Bulletin for Sunday 03/21/2010
With Robert Prater
I want to offer some additional thoughts from my sermon on Sunday morning. In our study we noted the example of Nadab and Abihu found in Leviticus 10:1-3 as we talked about the holiness of God and worship to Him. In Leviticus 10:1-2, different versions of the Bible use different translations in this passage. Some use “strange” fire, “profane” fire, and “unauthorized” fire. They are all good translations of the Hebrew word “zoor” but “unauthorized” as used by the NIV is probably the best. “Unauthorized” makes the point that Nadab and Abihu offered fire in a way that God had not allowed for true and acceptable worship. God gave specific instructions to the priests about how to conduct the various elements of worship.
Consider when the Lord was speaking about the altar: “You shall not offer strange incense on it, or a burnt offering, or a grain offering; nor shall you pour a drink offering on it.” (Exodus 30:9) God told the Priests not to offer strange or unauthorized (same word) incense on the altar of incense. Furthermore, God commanded that they were to take a “censer full of burning coals of fire from the altar before the Lord….” (Lev. 16:11-12)
This is not what Aaron’s sons did. What had God said about His commands? “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.” (Deut. 12:32) Nadab and Abihu did not follow the instructions of God regarding worship. Had they done so, their worship would have been true and acceptable to the Lord. They missed the mark and took fire from another source, they sinned. When they sinned they died before the Lord. This is not to say that people today who offer false worship to God are struck dead on the spot. That didn’t even always happen under the Mosaic Law. It is to say, though, that true worship matters enough to God that He did respond in this way.
Recently I was having a discussion about the use of instrumental music in worship. The advocate of the addition acknowledged that singing was scriptural, but he saw nothing wrong with the addition of the instrument. After sharing with him several reasons why we would not add to what God has given us, he said, “Show me the verse where God says it is wrong.” To be honest, there is no such verse.
However, in reality, asking for a prohibition is asking the wrong question. We should not be asking what we should not do. Rather we should ask what we should do. What does God tell us to do? When we discover what that is, we should be content to do what God has told us to do and nothing more.
With the respect to the kind of music the Christian is to offer to God, the New Testament specifies vocal singing only. (cf. 1 Cor. 14:15; Eph. 5:18-19; Col. 3:16; Heb. 13:15; James 5:13) Not to mention the example of the early church and its subsequent history for its first millennium. Again, no it never mentions the instrument to condemn it. But more importantly, it never mentions the instrument to approve it. And that it seems is a more important consideration.
Incidentally, there was language that was familiar to the Biblical writers that was available had God wanted them to say “play an instrument” or “make music…” The words are found in the Bible in such places as 1 Samuel 19:9, 1 Chronicles 16:5 and Luke 15:25.
This is the reason why when faithful members of the churches of Christ gather together to worship God we praise Him with our voices in singing just as He has instructed us in the New Testament. I look forward to lifting our voices together the next time we meet to worship God.
-- Robert -- email@example.com
FRIENDS & FAMILY DAY
Please keep in mind our upcoming Friends & Family Day on Sunday, April 11. The speaker will be Kent Hartman from Oklahoma Christian University. The theme for the lesson will be “God’s View of Money Matter$.” We will soon have some invitation cards for you to mail and pass out. Let’s all do our part to pray, invite and attend this special outreach event. Keep in mind that we will also have a catered meal by Chicago Street Deli served next door in the Municipal Auditorium.
The LTC Convention is coming up real soon and there is a need for bottled water for our youth to take with them. It may be left in the kitchen. If you have any questions about other things you could do, see Rita Romberg.
REPLINISHING COATS, ETC.
It is the time of year when the retail stores are ready to move out winter merchandise at really good prices. Our coat supply for children thru teens, as well as a supply of hats, scarves and gloves was depleted at the last coat give away. Please remember this when you are out and about. Garage Sales will be in full swing very soon.
Gene Norton has been suffering with kidney stones for the past several days.
Ruth Guin has also been under the weather at home.
Vesta Mays is now under Hospice Care at Rose Manor, room 404.
Floyd Davis returned home last Friday after rehabilitation at Unity South following hip replacement surgery.
Dennis Jones’s father, Darrell Jones, remains in ICU at OU Medical Center in critical condition. They request your prayers.
Joyce Kelly continues rehabilitation at Golden Rule #116.
Earl Finch was hoping to return home from VA Medical Center this past Monday after spending several weeks.
We need all parents of LTC participants to attend a very important meeting this Sunday evening, March 21, after worship in the basement. We need to get a good count on who plans to go, who plans to drive, who wants a T-shirt, etc. Parents, folks, whoever you are, if you have kiddos going PLEASE PLAN ON BEING AT THE MEETING…PLEASE.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Harold Carothers, Irene Coffman, Juanita Combs, Harold Decker, Earl Finch, Louise Honaker, Nadine Magee, Vesta Mays, Aubrey McNutt, Rachel O’Neal, Polly Reese, Alice Rice, Millie Riley, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Marlene Wadkins, Pat West, (sister of Ruby Holt), Emma White, Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose). All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your interest and prayers.
April 11, Friends & Family Day with Kent Hartman from Oklahoma Christian University, “God’s View of Money Matter$” Chicago Street Deli catered meal at Municipal Auditorium.
April 25, Central Ladies Appreciation Luncheon
May 7-8, Central Men’s Retreat, Quail Ridge Lodge, Tecumseh
June 13-19, Burnt Cabin Camp
July 7-10, Mini-Camp
July 12-16, Central’s VBS
CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
IN NURSING HOMES
SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES
535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804
Ruth Autry, #81
Irene Coffman, #54
Harold Decker, #91
GOLDEN RULE HOME
38801 Hardesty Rd., Shawnee, OK 74801
Joyce Kelly, #116
Millie Riley, #23
ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER
1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804
Fred Bowers, #214
Vesta Mays, #404B
SHAWNEE CARE CENTER
1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804
Harold Carothers, #110
201 W. Walnut (P. O. Box 630)
Tecumseh, OK 74873
Alice Rice, #55
Dessie Weeks, #54
LAST WEEKS RECORD
Bible School 114
Worship Service 195
Sunday Evening 133
Wednesday Evening 103
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Announcements: Bob Stephens
Opening Prayer: Robby Kinsey
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Scripture: Keon Lawrence
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Scott Perry
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Gerald Smith Bob Perry
Keith Lawrence Greg Beal
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Tim McGalliard Geoff Root
Steve Kelly Bob Bivins
Foyer: Steve & Mary Kelly
Elevator: Bob & Ann Bivins
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Carl Weeks
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Bill Lawerance
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Clavin Norwood Dale Beard
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Austin Beard
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297