During the latter part of the 19th century, a group of courageous, godly men found that the simplicity of New Testament worship had been corrupted by innovations directed by the will of man rather than God, and they plead for a return to New Testament patterns and practices. They succeeded in that plan...but, have we restored the spirit? Are other restorations needed? What does the Bible say?
Knowing the God of the Bible is so very important. John 14:3 tells us that knowing God is necessary, because eternal life with Christ depends on it. Plus, according to Second Thessalonians 1:7-8, we must know God if we expect to escape the wrath to come for those who DON’T know Him. Solomon said, “We know God and serve Him with a willing mind.” If we’re going to know God, we need to know something about Him, and be able to answer the question: “What is God like?”
One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Second Timothy 4:1-4, where, in verse 2, the apostle Paul tells young Timothy to "preach the word; be instant in season out of season: reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and doctrine." A whole sermon could be preached on the entire passage…but for today's lesson, we'll focus on Paul's charge to "be instant, in season, out of season." In other words, we’re going to be discussing, “Seasonal Religion.”
In the first chapter of Timothy, the apostle Paul called himself the chief of sinners...and said that, in saving him, Christ had demonstrated the fact that He could save anyone. Jesus Christ is a friend of sinners, and the Savior of them, as well. He loves the sinner, but not the sin...which means that we must meet certain conditions before we can receive His mercy and pardon -- and that is the subject of today's episode.