Preaching and Worship Thoughts.

"Worship" is a privilege, not a formula or ritual. Those who "attend church" and imitate pre-cross worship patterns and have designated worship times generally neglect the post-cross exhortation to exhort one another by being the Church daily, is failing to worship in spirit and in truth. (Hebrews 3:13; 10:24-25).

Pre-cross worship pointed forward to the time in which all men would worship God everywhere as a communal community of people, not just in that "place which the LORD your God shall choose" (Deuteronomy 12:11). The Post-Cross Covenant priesthood is decentralized and universalized, not organized and verbalized time wise, or restricted to men "ordained" by men and the man-made traditions of men.

Exhortation is conversational interaction, not lectured sermonizing. Profitable preaching is more of a sharing and caring than it is telling and yelling, more of a dialogue with people than it is a monologue to people.

Rather than being equipped by New Testament-style exhortation and service, church-goers can become impotent and dependent upon men ordained credentialed "professionals" who engages in promoting his choice of belief system which has little or nothing to do with Church life.

Church is best demonstrated in life living by interacting with people on a daily basis, not in pew warming or pulpit orating a couple of hours a week. In the "church meeting" the "dignity" of religious pomp and "worship" is the substitute for the personal, relational communion pictured in the Scriptures (Acts 2:46).

A structured-styled sermon while viewing the back of someone's head, is substituted for a genuine exhortational sharing and a time of face-to-face fellowship.


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