While this is a special day, it is not what will make the service powerful!
The command to the church in Ephesians 5:17-21 serves as a reminder of what will make the service powerful!
God, the Holy Spirit, working in and through the church, God's people, as we sing songs of praise, give thanks to God the Father, and submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
That is a church gathering where God, in His Trinitarian glory, is glorified.
Now I know what some people might be thinking. By good people I mean those who read that explanation above and thought "But where is the Bible in that church gathering? You didn't say anything about the Bible."
In working through the material for West Cannon Baptist Church's unified study, I have been challenged how little some churches think about, talk about and study the Holy Spirit. This is sometimes because of concern over doctrinal error in churches that overemphasize the Holy Spirit.
It can also be a result of churches elevating the Bible to the third part of the Trinity.
Whatever the reason, it is wrong.
As I write the last post I want to share a couple of thoughts about the Theology Matters unified study.
First of all, I want to thank Zach Horn for all of his hard work in developing the lesson resources for the teachers. These notes are available at www.drodgersjr.com/p/unified-study.html. I am also thankful for the teachers.
Second, I know this was a lot of material to cover in four weeks but here is what I pray the study did.
- Helped you see that the Bible is from God, without error and our ultimate authority - Week 1.
- Helped you understand the God is knowable and unknowable. There are things about God that we can truly know because He has made them known in His Word. There are also things we will not fully know and understand about God because He is infinite - Week 2, 3, and 4.