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    "Mike, everyone is most concerned about that which they value most. You know that Robert really values his new car. It is very important to him - more important to him than my car is to me. Imagine someone parking next to him and hitting his car when they open their door, putting a small scratch in the side of Robert's car. I might think that this scratch is only a 'little' thing, nothing to get excited about. But Robert becomes very excited and upset about it. Why? Because he values his car far more than I value mine. The more we value God's truth, the more concerned we become over 'little scratches' to it. No addition to, subtraction from, or change in, God's truth is a small matter."

    "I see," Mike answered. "But if a person is sincere and believes the Bible, that is enough, isn't it?"

    "Mike, a person can be sincere, but be sincerely wrong. For instance, imagine that I believe a certain salesman who tells me about his product, and I invest a large amount of money in it. I made this decision sincerely. I believed fully that I was doing the right thing. But later it was revealed that I was misled, and it cost me a lot of money. I was sincere, but sincerely mistaken."

    "To believe in the Bible, one must believe and live its truths. Doctrines are the truths of God's Word. Therefore, both true doctrine and sincere belief are necessary. We must be sincere, but we must also sincerely believe God's truths, not other people's ideas. In such cases, we can be sincere, but be sincerely wrong."

    What type of Christianity "believes" God's truths, but not sincerely? What type of Christianity "believes" sincerely, but not in God's truths?


LITURGY

The word "liturgy" is derived from two Greek words meaning "public" and "work." It referred to a work or duty of public service. The word "liturgy" gradually took on a church-related aspect; today it means "the form or procedure for public worship services." Liturgy includes the church's weekly worship services and its special services for baptism, Lord's Supper, ordination of officebearers, confession of faith, marriage, confession of guilt, excommunication, and readmittance of excommunicated persons.

Why are both of the following very important?

  • What we believe
  • How we believe
What opposite harmful results are produced if one of these two are understressed?













The liturgy has been called "The Table of Contents for the Church Worship Service." Why is this a fitting title?



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