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June 25, 2020 1:00 am
Episode 474 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions.
Key questions answered in today's show:1. Is it a sin to skip church?
How do I share the gospel with my day.
That's just one of the questions will be answering on today's addition of core Christianity this is Bill Meyer along with Pastor Israel Sanchez and this is the radio program where we answer your questions about the Bible and the Christian life every day. You can call us right now with your question. At 833 the core that's 1-833-843-2673 and you can always email us with your question at questions at core, Christianity.com first up today: Hawley is a professional singer from Chicago, and in her spare time she volunteers at senior centers singing patriotic songs to the residence while she was bombed when the coronavirus hit in the retirement homes were closed to all visitors so Colette got creative and she brought in some heavy machinery on Memorial day she rented a 30 foot cherry picker bucket truck to serenade the residence outside the third and fourth floor windows of Chicago's Methodist Senior services. The grateful residents began clapping and waving. Some were even brought outside to dance on the sidewalk and a video of her concert went viral. It soon found itself on TMZ, and even in Mark Cuban's twitter for all of that is so cool okay will that's way better than what we did a year ago for Christmas.
You know what we did was we went to senior living home as a church and we as a facility in wheat we different Christmas carols out in the courtyard and several residents shut their windows and as were out singing seeing them their windows just really felt like they were not were not blessing their drill I think may be so. Colette sounds like that unit get a positive response. Both Grace will go to our first question of the day. This is a call that came in at 833.
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Question is then to church my friends are going to play volleyball today and I'm wondering if I might get church that then. Thank you, a grace and thanks for that question. I'll I love the honesty and just wonder you know is it a sin to miss church. This is something I've I've thought a lot about is the pastor and obviously having people and in my church, you have asked me that same question or who have at times skipped church and not asked that question, boy, I'm in my view over time has has really developed on this because I remember back when I was in college. So just a little bit older than you, Grayson, I didn't really have a high view of of what was taking place in the church service. I remember I would get to Chris to call us all go to chapel a couple times a week and and then maybe on Sunday morning I would go to church right visit this church or that church, but I didn't really feel grounded in any one particular church. I wasn't a member at a church in the ironic thing was that the time I was actually studying pastoral ministry so you and not the way I justified it was I said why have a lot of Christian community unite go to this Christian college we go to chapel. I do go to church.
You know here and there. Occasionally, and I have a lot of Christian friends and we have good discussions about God, but in terms of being a part of the church, a member of the church under the authority of elders serving alongside of the people that I just didn't have anything like that. Later, in college I started going to church that was a wonderful congregation member sitting down with the pastor.
One time, and the sky was a huge fan of the Chicago Bears and I remember him saying one day atrial. Even if I had tickets to see the Bears play in the Super Bowl on a Sunday morning. I wouldn't go why I remember and I just laughed. You know like man this guy is crazy and he looked at me with. Let me just the straightest face almost as if to say no, you're the crazy one, atrial, and then he began to describe what's taking place when we gather together for worship and he essentially said look, where would I rather be then around God's throne with God's people singing God's praise. Where would I rather be.
It was kind of a shocking moment for me thinking about this and and I left you know, sort of reflecting on and what is my understanding of what's taking place on a Sunday morning.
One of the things I would want to say to you, Grayson is in Scripture that gathering together for church is supposed to be the meeting of heaven and earth that we don't think like that today. So many of us don't don't realize this but one in the Old Testament you like the temple with its worship. It was supposed to be a picture of heaven the temple, the tabernacle in the Old Testament they were replicas of that the heavenly temple and the worshiper when they would go to the temple. Essentially they were experiencing. In one sense this taste of heaven will guess what in the New Testament under the new covenant. It's supposed to be the very same thing. Listen to what the author the Hebrews said in Hebrews chapter 12 beginning in verse 18. This is talking about worship. What happens when we come together. He says you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom in the Tempest, and the sound of the trumpet and the voice whose words made the hearers bag that no further message be spoken to them, for they could not endure the order that was given.
