What I Read Today:

Hebrews 7; Acts 5; Amos 3; Psalm 33; 1 Chronicles 14; Genesis 36

The Pastor who married my wife and I was an incredibly gifted man.  He had a bubbly personality and could preach a sermon like very few.  He was dynamic. 

He was moved to a different church by our denomination and replaced with a man who was not as dynamic.  His personality was the opposite of his predecessor.  The congregation began to decrease.

The problem wasn’t what the new pastor was preaching.  His sermons were from the same Bible and were biblically correct.  His bible studies were also biblically correct.  

The problem was his personality.  He just could not be the same dynamic preacher as his predecessor.  He didn’t have that gift.

The problem was the congregation not the pastor.

Hebrews 7 vs. 22-28 tells us what our focus needs to be on.  Our focus in worship is supposed to be about Jesus our great high priest.  It’s supposed to be a celebration of the actions Jesus took to save us.  But what our focus has become about it how entertained we are during worship.  Worship has become about what we get from the preacher not what we give to God.

That’s a problem.

We need to work in our congregations to remind people that the focus of our worship is Jesus.  The focus of our worship is praising the one who sacrificed himself for our salvation.  The focus of our worship is hearing the word of God and learning more about the man from Galilee and the God who loves us!

That is what worship should be about!  Don’t you agree?

3 thoughts on “August 2, 2020

  1. My wife and I left a church once when a new pastor was brought in after about 6 weeks. The new pastor was a very good speaker with a wonderful delivery. While the delivery was great, the message of a convoluted mess and not biblical at all.

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  2. Paul said, because they preferred one over another that they were carnal. One plants, one waters, but God gives the increase. Those who left may have been the shallow ground that lasted only a short while, but, with no depth of earth, the seed could not be sustained. There are two other grounds that the seed cannot grow effectively in: the rock, and the thorny ground. Unfortunately, that’s the truth of it. Only one quarter of the ground sown will be fit for the seed of God. Three quarters of the time, the seed is not allowed to grow and bring fruit.

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