Remaining True to the Lord
Do you understand the expression, “Remaining True to the Lord”? When using the word “true” within this context, the meaning is as follows: “if you are true to someone or something, you continue to be loyal to them or support them despite anything that happens.” (http://www.macmillandictionary.com) To remain true to the Lord is to be loyal to the Lord, supporting the Lord and His word no matter what happens within your life. Remaining true to the Lord is a statement made by actions and not words alone. Now, ask yourself the following question, “In my life as a Christian, am I remaining true to the Lord?”
Our 2014 Summer Gospel Meeting with Mike Pittman begins next Sunday. The theme for this year’s gospel meeting is, “Remaining True to the Lord.” On Sunday, the gospel meeting will begin with three lessons: “Do Not Worry,” “How to Live Right,” and “True Religion.” On Monday night, Mike will look at “The True Church.” On Tuesday night, the lesson will focus on our understanding of “True Spirituality.” On Wednesday night, Mike will remind us of the importance of “Offering Sacrifices.” On Thursday night, Mike will close the meeting by answering the question, “Why Have Some Churches Gone So Far Down the Path of Liberalism?” As you can tell from the title of each lesson, Mike will challenge us to examine our lives to make certain we are remaining true to the Lord in all areas of our lives, even within the workings of this local congregation.
My next question for you is very simple: Will you support this upcoming gospel meeting? This gospel meeting will be a wonderful opportunity for both you and your family. Consider the following three beneficial aspects of a gospel meeting.
The gospel meeting is an opportunity to assemble with the saints to worship our heavenly Father. Our gospel meeting will continue from Sunday through Thursday, giving us several opportunities to worship God. It is this worship which God desires. Jesus said, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24). The songs we sing are to be songs of praise to the Lord. The apostle Paul wrote, “(S)peaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,” (Ephesians 5:19). Our gospel meeting will be a wonderful opportunity to offer up worship and praise to our heavenly Father.
The gospel meeting offers an opportunity for edification. Edification is the idea of being built up, being made stronger. The apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another” (Romans 14:19). While we may edify one another outside of the worship services, the assembly of the saints provides a wonderful opportunity to be spiritually built up. Consider Paul’s words to the church in Corinth when he wrote, “How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification” (1 Corinthians 14:26). Edification comes through the songs we sing (Colossians 3:16), through the proclaiming of God’s word (2 Timothy 4:1-5), as well as through observance of the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). Our upcoming gospel meeting will be an excellent opportunity for you to receive spiritual strength and edification.
During the gospel meeting, you will also enjoy the fellowship of brethren of like precious faith. (Our fellowship with one enough is first and foremost based upon our individual fellowship with Jesus Christ (1 John 1:5-10)). While our fellowship with one another exists every moment of our lives, worship services give us opportunities to share together in worshiping the Lord and studying His word. While God will judge each of us individually, the worship offered by the local congregation (as well as the work of the local congregation) is a group or congregational effort. Consider the seven churches of Asia. Jesus gave instructions to each congregation which required congregational responsibility and accountability. Each congregation was either to continue serving the Lord or make the necessary changes to bring about faithful service (Revelation 2-3). In each case, the Lord charged the group, the congregation with the responsibility of doing what was right. Just as our worship services on the first day of the week, as well as Wednesday evenings, gives us time to worship the Lord together, our upcoming gospel meeting with give us many more opportunities to spend time together, mutually edifying one another as we worship our heavenly Father.
Our gospel meeting, which begins next Sunday, will provide you with many wonderful opportunities. Let me encourage you to strive to be true to the Lord, taking every opportunity possible to worship Him and to serve Him. Brother Mike Pittman will do his part in the worship services by presenting the word of God. Will you be present to do you part?