23. Churches must provide entertaining worship services if they want to be effective. True or False?

Makanisa lazima yatoe huduma za ibada za kuburudisha ikiwa zinataka kuwa na mguso.

예배의 인기성을 위하여 교회 들은 예배중 사람 들을 흥미롭게하는 요소 들을 끼어 넣어야 한다.

          The answer to that statement is FALSE for the following reasons:

In Zechariah 4:6 we read, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. This tells us that the faithful preaching of God’s Word in the power of the Holy Spirit is what determines the effectiveness of our ministry. This also makes it very clear that it is the faithful preaching of His Word and not just outlandish displays of what some claim to be the power of the Spirit. If any so-called display of the Spirit’s power does not agree with the Word of God, then it is to be ignored because it is not from the Holy Spirit. In fact, these displays may have their source in another spirit. (1 John 4:3).

          And in 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, it says, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” 20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength”.

          This passage teaches us the importance that, even though our worship services should be intelligible to outsiders, they are not specifically for them. Many today try to make their services acceptable to the culture, they put all their emphasis on the display, the material things, perhaps this is an effort to attract non-believers. However, as the passage above reminds us, the Word of God should interpret and transform the culture. And it can only do that if it is faithfully preached.

          In fact, the whole chapter of 1 Corinthians 14 tells us that the chief purpose of our worship services is to glorify God and instruct and encourage His adopted children. The purpose is not to entertain the outsider or even ourselves. This is also affirmed in passages such as Acts 2:42 which describes the activities of the first church in Jerusalem. “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer”.

          The writer of the book of Hebrews encourages the churches he was writing to by telling them, “consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching”. In Hebrews 10:24-25.

          Again, it is FALSE to suggest that Churches must provide entertaining worship services if they want to be effective. So, when we look around us and see that very thing then we should know that their teaching will likely be very shallow. And therefore, so would the faith of any who attend their services expecting to be taught the Word of God.

 

 

 

24. God is unconcerned with my day-to-day decisions. True or False?

Mungu hajali maamuzi yangu ya kila siku. Ndio au Hapana?

하나님은 내가 하루하루 결정하는 일들에는 나에게 그냥 맡겨 놓으신다.

          The Bible clearly teaches that God is sovereign, He is in control, and He is active in His governing of His creation. We see this taught in a passage such as Psalm 33:13-15 where the psalmist is aware that, “From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; 14 from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth— 15 he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do”.

          Therefore, when we read in the book if Hebrews that, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sightEverything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” we can see that the author of that book also agrees with the teaching of the Old Testament.

          The apostle Paul also agrees with the teaching of the rest of Scripture when he advises the Corinthian believers in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”.

 

          So, according to the Bible, we should do ALL to the glory of God. The terms ‘Everything’ and ‘All’ necessarily includes even our decisions.  The last verse we just read means our everyday decisions must also glorify God. So, the answer to Statement # 24 is FALSE, because God is very definitely concerned with our day-to-day decisions.

 

 

25. The Bible has the authority to tell us what we must do. True or False?

Biblia ina mamlaka ya kutuambia nini tunapaswa kufanya. Ndio au Hapana?

성경의 말씀은 우리가 무엇을 해야하는지에 대한 권위와 먼저 해야하는 일들을 말씀해 주고 있다.

    Well, I certainly agree with the majority of you whose answer to this statement was that it is ‘TRUE’, the Bible does have the authority to tell us what to do. But our understanding of the source of the authority might be a little different. And that will make all the difference in whether we are accountable to the authority behind the Bible.

    Some teach that the Bible has authority only where they say it does. This means that, where they say it doesn’t have authority then we don’t have to follow what it says. This is where a lot of tradition finds its authority, not from the Bible, but from the minds of men.

 

          Others believe, as I do, that 2 Timothy 3:16-17 should be the basis for our belief in the authority of the Bible. Because there it is written, All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”. Once we firmly believe that all Scripture is from God and then we read what the apostle John wrote in his gospel in chapter 10:35, “If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came and Scripture cannot be set aside,” (In other words, we cannot ignore what the Bible says). When we consider both those passages then how can we be left with a conclusion other than, that to disobey what the Bible clearly says, is to disobey God Himself.

 

          The necessity of the Word of God is the clear teaching of passages such as Deuteronomy 8:3, “He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” Where do we also hear those words? That’s right that was Jesus’ answer to Satan who tried to tempt Him with all sorts of worldly promises in Matthew 4:4 and also in Luke 4:4. So if Jesus said we should accept the authority of God’s Word alone then who are we to disagree?

          In Mark 7: 1-13 we have Jesus’ own very clear teaching on what He thinks about the traditions of men. The traditions he was referring to were developed over thousands of years by the very religious Jews and were also supposedly based upon God’s Word. How can we think that our traditions are any wiser? In verses 6-8, Jesus quotes the words of the prophet Isaiah that we should really take to heart, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.” Jesus’ conclusion was that the Pharisees, the hypocrites, “nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

 

          And now you must decide what you are going to do about it.

But be warned if you continue to ignore His Word, He will destroy you and everything you have built will fall. If you continue to rationalize your circumstances and think that you are blessed by God and therefore call something God’s blessings when God clearly only Blesses those who are faithful in everything they do. Then you will, without a doubt, see His displeasure. God’s promises only apply to those who are His faithful adopted children and cannot be used as some magical formula for what we want.

On the other hand, God is waiting with open arms to bless you in more ways that you can imagine when you repent and return to Him and stop trying to control or manipulate things according to your own desire or pleasure or position.