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Title: The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation


1
The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation
  • Why is it that we do not use instruments of music
    in our worship?

2
The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation
  • Why is it that we do not use instruments of music
    in our worship?
  • The foundation of all we do is the cross of
    Christ. (Gal 220)

3
The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation
  • Galatians 220 (NKJV) - I have been crucified
    with Christ it is no longer I who live, but
    Christ lives in me and the life which I now live
    in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,
    who loved me and gave Himself for me.

4
The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation
  • When you have personally been crucified then
    whenever you hear of the cross of Christ it is
    significant.

5
The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation
  • When you have personally been crucified then
    whenever you hear of the cross of Christ it is
    significant.
  • There are many within churches who have never
    been crucified and, as a result, are not
    Christians and have no understanding or real
    Christianity. (Gal 614)

6
The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation
  • Galatians 614 (NKJV)- But God forbid that I
    should boast except in the cross of our Lord
    Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been
    crucified to me, and I to the world.

7
The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation
  • The stand of the cross will not be popular with
    other religious views. (Gal 612)

8
The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation
  • Galatians 612 (NKJV) - As many as desire to make
    a good showing in the flesh, these would compel
    you to be circumcised, only that they may not
    suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

9
The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation
  • The cross will bring clarity between the will of
    Christ and the desires of worldly religion.

10
The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation
  • The crucified man will stand where the worldly
    Christian will seek a place to
    hide for the sake of peace and unity.

11
The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation
  • The crucified man will stand where the worldly
    Christian will seek a place to
    hide for the sake of peace and unity.
  • I beg you to be crucified! You will be surprised
    where it will lead you.

12
The Cross of Christ is Our Foundation
  • The crucified man will stand where the worldly
    Christian will seek a place to
    hide for the sake of peace and unity.
  • I beg you to be crucified! You will be surprised
    where it will lead you.
  • The question of our worship to God is clearly a
    cross issue. Finding fellowship
    with God and knowing His will is entirely defined
    by the Cross.

13
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • God has always used the word covenant to
    describe all relationships to Him.

14
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • God has always used the word covenant to
    describe all relationships to Him.
  • diatheke - 1) a disposition, arrangement, of any
    sort, which one wishes to be valid, the last
    disposition which one makes of his earthly
    possessions after his death, a testament or will
    2) a compact, a covenant, a testament 2a)
    God's covenant with Noah, etc.

15
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • Why was a covenant so significant to Noah? (Gen
    618)

16
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • Genesis 618 (NKJV) - But I will establish My
    covenant with you and you shall go into the
    arkyou, your sons, your wife, and your sons
    wives with you.

17
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • God has always required a shedding of blood in
    order for a relationship to exist with
    Him. (Heb 918, 22-23)

18
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • Hebrews 918 (NKJV) - Therefore not even the
    first covenant was dedicated without blood.

19
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • Hebrews 922-23 (NKJV) - And according to the law
    almost all things are purified with blood, and
    without shedding of blood there is no
    remission.23 Therefore it was necessary that the
    copies of the things in the heavens should be
    purified with these, but the heavenly things
    themselves with better sacrifices than these.

20
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • As the Jews has a covenant that defined their
    relationship with God, we as Christians have a
    better covenant based upon the blood shed at the
    cross of Christ. (Heb 86)

21
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • Hebrews 86 (NKJV) - But now He has obtained a
    more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also
    Mediator of a better covenant, which was
    established on better promises.

22
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • Did you remember the blood of the covenant when
    you partook of the Lords supper? (Mt
    2628-29 1 Cor 1124-25)

23
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • Matthew 2628-29 (NKJV) - For this is My blood of
    the new covenant, which is shed for many for the
    remission of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will
    not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on
    until that day when I drink it new with you in My
    Fathers kingdom.

24
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • 1 Corinthians 1124-25 (NKJV) - and when He had
    given thanks, He broke it and said, Take, eat
    this is My body which is broken for you do this
    in remembrance of Me. 25 In the same manner He
    also took the cup after supper, saying, This cup
    is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as
    often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.

25
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • The covenant is extensive and complete. Both the
    shedding of Christs blood and the
    delivery of the covenant was a once for all
    event. (Heb 926-28)

26
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • Hebrews 926-28 (NKJV) - He then would have had
    to suffer often since the foundation of the
    world but now, once at the end of the ages, He
    has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of
    Himself. 27And as it is appointed for men to die
    once, but after this the judgment,

27
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of
    many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will
    appear a second time, apart from sin, for
    salvation.

