BIBLE QUESTION BOX
1. Ones motive for asking Bible questions is crucial to understanding Jno. 7:16-17 (cf. Jno. 6:25-26; Matt. 22:15-18; Acts 17:10-12).
2. As we ask Bible questions & seek Gods answers, our hearts must be pure, seeking truth that we may humbly obey God in our lives.
#1-A: On the Lords day, is the Lords Supper more important than singing, prayers, lessons??
1. Of first importance is true worship (heart & deed) Jno. 4:24; Matt. 15:7-9.
2. Collective worship serves at least two purposes: To honor God & to strengthen each other Heb. 2:12; 10:24-25; 1 Cor. 14:26.
a. Same basic purposes for each act of worship (although their specific purposes are different): Singing (Col. 3:16); prayer (Acts 2:42); giving (1 Cor. 16:1-3); Preaching (Acts 20:7); Lord's Supper (1 Cor. 11:33-34).
b. All acts of worship are afforded the same importance in scriptures cf. Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 14:26.
c. To elevate one part of worship as more important (superior) than the others is to do so without scriptural precedent & approval!
Silence of scriptures (Col. 3:17).
#1-B: When is it okay to miss it, and when is it not okay?
1. So, with proper attitude & conduct we should keep every part of worship.
2. Not right to forsake one part of assembled worship as long as one partakes of the Lords Supper Heb. 10:24-25.
3. This type of attitudes has fostered:
a. Drive-up communion.
b. Taking communion to the mountains; to the shut-ins.
c. Leaving after partaking of the Lords Supper.
d. Minimizing the value of the other parts of worship.
4. Incapable, but have a right heart 2 Cor. 8:12 (dont put your ox in the ditch!)
5. By our faithful participation in worship we stir up one another to love & good works (to hold fast our confession) Heb. 10:22-25.
#2: How much influence and impact do we really have on the younger and older brethren? What about those seeking truth?
1. Your influence is greater & spreads much farther than you realize 1 Cor. 5:6-8 (like leaven, so build & keep a good influence).
2. Even after you die you will have an influence Heb. 11:4.
3. On brethren: Young & old to influence/impact each other Tit. 2:1-8; 1 Tim. 4:12.
4. On truth-seekers: cf. 1 Pet. 3:1-2. (Show me a sermon any day.)
5. If you lose your influence it is difficult to get back Mk. 9:50.
6. Do not be deceived about others influencing you! 1 Cor. 15:33-34
#3: How much does character make an impact on others? How much does it please God?
1. Impact on others (Phil. 2:15-16):
a. Joseph Gen. 39:2-6 (more handsome in character!).
b. Daniel Dan. 6:1-5 (evil men knew & influenced by his good character).
2. Pleases God:
a. Favor & high esteem - Prov. 3:1-4.
b. Without it we will not see God Heb. 12:14 (2 Pet. 1:5-11).
c. Character: New heart of the new man in Christ Col. 3:10-17.
#4: Where did the women come from that Cain and Seth married?
1. From Adam & Eve:
a. Eve is the mother of all living Gen. 3:20 (sister or niece).
b. Gen. 1:28 They multiplied & began to fill the earth.
c. After the birth of Seth there was 800 years of having sons & daughters Gen. 5:4 (Adam lived 930 years, 5:5).
1. The scriptures equip us to partake of life & godliness through knowledge of God: that we can escape sin & partake of the divine nature 2 Pet. 1:3-4.
2. Faith is content with & conforms to Gods answers (truth) Rom. 10:17.