That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ,” Philippians 1:10.
In the first century, Paul declared there would be a gradual falling from the doctrines of Christ (2 Thess. 2:3-9; 1 Tim. 4:1-3). Today one can compare the doctrines of the religious denominations and witness mass confusion. Over the last 24 weeks, we have dealt with our Restoration Plea, to restore a complete return to New Testament Christianity following the laws and doctrines of Christ and the apostles, as practiced by the New Testament Church, through the divine guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Mankind is born with an innate desire to worship. However, our worship cannot be patterned after our lusts, desires, whims, and dreams. To pattern our worship after what we want would make our worship vain (Matt. 15:8-9) and ignorant (Acts 17:23; 1 John 4:22). The Bible gives us three acceptable elements in worship: the right object – God; the right manner – in spirit; and the right way – in truth, John 4:24. Today I want you, wherever you may worship, to compare the corporate worship you engage in to the corporate worship in the New Testament. If you see a difference in where you worship compared to the Bible, then you must change as God so desires! When the New Testament Christians came together, they sang songs, without the accompaniment of instruments (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16; 1 Cor. 14:15). They also would pray (1 Cor. 14:15; 1 Thess. 5:17; Col. 4:2). They preached, studied and read the scriptures (Acts 17:11; 1 Cor. 1:21,23; 2 Tim. 4:2-4). Then on the Lord’s Day they would take up a collection (1 Cor. 16:1-3; 2 Cor. 8:1-9:15), and they would partake of the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 10:16; 11:20-34). Here at Brown Trail, our plea is to restore New Testament Christianity. Please, if you have any questions about the first-century church and restoring her precepts today, please find one of our elders and deacons, and they would be thrilled to sit with you and discuss how to approve things that are excellent.