On this morning, as the gulf coast awaited the landfall of Hurricane Ida, Brother Danny’s message from Psalm 92 reminds us that we should delight in worshiping our God, no matter our circumstance. Likewise our worship should not be intermittent. Rather is should be ongoing, and it should reflect that God is our first priority. Finally, when we are facing life’s storms, our worship will demonstrate that we have been touched by God’s greatness.
This morning, Brother Danny shared with us a beautiful passage from Psalm 119, verses 9 through 16. In this passage the Psalmist wrote about the Incredible Word of God. We are reminded the the Word of God brings power for the believer in times of temptation. As we read and study God’s Word, it changes our hearts, and enables us to stand in the face of the assaults of the world. God’s Word brings joy to the heart of the believer. As we spend time in the Word, we are reminded of God’s fathfulness in keeping His promises to His children. Finally, the Word brings wisdom into the life of the believer. As we encounter God in His Word, we are shown how to live a life that is pleasing to Him.
This morning, Brother Danny shared with us the important Message that Paul had for Timothy, recorded in 2 Timothy 2:1-6, that discipleship is difficult. First, discipleship is only possible by God’s grace. We cannot come to faith through our own efforts, nor can we grow in our relationship with the Lord through our own strength. It is only by God’s grace, and through the power of the Holy Spirit that we can be disciples. Second, discipleship results in hardship. Throughout his time with the 12, Jesus repeatedly let them know that being His follower was going to come with difficulty. Paul taught the same to Timothy and the church. Finally, because of that hardship, discipleship requires endurance. By God’s grace, and through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we can endure the hardships and difficulties that are before us in the walk of discipleship.
This morning, Brother Danny continues the “Why Are We Here” series, following-up from worship to discipleship. As he shared from Isaiah 26, verses 7 through 9, Danny pointed out three truths about the desire to follow God. First, the desire to follow God can only be built upon trust in God. No natural man will ever desire to follow God in his life. That desire will only be found in the Christian. The desire to follow God is shaped by a hunger to really know him. As the Christian walks with Christ more and more, we realize how little we know him. Finally, in response to that faith that we have placed in God, and to the desire to know him more, we develop the desire to follow Him by dilligently seeking Him in all of our activities, not just when we come to church on Sunday.
This morning, Brother Danny shared from Psalm 92, verses 1 through six, to demonstrate how our personal worship reflects what we really believe about our Lord. When we have personal worship, it shows that we delight in worshipping our God. Corporate worship is wonderful, but it should not be the only time we praise God. When our personal worship is ongoing, it demonstrates how vital it is to our lives. IF we make a regular practice of praising God in our personal lives, it will change the way we think about worship. And finally, a consistent and ongoing personal worship will reveal that we have been touched by the greatness of our God. Even though this is all predicated on haging a personal worship time and practice, it will be shown in the ives that we lead on a daily basis.
This morning, Brother Danny shares Psalm 96 with us, to help us determine what Whole-Hearted Worship is supposed to look like. There were four key points to the message this morning: 1. Whole-hearted worship is God-honoring. We should always be careful to enthusiastically praise God, because He is worthy of all honor. 2. Whole-hearted worship is filled with joy. Even in the toughest of times, our worship should be filled with notes of joy. 3. Whole-hearted worship is bursting with hope. We need to gratefully embrace the hope that God offers when the world threatens us with despair. 4. Whole-hearted worship is a pathway to sharing. We need to share the works of the God that we worship with a world that has no Idea who God is.
This morning, Brother Danny shared with us from John chapter 4, verses 19 through 24. In this familiar passage, Jesus shares with the Samaritan woman of Sychar concerning worship. The worship of the Samaritans was built upon ignorance, focused on a place, and it was a religion based on humanity. We need to avoid these traps of false worship, an instead, offer the kind of worship that Jesus says is acceptable and God honoring. When we worship in spirit and in truth, we are fully engaged in the only worship that truly honors God.
This morning, Brother Danny shared with us from a wonderful passage in the Book of Revelation, Chapter 19, verses 1through 6, explaining the relvance of worship in the Christian life. As we study this passage, we can see four important principles about worship that God’s people need to hold very closely. First, Worship serves to remind us that God is Glorious and Powerful. Second, Worship reminds us that He is True and Just. Thisrd, Worship serves as a reminder to God’s children that Salvation belongs to Our Lord. And finally, Worship reminds us that our God reigns forever. Halleluja!
This morning, Brother Bill shares with us the conclusion of Hebrews chapter 12. In verses 18 through 28, the writer of Hebrews concludes his discussion of how the Christian should live, based on the fact that, because of Christ, we are now citizens of a kingdom that will not be shaken, that will not be destroyed, and that will last forever.
This morning, Brother Danny shared with us the key to joy found in Isaiah chapter 35. In this passage, there are four promises found for the Christian to hold onto and unlock the joy of the Christian life. These promises are first, that God’s glory will wone day be revealed. Second, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we have the promise of mutual encouragement. Third, we have the promise of hope for the possibilities of the future. Finally, we have the promise of God’s continuing grace as we live out our lives awaiting the return of our Lord and Savior.