28
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • How many of you would fall for one that claimed
    that a new sacrifice for our sins needs to be
    made?

29
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • How many of you would fall for one that claimed
    that a new sacrifice for our sins needs to be
    made?
  • There are three things in this verse that are
    once for all, that is, they will never
    be repeated or added to.

30
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • The delivery of the covenant was also a once for
    all event. (Jude 3)

31
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • Jude 3 (NKJV) - Beloved, while I was very
    diligent to write to you concerning our common
    salvation, I found it necessary to write to you
    exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith
    which was once for all delivered to the saints.

32
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • It is in this body of truth, the faith, that
    will obey the Lord. (Acts 67)

33
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • Acts 67 (NKJV) - Then the word of God spread,
    and the number of the disciples multiplied
    greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the
    priests were obedient to the faith.

34
The Covenant of Jesus Christ was dedicated at the
cross
  • What about those who contend for an ongoing
    delivery of Gods will?

35
The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His
covenant alone
  • God has clearly revealed the place and time where
    the old covenant ended. (Col 214-17)

36
The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His
covenant alone
  • Colossians 214-17 (NKJV) - having wiped out the
    handwriting of requirements that was against us,
    which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out
    of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15
    Having disarmed principalities and powers, He
    made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over
    them in it.

37
The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His
covenant alone
  • 16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink,
    or regarding a festival or a new moon or
    sabbaths, 17which are a shadow of things to come,
    but the substance is of Christ.

38
The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His
covenant alone
  • This plainly shows the scope of a covenant.
    Worship and service are central issues to a
    relationship with God.

39
The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His
covenant alone
  • This plainly shows the scope of a covenant.
    Worship and service are central issues to a
    relationship with God.
  • As the Old Covenant was removed at the cross, the
    New covenant was now in force. (Heb 916-17)

40
The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His
covenant alone
  • Hebrews 916-17 (NKJV) - For where there is a
    testament, there must also of necessity be the
    death of the testator. 17 For a testament is in
    force after men are dead, since it has no power
    at all while the testator lives.

41
The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His
covenant alone
  • Without this knowledge we would have great
    confusion as we read the Bible.

42
The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His
covenant alone
  • Without this knowledge we would have great
    confusion as we read the Bible.
  • Our eternal salvation depends upon out
    understanding this distinction. (Gal 51-4)

43
The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His
covenant alone
  • Galatians 51-4 (NKJV) - Stand fast therefore in
    the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and
    do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
    2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become
    circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. 3
    And I testify again to every man who becomes
    circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole
    law.

44
The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His
covenant alone
  • 4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who
    attempt to be justified by law you have fallen
    from grace.

45
The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His
covenant alone
  • Many Jewish Christians gave into pressure and
    tried to force Gentile Christians to be
    circumcised according the Old Covenant.

46
The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His
covenant alone
  • Many Jewish Christians gave into pressure and
    tried to force Gentile Christians to be
    circumcised according the Old Covenant.
  • This was not a matter of traditions or
    conveniences, but the Cross of Christ
    itself! (Gal 511)

47
The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His
covenant alone
  • Galatians 511 (NKJV) - And I, brethren, if I
    still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer
    persecution? Then the offense of the cross has
    ceased.

48
The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His
covenant alone
  • How many religious practices are based upon the
    Old Covenant alone?

49
The Cross of Christ demands that we abide in His
covenant alone
  • Where in the New Covenant do we read of tithing,
    a separate priesthood (clergy), the burning of
    incense, or the use of instruments of music in
    praise to God?

50
What does the Cross of Christ teach us about
worship?
  • How should we approach the Lords Supper? (Mt
    2626-28)

51
What does the Cross of Christ teach us about
worship?
  • Matthew 2626-28 (NKJV) - And as they were
    eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it,
    and gave it to the disciples and said, Take,
    eat this is My body. 27Then He took the cup,
    and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,
    Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My
    blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many
    for the remission of sins.

52
What does the Cross of Christ teach us about
worship?
  • We must remember the reason for why we eat.

53
What does the Cross of Christ teach us about
worship?
  • We must remember the reason for why we eat.
  • Does the outward form matter? Suppose we
    substituted hamburger and coke for
    the fruit of the vine and bread?

54
What does the Cross of Christ teach us about
worship?
  • We must remember the reason for why we eat.
  • Does the outward form matter? Suppose we
    substituted hamburger and coke for
    the fruit of the vine and bread?
  • Do we change the instructions of the covenant
    because of human wisdom or
    convenience?

