Lessons from Nabad and Abihu

Yesterday’s sermon was from the chronological reading we are doing as a congregation at Central. There were three main incidentlessons that we learned from Nadab and Abihu and their offering in Leviticus 10.  Here are those three lessons.

Lesson One: The Worship of God

  • Approach God in Worship Doing only what He Commands.
    • This regards God as holy and honored.
  • We are presumptuous if we think we know what God wants.
    • Isa 55:8-9
    • 1Co 2:11
  • The Regulative Principle of Worship: 1689 London Baptist Confession:

“But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God, is instituted by Himself, and so limited by His own revealed will, that He may not be worshipped according to the imaginations and devices of men, nor the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representations, or any other way not prescribed in the Holy Scriptures.”

  • This principle apply to our singing, the Lord’s Supper, and all of worship.

Lesson Two: Approach God with Respect

  • Not only respect His commands (wishes, desires)
    • But also with Reverence: Lev 10:3
    • Consideration for Who God is:
      • Creator
      • Provider
      • Savior
  • We cannot approach God flippantly.
    • Respect impacts my
      • Attitude toward and in worship
      • Attendance and Attention in worship
      • Activity in worship

Lesson Three: The Priority of God in my Life

  • Mat 6:33
  • Mat 10:34-39
  • Col 3:1-4
  • God and His Will come first!

If you would like to hear the audio file of this lesson it is available HERE: Look for the title “Lessons from Nadab and Abihu”

– Scott

Seven Greatest Things

Flipping through a file marked “Misc. Articles” I found the following outline.

Original Outline - Gus Nichols?

Original Outline – Gus Nichols?

By the type font, I think it is from Gus Nichols who lived in worked in the county I now live in. If I were preaching it this Sunday, I might start by mentioning the Seven Wonders of the World or listing seven of the greatest technological achievements or devices.  Then flow into the idea of the  seven things that are really the greatest things known to man.

  1. The Greatest Being – God
  2. The Greatest Gift – Jesus Christ, God’s Son
  3. The Greatest Book – The Bible
  4. The Greatest Command – Love
  5. The Greatest Possession – Your Soul
  6. The Greatest Institution (Organism – my edit) – The Church
  7. The Greatest Place (Reward – my edit) – Heaven

I may move this to the front of my sermons to borrow steal folder.

– Scott

Nehemiah and Leadership

While studying for tonight’s class on Nehemiah, I came across these notes on my iPad from a sermon by Jim Faughn on April 17 of this year Great stuff here!

Jim Faughn, Blackwater-Macedonia CofC.

1. Character– Nehemiah was cupbearer to thnking, a entrusted and honored position.
2. Compassion – he showed Concern over Jerusalem, he ASKED about Jerusalem
3. Contemplative – he believed in preparation and “prayer” – peration. He knew how long he would be gone and that he needed a letter of recommendation. He thought about what he wanted to do and he made plans accordingly. This required faith that his prayer would be an
4. Convicted – Neh 6:3 answered affirmatively.
5. Coordinated Effort- Neh 3:1 note that these people were working close to their house, others who lived away from the wall where no houses were, others near their business. No people’s talents and interests and use them accordingly.
6. Cooperates – notice the use of “we” and the list of nobles or leaders. They were all working. Neh 4:6, 15
7. Commends – chapter three lists the names of the workers
8. Corrects – Neh 5:1
9. Consistent – he treated all fairly and the same, courting the wrong and encouraging the right.
10. Confident– Nehemiah knew the work could be accomplished. Neh 2:19-20

Friendship – David and Jonathan

Allow me to begin with some quotes about friendship I found somewhere through the years.  So long ago that the source is lost – my apologies to the original compiler.

  • Anyone can stand by you when you are right, but a friend will stand by you even when are wrong.
  • A simple friend identifies himself when he calls; A real friend does not have too.
  • A simple friend opens a conversation with a full news bulletin on his life; A real friend says, “what’s new with you?”
  • A simple friend thinks the problems you whine about are recent; A real friend says, “you have been whining about that for 14 years. Get up and do something about it.”
  • A simple friend has never seen you cry; A real friend has shoulder soggy from your tears.
  • A simple friend does not know your parents’ first names; A real friend has their phone number in his contact list.
  • A simple friend brings a casserole to your party; A real friend comes early to help you cook and stays late to help you clean.
  • A simple friend hates it when you call after he has gone to bed; A real friends asks you why you took so long to call.
  • A simple friend seeks to talk with you about your problems; A real friend seeks to help you with your problems.
  • A simple friend wonders about your romantic history; A real friend could blackmail you with it.
  • A simple friend, when visiting, acts like a guest; A real friend opens your refrigerator and helps himself.
  • A simple friend thinks the friendship is over when you have an argument; A real friend knows that it is not a friendship until after you have had a fight.
  • A simple friend expects you to always be there for them. A real friend expects to always be there for you.

In 1 Samuel 18-23 we have a story of a real friendship.  The relationship between David and Jonathan.  In their company we find four aspects that are common in close friendships:

  1. Mutual Admiration – 1 Sam 18:6-30:  The could have been rivals for throne, yet they were friends.  Saul was opposed to David; yet David & Jonathan admired each other.
  2. Mutual Love – 1 Sam 19:1-6: Even though Saul was against David, Jonathan “delighted much in David.”  More than once, Jonathan stood up to the king defending David and Saul would temporarily forgets his hatred of David.
  3. Mutual Sacrifice – 1 Sam 18:4: David and Jonathan sacrificed for each other – 1 Sam 20:1-3, 30-33.  David would demonstrate this in his actions towards Jonathan’s survivor Mephibosheth in 2 Sam 9.
  4. Mutual Commitment – 1 Sam 23:14-18:  David is spiritually, emotionally, and physically exhausted and Jonathan seeks him out to encourage him. They continually looked for the best in each other as well as ways to do the best for each other

Looking at theses four characteristics of friendship: Mutual Admiration, Mutual Love, Mutual Sacrifice, and Mutual Commitment caused me to reflect on Jesus.  he by his life and sacrifice demonstrates true friendship toward us.  What a Friend we Have in Jesus!
Is it a real friendship if I do not return Admiration, Love, Sacrifice, and Commitment?

Just thinking out loud . . .

– Scott