Rich truth in Mike’s post. I like his comment about fruit. Though that deserves it’s own study. Good fruit, bad fruit. Fruits of the Spirit. What about fruit of sound Biblical doctrine, and fruits of good works? The Bible speaks much about agriculture: Good Sed, Bad Seed. Good soil, which any farmer (or even the home gardener) knows takes hard work. Good fertilizer and watering. Seasons of fruiting. Pruning is needed. And maybe no so much about bees and pollination, or spraying. Doesn’t always work though…
Luk 13:8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:
Luk 13:9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
I’ll just mention I too am having discussions with two elders, both younger than I am at our church about the music. Our first live in building service was Easter and the sound level was off the charts. After a year in lockdown they seem to have forgotten to monitor using their decibel meter. Not as bad as our friend’s daughter’s church where they hand out ear plugs, but loud enough to take the edge off of the joy of regathering together. Like your church we probably can not change back to “traditional”, but hopefully can work on the volume, and if possible getting them to stop singing and paying royalties to churches like Bethel Redding, which dominate today’s music.
by Mike Ratliff
1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
7 “BLESSED ARE THOSE WHOSE LAWLESS DEEDS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN,
AND WHOSE SINS HAVE BEEN COVERED.
8 “BLESSED IS THE MAN WHOSE SIN THE LORD WILL NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT.” Romans 4:1-8…
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