If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned. Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, I tremble with fear.
So look great. He's talking about the old covenant there. What happened when the children of Israel gathered before Mount Sinai. The fear he says look we haven't come to that mountain, you have come.
Verse 22 to mount Zion to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven into God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect into Jesus the mediator of the new covenant into the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. Just think about this for a second what's happening when we gather together as a church to hear the preaching of God's word to partake of the ordinances that Jesus gave to us well were coming before the heavenly mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem were joining the Angels in festal gathering innumerable angels that the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven were coming before God, the judge of all the spirits of the righteous made perfect were coming to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant. Have we really believed that's what was happening when we gather together as the people of God's will that I think we could say like like that pastor told me years ago when air on earth would I rather be then there and I think part of the problem. Today Grayson is that we've lost this beautiful picture of what worship is supposed to be. Now that's not to say that it's always this no really exciting experience. Are we leaving just go, man I feel like I just been coming down from heaven. No, I mean it's very ordinary, right preaching, teaching, bread, wine, water, amid all these things that Jesus gives to us these ordinary means that Jesus gives to us through which we experience his powerful presence, but we need to do is we need to recover a biblical understanding of what's happening when we come together and I think we do. The question is not, is it a sin to miss church. It's where would I rather be in. With God's people around God's throne is singing God's praise is now. I would go a step further, I would say look, we we need to be in church because God is the one who calls us to gather together Jesus is the one calls us to worship is not like we go to church and then we we invite God to join us know God is calling us keys there do that.
That means that he's given. The question is are you going to be there to. So we need to be there and it actually Grayson I five. As you can tell I thought about this quite a bit and I wrote something over it quick, Christianity.com called, is it a sin to miss church and so I encourage you to check that out and I think you'll find that encourage Mr. Moore of some of the stories that I've already told here so God bless you and thank you so much for reaching out to us so Israel you live in San Diego.
I'm curious if the Padres were playing in the cellular nest and it was the final game that it was a Sunday morning homeboy. Yeah, that's an easy one for me Bill because I will because I'm the pastor of the church.
So if I wasn't there. It would be some problems but no I meet at the next thing right. I guess it's like when I first heard Mike, my friend, my pastor friend say that I was thinking boy, you're crazy, but I just look at how amazing Scripture describes what's happening by faith behind the scenes, we might see with the spirit of God working in our midst.
This is like wow I want to be there and I would encourage Christians to have that vision of worship because I just think it helps us to grasp all the things that the Lord is giving to us by faith.
When we gather together in worship and so we want to lay hold of those promises. It's a beautiful image and I'm just can't wait till our church starts meeting in person again because it's just not quite the same doing and hung zoom repented a beautiful picture what church really is all about. This is core Christianity with pastor Israel Sanchez and it really had an email come in from one of our listeners and some anonymous person, but he says hi guys, I appreciate what you do and both my wife and I are tremendously blessed by core Christianity. Here's my question before the restrictions related to the coronavirus.
Our church was no longer serving the Lord's supper once a month on Sunday but once a month on Wednesday during an all church prayer night. Some say it's to be sensitive to nonbelievers attending our church on Sunday but someone else that is just something or trying out while my preference would be to have the Lord's supper every Sunday. I'm okay with the church doing it just once a month but I struggle to understand why we would observe it on any other day than the Lord's day is this an acceptable practice. What a great question and I know that a lot of churches right now have been wrestling with how do we minister to be me, Bill.
