The Moore American

November 26, 2013

Worship should be ‘in truth’

By H.D. Matheson
The Moore American

MOORE — Good morning Moore American readers. Thank you for joining us today, those who are diligently seeking things from the spiritual realm.

We would like to take some time in the next few weeks and share some thoughts with you to help you get to know the East Ridge Church of Christ better.

One thing we want you to know that is really important with the congregation that meets here is that we want our worship to be in spirit and in truth. Remember how Jesus tells the woman of Samaria in John 4 that “God is spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (v.24).

Sometimes the world tends to get lost in the “spirit” part of worship and forgets the “truth” part — that is, they put the spirit into the worship but go off on their own and end up following “the doctrines and commandments of men” (Mark 7:7). Of course, the tendency to follow what seems good to man has always been a problem. Remember Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu over in Leviticus chapter 10? They offered “strange fire” before the Lord, yet God was extremely displeased with their worship. They had invented something new God had not demanded.

So our ambition at East Ridge is to make sure our worship is in “truth.” Jesus reminds us in John 17:17 that “thy word is truth.” So we exercise great diligence in our worship “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line” (Isaiah 28:10) with the Word of God. But I should add that true worship also must be in “spirit.” After all, in the beginning mankind was given His Spirit (Genesis 1:26-27; James 3:9). Both “spirit and truth” are necessary.

According to Paul’s instructions to the Corinthians, we also “give” on the Lord’s Day. Paul says, “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).

A male member will preach, following the example of Acts 20:7 “upon the first week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them.”

Something different about the churches of Christ (Romans 16:16) than most churches is the “breaking bread” that Luke mentions by inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16) in Acts 20. The early disciples met on the first day of the week to break bread – that is, for the Lord’s Supper. Paul’s writings in 1 Corinthians 11:20-29 describes that supper.

East Ridge church of Christ, 728 S.E. 12th St. Moore, offers services at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.