Issue No. 2/2018 14 January 2018 TRUE WORSHIP UNDER THE NEW COVENANT Owen D. Olbricht (Tru

Issue No. 2/2018 14 January 2018


TRUE WORSHIP UNDER THE NEW COVENANT
Owen D. Olbricht (Truth for Today)

We have learned that the Jews’ worship of idols and the use of pagan practices in the worship were unacceptable to God. The God of the Bible is a jealous God (Exo. 20:3-5) and the only true God. He alone is to be worshiped, and only in the way He has specified.
Paraphrasing Deuteronomy 6:13 and 10:20, Jesus stated, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only” (Matt. 4:10). All other gods are excluded. Worshipers are to worship God only and do what is commanded by Him. Moses warned,

You shall not follow other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who surround you, for the Lord your God in the midst of you is a jealous God; otherwise the anger of the Lord your God will be kindled against you, and He will wipe you off the face of the earth (Deut. 6:14, 15).

THE BOUNDARIES OF WORSHIP
God revealed through Moses that the people of Israel were “to keep all His statutes and His commandments” (Deut. 6:2). This statement means that they were to obey all—no less than what God commanded. They are not to pick and choose, but were to observe every command that was revealed in God’s law.
Further, Israel was to follow only what God commanded. “So you shall observe to do just as the Lord your God commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right or to the left” (Deut. 5:32). The word “just” here means “only.” They were to observe only what God commanded. This message was repeated numerous times to Israel and was also directed to Israel’s kings (Deut. 17:20; 28:14; Josh. 1:7; 23:6; Prov. 4:27).
They were not to add to or diminish from God’s commandments. “You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you” (Deut. 4:2; see also 12:32; Prov. 30:6).
God specified that the people were not to add to or take away from His commandments. The reason for this was to ensure that His commandments would be kept (Deut. 4:2). Any additions to what God commanded were human preferences and not God’s commandments. If anyone observed additions, he was not obeying God. Anyone who diminished from God’s commandments failed to do all that God required, so he was not obeying God.
Jesus taught the same principle for those under the new covenant. He said that His followers were to teach those who became His disciples “to observe all that I commanded you” (Matt. 22:18, 19). Some have stated that this applies only to Revelation. In context, that is true, but does God think more of that book than the other books of the Bible? Is it wrong to add to and take away from the book of Revelation but acceptable to add to and take away from other Scriptures?
Paul wrote concerning the “gospel,” which must include Christian principles (1 Tim. 1:9-11), that those who teach another gospel are accursed (Gal. 1:8, 9). John addressed this matter by writing, “Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 9). Jesus stated that those who worship God must worship Him “in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). God has set limits, and those who seek to obtain salvation must remain within these limits (Heb. 5:9). The same is true for those who want to worship Him properly.
Those who introduce into worship practices that God has not mentioned imply that God has not revealed everything we are to use in worship. Such an attitude denies the completeness of God’s revelation.

WORSHIP IN TRUTH
Worship under the new covenant must be according to the truth that Jesus revealed. The Samaritan woman who met Jesus at Jacob’s well questioned Him concerning the place of worship. The Samaritans worshiped on Mount Gerizim, but the Jews worshiped in Jerusalem.
Jesus pointed out that worship in Jerusalem was right. He said concerning the Samaritans’ worship in relationship to Jewish practices, “You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews” (John 4:22). A change would soon come, when true worshipers would worship “in spirit and truth” (John 4:23, 24). Worship “must” be in spirit and truth. No options are allowed. The implication is clear: The Samaritans were not true worshipers. They believed in the same God as did the Jews, but they were worshiping in the wrong place.


K. L. FAMILY NEWS

THEME
Our theme for January is “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:16-18).

PRAYERS
Please pray for sis. Sue Trice (treatment for cancer), bro. Ron Ying (successful healing), bro. Charlie Chan (recovery from spinal injury) and bro. Eddy Ee (health).

FRIDAY BIBLE CLASS
Bro. Ganga will be teaching on the Book of 1 Peter on 19 January 2018 at 7.00pm – 8.00pm.

SPEAKER FOR 21 JANUARY 2018
Bro. Ganga will be speaking on the topic of “A Heart of Gratitude” (Psa. 100) on 21 January 2018.

NOMINATIONS
As the new year begins, we are distributing our nomination forms for the coming AGM. Kindly fill up the forms and hand it to the church office by 14 January 2018 so that we can prepare for the election of office bearers.

THANKS
We thank all those who contributed food for the Congregational Meeting last Sunday.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Happy 32nd wedding anniversary to bro. Chee Keong and sis. Anita on 18 January 2018. May God shower His loving care upon them and grant them more anniversaries to come.

AWAY
Bro. Robert and sis. Irene Ong are away in China and will be back on 28 January 2018. Remember them in your prayers.

