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God's Word for the coming week...

Hebrews 10:19-25:  Let us come before the Lord in worship confident in the work of Christ to make us fully acceptable to God.
Dates To Remember...

  • April 22ndRed Bank Community Good Friday Service-This year's service will be held at Tower Hill Presbyterian Church, noon to 3PM.  Charles will be speaking along with six other ministers from our area on “The Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross.” 
  • May 13-14,  Camp Manatawny Area Men's Retreat-More details will be coming with regard to registration, speaker and topic.  Charles will be performing a short classical recital at the retreat on Saturday, May 14th at 11 AM. 
Remember in Prayer...

  • Please pray for Inge Brune and Katie Davison as they continue to work with their doctors.
  • Those in the congregation who continue to deal with health issues, members who are struggling with employment issues, and those among us who are suffering.
  • Please keep our Church Roof Fund Drive in your thoughts and prayers. 

Acceptable Worship

Worship

“Therefore brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we ha e a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith…”.  (Hebrews 10:19-22, NIV). 

What makes our worship “acceptable” to God?  Many pray, “Lord, we pray that today our worship will be acceptable to you,” or some variation of that prayer.  The question presupposes a system whereby we “do something” that makes our worship “acceptable” .

Hebrews teaches us that our “acceptability” before God comes through the work that Jesus Christ has done for us, not something we “add” or “do”.  He opened up the way for us through his body and through his blood.  Through faith in what Christ did, we enter into the “Most Holy Place” into the presence of God.  Moreover, Hebrews goes on to tell us that we “draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:22).  Thus, it is the work of Christ that makes us acceptable to God.  There is nothing else we must do to “gain acceptability.”

When we assemble as a community of faith in Christ to worship God, it is a matter of communally coming before the Lord based on what Christ has already done for us-He has opened the way.  It is not a matter of being concerned with the modality of prayer, music, speaking, of whatever else might happen.  To be concerned with “getting it right,” or to approach the rest of scripture as a “rule book” that prescribes patterns or modalities of worship in order to arrive at acceptable worship to God is to deny the sufficiency of the work of Christ to bring us acceptably, perfectly, and completely into the presence of God for worship.

Today as we assemble, let our confidence in coming before God be found in the work in Christ on our behalf to make us acceptable to God.

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