The message was about why we, as worshipers, bring an offering to God. The emphasis the past several weeks has been on worship in general and why we do what we do. Why does our worship include the Word of God? Why do we worship in song? Why do we pray in worship? You get the idea. These are worthwhile questions to ask and explore with your church family because it is very easy in our day to day life to simply act and respond out of habit. Sometimes, we forget to ask why.
While Pastor Bob Carpenter was teaching on “Why we worship with offerings” he used the scripture reference of Genesis 28:10-22. This is a wonderful account of Jacob’s dream where he hears directly from God. Pastor Bob mentioned that it may very well have been this point in Jacob’s life that the God of his father (Abraham) also became his God.
It’s impossible to know how the Holy Spirit is going to minister to the heart of a believer. I would not have expected this minor note in the message to become a spiritual foothold in my thoughts but here we are and here it is.
The topic of the sermon was “One Mind”. The base scripture referenced can be found in the book of Philippians.
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
To get a more complete picture of what the apostle Paul is referring to when he said, “have this mind among yourselves …” you need to step back just a bit.
I’ve always been fond of the Church as described in the book of Acts. I remember being introduced to this historical account not long after I was saved and finding myself completely enamored by the notion of a group of believers in Christ having such a sense of faith and community.
Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.
My pastor recently preached on the topic of “One Heart” and what can be accomplished when God’s Church embraces this truth.