You were just saying you know it. The online thing is tufted to do church that way. Immediately we can have some of these things that were used to having things like holy Communion or a gathering together of the fellowship and it sounds like this brother like you. You're really wrestling with this and I I appreciate the fact that you are because I think that this is a significant thing were just talking about how in worship something so special is happening in Hebrews chapter 6 when it talks about the gathered assembly of the author of the Hebrews talks about tasting of the heavenly gift. He uses the language of the powers of the age to come. Breaking in on us and he's probably when he is referring to in Hebrews 6 the tasting of the heavenly gift is probably referring to the Lord's supper when we take communion as a church were tasting the heavenly gift by faith. The bread of life. Jesus Christ came and gave himself for the life of the world. This is something that so important and what's interesting is when Jesus instituted the Lord's supper. It was on a Sunday. If you remember the name of the upper room, but when Jesus institutes the Lord's supper is not on a Sunday if I don't think that it necessarily has to be on the Lord's day.
I think it has to be a gathering of the church body because one of the things that's key in the Lord's supper is that work together and there's this unity. This togetherness that's that's one of the things that the Lord's supper emphasizes and points out to us. And Paul talks about that specifically in first Corinthians chapter 10 listen to what he says there is a cup of blessing that we bless first print is 1016 is it not a participation in the blood of Christ, the bread that we break is not a participation in the body of Christ because there is one bread, we who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one bread or the emphasis with what the Lord's supper is showing for this our unity as the body of Christ we been brought together by the body and blood of Jesus and were made one through his great sacrifice for us on the cross that we that we receive in one sense, by faith in the Lord's supper. I think if it's a church gathering is called by the church in your and your together. I think that's one thing that needs to be is not something that we do on our own by ourselves because you can't show forth the unity of the church in that way. But here's another thing that's really important has to be present.
I think with the Lord's supper and that's the preaching of God's word is the word of God been preached that your Wednesday night prayer meeting is the gospel being proclaimed that I might sound weird like why does that have to be there. Why can we just have communion while the Lord's supper at this sign this covenant sign the seals to us the promises of the gospel.
So it's like we hear the word preached the gospel preached Jesus for us and for our salvation and the Lord's supper seals to us that reality is we have to have the word together with the ordinance that Jesus gave together with the sacrament that's that's part of how I think it was instituted by the Lord Jesus and so I guess the questions that I would have for you are is this the church gathering this Wednesday night. Thing is, the word of God being preached is the church coming together and if if that's happening that I think that it's okay to have the Lord that it's it's it's good to have the Lord's supper. So the questions that I would. I would have for you brother in and it sounds to me like your church is working really hard to to minister to the saints, and to find ways to encourage each of and I think that's that's wonderful and I want to encourage you for all of you listening right now it is as churches try to navigate the difficulties pray for your church. This is core Christianity with pastor Israel Sanchez. Thank you so much for joining us today in the one of the most controversial issues in the church today is the issue of homosexuality and Indra.
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And he loves her and that she is going to heaven without having to change or deny the flesh and I would say first and this is true in terms of every encounter when were talking to somebody about the faith and wanted to share Jesus with them, pray and so I want to pray for this situation right now, gracious father.
Pray for this person who's asked this question and is seeking to share Jesus with their parent Lord, who right now doesn't doesn't embrace the fullness of your word and is living in a way, Lord, that is contrary to your word God. We know that only you can open the heart and so we asked that you would do that great work that you would give this person who's commented grace, wisdom and boldness to share the faith in a way that that would be honoring to you and engaging for their mother Lord and we pray Lord that you would open her heart bring salvation. What we ask in Jesus name, amen. We are talking to parents about the faith can be very difficult. That is just as even separate from the question of homosexuality and how you talk to your parents who maybe don't believe in Jesus about Jesus really hard because Jesus said a prophet is not without honor except in his or her own country Mark chapter 6 verse four. He made that statement after he had gone to the people his hometown and they rejected him.
They thought they knew Jesus that he was anything special.
Therefore, know what he what he said to them, didn't mean much to them.
Sometimes that's how it can be when you talk to your parents about Jesus sleeping with you from day one.
They've changed your diaper status. Who are you to tell them about the deep things of spirituality.
Sometimes it can simply be awkward. I think you have to approach the situation extremely respectful if you don't want to come off like you're better than were above them.