VISITORS/VISITING BRETHREN (LAST WEEK)
Friday Bible Class – Mdm. Hong (KL)
English Worship – Mdm. Hong (KL), bro. Chandran (India), bro. Ng Yeow Kong (Klang)


SERMON FOR TODAY

Speaker: Mark Collins
Title: Practicing our Religion Daily


Those to Serve 14 January 21 January

Song Leader Ganga Chee Keong
Opening Prayer Chee Keong Patrick Chew
Lord’s Table Rajandran Robert Ong
Server Yixen Yap Ah Peng
Reader Tony Lye Yixen
Announcer Patrick Chew Rajandran
Teacher Mark Collins Rajandran
Doers of the 1 Corinthians
Word
Communion Set Constance Anita Ong
Floral Display Veronica Josephine

Statistics Last Week

English Worship 19
Tamil Worship 7
Hearing Impaired -
Total Worship Attendance 26

Friday Bible Class 7



We have learned that the Jews’ worship of idols and the use of pagan practices in the worship were unacceptable to God. The God of the Bible is a jealous God (Exo. 20:3-5) and the only true God. He alone is to be worshiped, and only in the way He has specified.
Paraphrasing Deuteronomy 6:13 and 10:20, Jesus stated, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only” (Matt. 4:10). All other gods are excluded. Worshipers are to worship God only and do what is commanded by Him. Moses warned,

You shall not follow other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who surround you, for the Lord your God in the midst of you is a jealous God; otherwise the anger of the Lord your God will be kindled against you, and He will wipe you off the face of the earth (Deut. 6:14, 15).

THE BOUNDARIES OF WORSHIP
God revealed through Moses that the people of Israel were “to keep all His statutes and His commandments” (Deut. 6:2). This statement means that they were to obey all—no less than what God commanded. They are not to pick and choose, but were to observe every command that was revealed in God’s law.
Further, Israel was to follow only what God commanded. “So you shall observe to do just as the Lord your God commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right or to the left” (Deut. 5:32). The word “just” here means “only.” They were to observe only what God commanded. This message was repeated numerous times to Israel and was also directed to Israel’s kings (Deut. 17:20; 28:14; Josh. 1:7; 23:6; Prov. 4:27).
They were not to add to or diminish from God’s commandments. “You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you” (Deut. 4:2; see also 12:32; Prov. 30:6).
God specified that the people were not to add to or take away from His commandments. The reason for this was to ensure that His commandments would be kept (Deut. 4:2). Any additions to what God commanded were human preferences and not God’s commandments. If anyone observed additions, he was not obeying God. Anyone who diminished from God’s commandments failed to do all that God required, so he was not obeying God.
Jesus taught the same principle for those under the new covenant. He said that His followers were to teach those who became His disciples “to observe all that I commanded you” (Matt. 22:18, 19). Some have stated that this applies only to Revelation. In context, that is true, but does God think more of that book than the other books of the Bible? Is it wrong to add to and take away from the book of Revelation but acceptable to add to and take away from other Scriptures?
Paul wrote concerning the “gospel,” which must include Christian principles (1 Tim. 1:9-11), that those who teach another gospel are accursed (Gal. 1:8, 9). John addressed this matter by writing, “Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 9). Jesus stated that those who worship God must worship Him “in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). God has set limits, and those who seek to obtain salvation must remain within these limits (Heb. 5:9). The same is true for those who want to worship Him properly.
Those who introduce into worship practices that God has not mentioned imply that God has not revealed everything we are to use in worship. Such an attitude denies the completeness of God’s revelation.

WORSHIP IN TRUTH
Worship under the new covenant must be according to the truth that Jesus revealed. The Samaritan woman who met Jesus at Jacob’s well questioned Him concerning the place of worship. The Samaritans worshiped on Mount Gerizim, but the Jews worshiped in Jerusalem.
Jesus pointed out that worship in Jerusalem was right. He said concerning the Samaritans’ worship in relationship to Jewish practices, “You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews” (John 4:22). A change would soon come, when true worshipers would worship “in spirit and truth” (John 4:23, 24). Worship “must” be in spirit and truth. No options are allowed. The implication is clear: The Samaritans were not true worshipers. They believed in the same God as did the Jews, but they were worshiping in the wrong place.


K. L. FAMILY NEWS

THEME
Our theme for January is “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:16-18).

PRAYERS
Please pray for sis. Sue Trice (treatment for cancer), bro. Ron Ying (successful healing), bro. Charlie Chan (recovery from spinal injury) and bro. Eddy Ee (health).

FRIDAY BIBLE CLASS
Bro. Ganga will be teaching on the Book of 1 Peter on 19 January 2018 at 7.00pm – 8.00pm.

SPEAKER FOR 21 JANUARY 2018
Bro. Ganga will be speaking on the topic of “A Heart of Gratitude” (Psa. 100) on 21 January 2018.

NOMINATIONS
As the new year begins, we are distributing our nomination forms for the coming AGM. Kindly fill up the forms and hand it to the church office by 14 January 2018 so that we can prepare for the election of office bearers.

THANKS
We thank all those who contributed food for the Congregational Meeting last Sunday.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Happy 32nd wedding anniversary to bro. Chee Keong and sis. Anita on 18 January 2018. May God shower His loving care upon them and grant them more anniversaries to come.

AWAY
Bro. Robert and sis. Irene Ong are away in China and will be back on 28 January 2018. Remember them in your prayers.

VISITORS/VISITING BRETHREN (LAST WEEK)
Friday Bible Class – Mdm. Hong (KL)
English Worship – Mdm. Hong (KL), bro. Chandran (India), bro. Ng Yeow Kong (Klang)


SERMON FOR TODAY

Speaker: Mark Collins
Title: Practicing our Religion Daily


Those to Serve 14 January 21 January

Song Leader Ganga Chee Keong
Opening Prayer Chee Keong Patrick Chew
Lord’s Table Rajandran Robert Ong
Server Yixen Yap Ah Peng
Reader Tony Lye Yixen
Announcer Patrick Chew Rajandran
Teacher Mark Collins Rajandran
Doers of the 1 Corinthians
Word
Communion Set Constance Anita Ong
Floral Display Veronica Josephine

Statistics Last Week

English Worship 19
Tamil Worship 7
Hearing Impaired -
Total Worship Attendance 26

Friday Bible Class 7



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