55
What does the Cross of Christ teach us about
worship?
  • Could we use bread and fruit of the vine but
    add some peanut butter to it?

56
What does the Cross of Christ teach us about
worship?
  • Could we use bread and fruit of the vine but
    add some peanut butter to it?
  • How should we praise God in our worship?

57
What does the Cross of Christ teach us about
worship?
  • Could we use bread and fruit of the vine but
    add some peanut butter to it?
  • How should we praise God in our worship?
  • Under the Old Covenant God gave specific
    instructions that included both vocal
    and instrumental music. (2 Chron 2925-26)

58
What does the Cross of Christ teach us about
worship?
  • 2 Chronicles 2925-26 (NKJV) - And he stationed
    the Levites in the house of the Lord with
    cymbals, with stringed instruments, and with
    harps, according to the commandment of David, of
    Gad the kings seer, and of Nathan the prophet
    for thus was the commandment of the Lord by His
    prophets. 26 The Levites stood with the
    instruments of David, and the priests with the
    trumpets.

59
What does the Cross of Christ teach us about
worship?
  • Why not simply look at every verse in the New
    Covenant and see what God wants?

60
What does the Cross of Christ teach us about
worship?
  • Vocal Music ? Instrumental Music?
  • Matthew 2630 (NKJV) - And when they had sung a
    hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

61
What does the Cross of Christ teach us about
worship?
  • Vocal Music ? Instrumental Music?
  • Acts 1625 (NKJV) - But at midnight Paul and
    Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and
    the prisoners were listening to them.

62
What does the Cross of Christ teach us about
worship?
  • Vocal Music ? Instrumental Music?
  • Romans 159 (NKJV) - and that the Gentiles might
    glorify God for His mercy, as it is written For
    this reason I will confess to You among the
    Gentiles, And sing to Your name.

63
What does the Cross of Christ teach us about
worship?
  • Vocal Music ? Instrumental Music?
  • 1 Corinthians 1415 (NKJV) - What is the
    conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and
    I will also pray with the understanding. I will
    sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with
    the understanding.

64
What does the Cross of Christ teach us about
worship?
  • Vocal Music ? Instrumental Music?
  • Ephesians 519 (NKJV) - speaking to one another
    in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing
    and making melody in your heart to the Lord,

65
What does the Cross of Christ teach us about
worship?
  • Vocal Music ? Instrumental Music?
  • Colossians 316 (NKJV) - Let the word of Christ
    dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and
    admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and
    spiritual songs, singing with grace in your
    hearts to the Lord.

66
What does the Cross of Christ teach us about
worship?
  • Vocal Music ? Instrumental Music?
  • Hebrews 212 (NKJV) - saying I will declare
    Your name to My brethren In the midst of the
    assembly I will sing praise to You.

67
What does the Cross of Christ teach us about
worship?
  • Vocal Music ? Instrumental Music?
  • Hebrews 1315 (NKJV) - Therefore by Him let us
    continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God,
    that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to
    His name.

68
What does the Cross of Christ teach us about
worship?
  • Vocal Music ? Instrumental Music?
  • James 513 (NKJV) - Is anyone among you
    suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let
    him sing psalms.

69
What does the Cross of Christ teach us about
worship?
  • These questions are made much simpler when seen
    in the shadow of the cross.

70
What does the Cross of Christ teach us about
worship?
  • These questions are made much simpler when seen
    in the shadow of the cross.

71
These questions are made much simpler when seen
in the shadow of the cross.
  • Is the blood of the New Covenant sufficient for
    you? (Heb 1320-21)

72
These questions are made much simpler when seen
in the shadow of the cross.
  • Hebrews 1320-21 (NKJV) - Now may the God of
    peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the
    dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through
    the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make
    you complete in every good work to do His will,
    working in you what is well pleasing in His
    sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory
    forever and ever. Amen.

73
These questions are made much simpler when seen
in the shadow of the cross.
  • The people who submit to the Great Shepard will
    be very different from the world.

74
These questions are made much simpler when seen
in the shadow of the cross.
  • The people who submit to the Great Shepard will
    be very different from the world.
  • Are you ashamed of the Cross or boldly carrying
    it? (Gal 612, 14)

75
These questions are made much simpler when seen
in the shadow of the cross.
  • Galatians 612 (NKJV) - As many as desire to make
    a good showing in the flesh, these would compel
    you to be circumcised, only that they may not
    suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

76
These questions are made much simpler when seen
in the shadow of the cross.
  • Galatians 614 (NKJV) - But God forbid that I
    should boast except in the cross of our Lord
    Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been
    crucified to me, and I to the world.
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