“The Only True God” We cannot have faith in faith. Most people have faith in something or someone. Some people believe it is not so much what or who you believe in as it is about just believing. There are people who worship sincerely, intensely, but are worshiping the wrong god. The first commandment puts that falsehood to rest. The first commandment is foundational to all the rest. If any moral Law is going to be binding on us, there must be a divine lawgiver. The Ten Commandments were not written up based on some internet poll. The question is, “Who has the right to tell us how to live?” The majority? God has the right to tell us how to live because He created us and knows what is best for us, what brings true freedom. “Which God?” someone might ask. Exactly says Exodus 20. There are not many gods. The only true God is the God of the Bible.
NCF Sunday Worship June 19, 2022
June 19, 2022 • Pastor Bob Becker • 1 Corinthians 8:4–6, Exodus 20:3, Isaiah 45:22, Psalm 50:1–6
NCF Worship 6/12/22 - Graduate Sunday
June 12, 2022 • Pastor Bob Becker • Exodus 20:1–2, Matthew 5:17–18, Psalm 118:14–21, Galatians 4:1–7
“The Holy God Saves His People” One mistake we often make in studying the Ten Commandments (Ten Words) is we fail to see the Gospel in them. We fail to see the good news of the Law. Therefore, we should not skip over the first two verses of Exodus 20. God reminds Israel that He is the God who brought them out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. God saves us to give us the ability to obey His Law. We, as Paul reminds us in Galatians 4, must never believe the Law saves us or make the Law a burden by adding to it. The Law shows us we need Someone else to fulfill it since we cannot fulfill it ourselves but are condemned by it. The freedom to obey the Law was given to us by God saving us through Christ Jesus. This should bring us great joy because even when we fail in our obedience we are still saved through Christ’s obedience.
NCF Sunday Worship
June 5, 2022 • Pastor Bob Becker • Psalm 42:1–2, Ezekiel 34:12–16, 3 John, 2 Timothy 1:1–2
“Pastoral Leadership” In 3 John the Apostle John, the elder, writes a personal letter to Gaius. He writes to thank him for his hospitality since he was willing to care for the representatives John sent to instruct a group of house churches and to deliver to Gaius this personal letter. Diotrephes probably was not a false teacher, but he refuses to listen to the Apostle John and his representatives and is excommunicating from the church anyone who shows hospitality to traveling missionaries even if they come from the Apostle John. John not only has had to rebuke false teachers but now he must correct a leader in the church who is only about putting himself first. What does a pastor do when he has division in the church because a leader is misusing his authority? He pulls to himself those who are faithful in the church including leaders who rightly exercise oversight. He encourages them that they are on the side of truth and are loved by him.