It's important that your respectful and that you honor them as your parents while simultaneously being willing to speak the truth of God's word without compromise. What is God's word say on this issue. Well it's it's clear that homosexuality is a sin. There's a lot of debate about the relationship between nature and nurture here and why people are gay or lesbian. You know some people are to say I been like this from birth, others are going to say it will. Environmental factors were what determined my sexual preference I think but here's what the Bible says all of us from birth are born in sin we all have this proclivity to sin and not only do we sin, but were also sinned against people experience trauma sexual trauma that can play a role in the way they view sex and sexuality.
This is a really heavy thing which Jesus calls us no matter what our sin struggles might be to turn to him and to rest in the fact that his grace is sufficient. One of the sad things today. Is it we live in a society that calls that which is good, evil, and that which is evil good, we've done is we've essentially justified the very things the Bible says are wrong. The broader sexual ethic in society is something that goes directly against so much of what Scripture teaches. We have to be bold as Christians is to be one of the most difficult things for people in our culture today to understand to embrace but the fact of the matter is Jesus always said if anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. This is just a hard word for people who feel same-sex attracted this is a hard word for each and every single one of us because all of us have seen all of us need the grace of God to deny ourselves, to take up our cross and follow after the Lord it sounds to me sister like like your mom right now she feels like that's not a call for her. She doesn't have to do that is what Jesus calls us to in terms of following him and so I would say pray pray that your mother realizes that this is the truth of God's word that God calls her and that following Jesus doesn't just mean adding Jesus to my life and getting to live. However, I want it means laying down my life and his feet surrendering and as hard as it is saying, Lord, you lead and I give myself to you and that something that each of us as followers of Jesus have to do and you know what we can do it, except for the grace of the Holy Spirit and the good news is, Jesus says all who come to me doesn't matter what our our background is what our sins are whoever comes to me I will in no way cast out, and that not only does he give us the grace of forgiveness, but he gives us the grace of the Holy Spirit to walk with him day by day and so I pray for you sister and for your mother that the Lord would be at work and in your conversations and that he would give you wisdom as you seek to share the faith with your mother who you love.
And may the Lord opened her heart. You're listening to core Christianity with pastor Israel Sanchez and Indra we have time for one last call, this one came in from Michelle. I wanted me to have and what we are duly going to do a deep sleep so that it's it's a great question. And yes, a question that we did fairly frequently on this on this program because I think there is something Confucian about what takes place when we die and I think some of the confusion might come from the fact that in the New Testament sometimes death is referred to as sleeping or being asleep. You see this in different places in the New Testament in and I think the idea there is just that death is not final for the believer, that doesn't mean that when we die we are unconscious and I think that's very clear from numerous passages of Scripture, the one that I typically go to is in Philippians chapter 1 Michelle it is Paul and he's talking the Philippians about his life and how his ministry is coming to an end in and how he wants to go be with Jesus but his wrestling is going back and forth with and I go home to be with the Lord. Or do I stay and continue to help these churches that the Philippians to grow in their faith, he says Philippians 123. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and to be with Christ, for that is far better but he says to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. Convinced of this.
I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus.
Because of my coming to you again so pulses look when I die when I leave this tent for the time being until the, the resurrection of the body. I know I'm in a be with Jesus and my desire is to depart and be with Christ because that is far better. What is that look like we don't know entirely of you have that a statement from Jesus in Luke 23 verse 43 where he tells the thief on the cross, or can it be with me in paradise today, but Scripture just over and over again.
It seems like it's saying when we die our spirits leave our bodies until the resurrection, and we go to be in the presence Jesus worshiping him and were there is work justified. Save being welcomed into his presence with joy and celebration. Thanks for listening to core Christianity to request your copy of today's special offer. Visit email@example.com and click on offers and the menu bar or call us at 1-833-843-2673 that's a 33, the court when you contact us. Please let us know how you been encouraged by this podcast and be sure to join us next time.
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