — The Christian has everything

 

 

Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your’s; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your’s; And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s. 1 Corinthians 3:18-23 KJV

 

To end this section about division in the church, building with God, building for eternity and defiling the church Paul focuses on what we have Christ as opposed to what we don’t have. We should do that from time to time as well.

 

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1 Corinthians 3:17 — Defiling & Defiled

 

 

If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 1 Corinthians 3:17 KJV

 

What happens when a person damages a local church? Is church discipline relevant for 21st Century living?

Watch this vlog to find out.

 

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1 Corinthians 3:12-15 – God’s Church Building Program

 

 

Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 KJV

 

We often hear about church planting programs and it often sounds quite impressive. We plant seeds, we water the seed and God gives the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6). How do things go from the point where the Lord calls people out of the world and establishes a local church??

Watch this video to see how God defines church building. It is important to be clear on what is pleasing to the Lord.

Trust the Lord blesses His word to you.

 

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1 Corinthians 3:4-9 – Workers with God

 

 

For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. 1 Corinthians 3:4-9 KJV

 

When facing the challenge of popularity in your service for God how do you cope? Listen to this vblog to see that the work is really God’s and all glory should go to Him alone. It is a recurring theme in Paul’s letters to the Corinthians.

 

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1 Corinthians 3:1-4 – Big Fat Baby Christians

 

 

And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? 1 Corinthians 3:1-4 KJV

 

Why do christians squabble sometimes?

Grow up you say! Exactly, this is what the Bible teaches. Christians sometimes are still just big babies. Listen to what Paul has to say about this in this week’s passage.

 

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Flashback: This Week Last Year [2012 Week #15]

Facebook buys InstagramThis week last year the world’s number one social media site purchased the widely popular photo sharing service Instagram for an estimated $1,000,000,000 in cash and stock. [source]

Initial reaction on various social media sites was overwhelmingly negative. However one year later Instagram is still growing as fast as ever with over 100,000,000 active users as of February. [source]

During the 15th week of 2012 Digital Sojourner posted a number of interesting articles including:

Enjoy this flashback to 2012 week #15 on Digital Sojourner!

 

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The Reading Meeting

When Christians Gather Together - The Reading MeetingThere is some interest in the “reading meeting” practiced in some assemblies of the Lord’s people. What is a reading meeting? is there Scriptural support for having such a meeting? How would we go about holding one?

Sometimes we refer to the reading meeting as the “Bible study” or the “Bible reading”. It’s an informal round-table discussion of a passage of Scripture. The reading meeting can be an excellent opportunity for teaching in the assembly: the very nature of a reading makes it easy to ask questions, offer corrections, and help one another understand difficult passages.

Of course we ought not consider any sort of meeting without considering what Scripture has to say about it. So let’s ask the most important question, “What does Scripture say?”

 


Why Do Christians Meet Together?


 

Scripture gives several reasons for the assembly to gather:

First, we meet together because the Lord is present in the assembly. The assembly is “a habitation of God in the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22, JND). The Lord Jesus said, “where two or three are gathered together unto my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20, JND). We understand from the epistles that the Lord is with us individually (1 Corinthians 6:19-20): but the teaching of Scripture is clear that the assembly is a place where the Lord is present in an entirely different way. So there’s a sense where we go to the meetings to meet with the Lord.

Second, we meet together to eat the Lord’s Supper. This is taught remarkably in 1 Corinthians: “I do not praise, namely, that ye come together, not for the better, but for the worse… When ye come therefore together into one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s supper.” (1 Corinthians 11:17-20 JND). The apostle writes to the Corinthians like this is a strange thing, that they’d gather not to eat the Lord’s Supper. And the story of Paul’s visit to Troas corroborates this: “the first day of the week, we being assembled to break bread, Paul discoursed to them, about to depart on the morrow. And he prolonged the discourse till midnight” (Acts 20:7 JND). Clearly the early Christians assembled the first day of the week, specifically “to break bread”.

Third, we meet together to edify one another. 1 Corinthians 14:2-5 says, “he that prophesies speaks to men in edification, and encouragement, and consolation. He that speaks with a tongue edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies the assembly” (JND). This is one reason we gather: to edify one another. What is edifying? To edify is to “build up”1. So we gather to build one another up. The idea here is not an ego boost: it’s to encourage one another and help one another grow.

There are other reasons to gather, but three are sufficient for our present purpose. We might consider Matthew 18 as the Lord’s instructions regarding the assembly gathering to settle a dispute between brothers. We might also consider the where a wedding or a funeral fits into the gatherings of the assembly: that would be an interesting discussion in itself.

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Flashback: This Week Last Year [2012 Week #14]

Thomas Kinkade, the painter of lightThis week last year Thomas Kinkade, nicknamed The Painter of Light, died unexpectedly at the age of 54. His iconic paintings were loved my many. Though he had his critics, his commercial success is undeniable. The value of the estate he left behind was estimated to be worth $66 million dollars.

Not surprisingly his death was followed by a court battle as various interests fought over their share of the bounty. See Ecclesiastes 2:18-22. [Sources: Mercury News and CBS SF Bay Area]

During the 14th week of 2012 Digital Sojourner posted a number of interesting articles including:

 

Enjoy this flashback to 2012 week #14 on Digital Sojourner!

 

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NT Tuesday: The Church, The Body of Christ [part 7]

MicrophoneWe continue to explore what the Bible says about the Body of Christ, the Church.

As we continue exploring what the Bible says about the Church, another truth becomes evident. The Body of Christ has priests! Yes, we see that there is a biblical concept of priests found in the New Testament.

Priests play a vital role in the church.

Let’s look at 1 Peter 2:4-9. There we read the following “AS you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ….But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness and into his marvelous light.”

So, since Peter is talking about a group of people being priests, we need to go back to the beginning of the letter to see who this group of people was.

Surely, it must be some select, small, elite group of people if they are going to be addressed as priests! No, in fact, if we go back to the beginning of the letter, we see that the letter is addressed to the “elect exiles of the Dispersion”.

In other words, this letter was written to a large group of Christians scattered all over the region! There is no elitism involved, no special sub-group of Christians, just those born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:3)!

So this letter is a general letter written to all believers, not a letter to a special group of Christians and that means that what is written in this letter must be for all the believers as well.

And that’s where we see some remarkable truths!

Every born again believer has also been made a priest – in fact, each believer has been made into two different types of priests – a holy priest and a royal priest.

As holy priests, we offer up spiritual sacrifices on behalf of others. We can see this in action on the Lord’s Day when the brothers in the meeting exalt the Lord Jesus while remembering Him and proclaiming His death.

As royal priests, we proclaim the glories of God to others. This can be seen as we present our bodies as a sacrifice to God and proving what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. This can be seen as we speak well of the Lord Jesus to others and as we speak well of the Body of Christ. God is not glorified when we speak ill of fellow believers.

We are blessed beyond measure.

We are part of the Body of Christ, members joined together with the Head, and now we find out that we are also priests, privileged to offer up sacrifices to God on behalf of others and to proclaim His glories to others. Let’s exercise our priestly responsibilities and in doing so, by God’s grace, may we bring glory to Him.

 

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