Sunday Morning 2/2/2014

Posted by Sherry

CHURCH WORSHIP IS MORE A “TUB BATH” THAN A “HOT TUB” EXPERIENCE
1 John 1
CBC SM
INTRO: TEXT - 1 [We are writing] about the Word of Life [[a]in] Him Who existed from the beginning, Whom we have heard, Whom we have seen with our [own] eyes, Whom we have gazed upon [for ourselves] and have touched with our [own] hands.
2 And the Life [[b]an aspect of His being] was revealed (made manifest, demonstrated), and we saw [as eyewitnesses] and are testifying to and declare to you the Life, the eternal Life [[c]in Him] Who already existed with the Father and Who [actually] was made visible (was revealed) to us [His followers].
3 What we have seen and [ourselves] heard, we are also telling you, so that you too may [d]realize and enjoy fellowship as partners and partakers with us. And [this] fellowship that we have [which is a [e]distinguishing mark of Christians] is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
4 And we are now writing these things to you so that our joy [in seeing you included] may be full [and [f]your joy may be complete].
5 And this is the message [the message of [g]promise] which we have heard from Him and now are reporting to you: God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all [[h]no, not in any way].
6 [So] if we say we are partakers together and enjoy fellowship with Him when we live and move and are walking about in darkness, we are [both] speaking falsely and do not live and practice the Truth [which the Gospel presents].
7 But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].
8 If we say we have no sin [refusing to admit that we are sinners], we delude and lead ourselves astray, and the Truth [which the Gospel presents] is not in us [does not dwell in our hearts].
9 If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].
10 If we say (claim) we have not sinned, we contradict His Word and make Him out to be false and a liar, and His Word is not in us [the divine message of the Gospel is not in our hearts].

Most heard excuse for not going to church is b/c of the hypocrites in the church.
Truth be told, the one using that excuse has some hypocritical behavior patterns themselves...
they won’t go to church with these people but they put their money in the same bank
they’ll buy & sell their cows at the same sale barn
they won’t sit on a pew, but they will the ball game bleachers
they won’t fellowship around the Lord’s table, but they shop at the same grocery store w/ hypocrites & eat in the same restaurants
they pump their gas right beside them
IN SHORT the church is about the ONLY place they won’t associate with these so-called “HYPOCRITES”...
Which makes that excuse...thoroughly HYPOCRITICAL.
NOW that we’ve established that we all have hypocritical tendencies let’s explore the REAL REASON people are hesitant to worship together.
WORSHIP IS MORE THE TUB BATH THAN THE HOT TUB 
Paul...Ro 3...
none righteous
all sinners
all come short of glory of God
God...
not willing any should perish
salvation for “whosoever” Jn 3:16 & Ro 10:13
cleansing for all that confess 1 Jn 1:9
Us...
not particularly interested in others watch me take a tub bath & get cleaned up...
that’s a private/personal matter
don’t like people knowing, much less seeing I’m dirty
bowing in an altar is like saying...hey, I need to refresh (Freshen Up)

NOT A SIGN OF WEAKNESS TO TAKE A BATH...
Actually it’s a sign you’ve got good sense
ever had to associate w/ someone who wouldn’t take a bath?
when they come in church, your business, transport them in a vehicle, etc...
Honestly...what’s your first thought...”THEY NEED A GOOD DIPPING”
For all the “hesitant worshipers” that are “stinking” up this community,...
what is God’s thought...THEY NEED A GOOD DIPPING...
Not uncommon difficulty to get CHILDREN to take a bath & brush their teeth...
I’ve taken kids to church camp...I know that much about kids
Also “Immaturity” that keeps people from cleaning up spiritually
We don’t want to stop “Playing” (sensual desire) & wash up

CONCL:
so nobody want’s to take a tub bath,
esp. in dirty water in the presence of other sinners
so we all sit in our social Hot Tub, pretending to be clean & socializing & comparing ourselves to each other...
...and remaining dirty
...and posing & pretending
...and posturing
...and making bubbles...
IT’S THE HOT TUB THAT’S FULL OF THE HYPOCRITES....JACK!!!
The bath tub is where we get CLEAN.
We need to compare ourselves to Jesus, NOT each other
If I’m going to have to be in close contact with you for an extended period of time...
I’ve already been here over 9 years...
I’d just as soon be clean so I don’t stink & appreciate you be clean also
To be clean nature itself teaches us we’ve got to bathe regularly...
Used to be (b/c of lack of facility & fresh water) a Saturday night bath...
No. 3 wash tub on back porch & everybody shared the water
Once a week ...
That’s a good place to start...
A good scrubbing with the Word of God & rinsing in the Blood of Jesus every Sunday morning would do this community a lot of good...
be cleaner
better attitude
smell fresher
more relational (b/c we & others don’t “stink” so bad)
TONIGHT:

we’re going to discuss 1 John chapter 1 vs by vs & see how far we get...

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