Today begins the 31 days of October writing challenge. I’m using one word prompts at Five minute Friday this year and my posts will be related to faith. Today’s word is worship. I’m also linking up with Sunday Thoughts
I’ve just begun reading Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s new book (Adorned) as a part of the Titus 2 ministry at church. Two chapters in and I’m in love. My thoughts today will bounce off of some of her ideas about doctrine in Chapter 2.
He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound[g] doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. Titus 1:9
But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Titus 2:1
Yes, these are instructions for or qualifications for our church leaders, but they are also for us. While we are to work out our own salvation, we are to do it with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12). I think sometimes we forget the fear and trembling part. We, in our human wisdom disregard the hard things of Scripture. We want our christian walk to be easy or kind so we excuse things the bible says because they’re hard. Yes they are, but that doesn’t negate them. He cannot mean for us to pick and choose the parts of Scripture we like and disregard what we don’t. All Scripture is God breathed. We must look at the totality of scripture even when we don’t like it.
We should be examining the Scriptures for sound doctrine. This gives us a good basis for our life of worship. Realizing the sovereignty of God. That He ordains all things to helps us grow. God doesn’t mean for our life to be easy, he means for it to glorify Him. And sometimes that isn’t easy. Sometimes it downright hard! But, it’s through the hard stuff that we grow.He ordains all things, even the hard stuff, to help us grow Click To Tweet
If we are no different than the world what good is that? When we excuse behavior taught by Scripture to be wrong, we are giving our Lord a bad testimony and are doing a disservice to our fellow man. No, I’m not talking about the good we desire to do but cannot do because of our sin. (Romans 7:19). I’m talking about those things we disregard because we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. Because in our own minds a good God could certainly never mean that.Our worship is not about us, it's about Him Click To Tweet
We cannot let the wind toss us to and fro. As Christ followers, we must follow his word to the best of our human ability. Even if we think it’s hard or unfair or cruel. We must realize that it’s not about us, it’s about Him. This is our worship. To obey in faith that we may grow in He may be glorified.
I realize right out of the gate, I may turn people off. That’s okay. Sound doctrine is one of those things that cannot be compromised. Yes, of course God’s grace is sufficient. His grace can cover a multitude of sins, but if we want to live in the fullness of Christ, sound doctrine is necessary.
For those who might be interested. Shane is writing in his new space about Christ in the Old Testament.
I’m going back to add a hymn since the series took this turn.
Holy Bible, Book Divine
Holy Bible, book Divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine;
Mine to tell me whence I came;
Mine to teach me what I am.
Mine to chide me when I rove;
Mine to shew a Saviour’s love;
Mine art thou to guide my feet;
Mine to judge, condemn, acquit.
Mine to comfort in distress;
If the Holy Spirit bless;
Mine to shew, by living faith,
Man can triumph over death.
Mine to tell of joys to come,
And the rebel sinner’s doom;
Holy Bible, book Divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine.