Waiting

Matthew 25:1-13

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’

13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

To the Church of God in Corinth

2 Corinthians 1:1

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

To the church of God in Corinth, together with all his holy people throughout Achaia:

Paul visited Corinth on his second missionary journey and founded a church there. He later wrote several letters to the believers in Corinth, two of which are included in the Bible. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians is lost, his second letter to them is the book of 1 Corinthians, his third letter is lost, and his fourth letter is the book of 2 Corinthians. Second Corinthians was written less than a year after 1 Corinthians.

To the Church of God in Corinth

Paul wrote 1 Corinthians to deal with divisions in the church. When his advice was not taken and their problems weren’t solved, Paul visited Corinth a second time. That visit was painful both for Paul and for the church. He then planned a third visit, but delayed it and wrote 2 Corinthians instead. After writing 2 Corinthians, Paul visited Corinth once more.

Book of the Law

Joshua 1:8

8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Attainable Intimacy with God

Psalm 131:2

Like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

Salmos 131:2

Soy como un niño recién amamantado en el regazo de su madre.
¡Mi alma es como un niño recién amamantado!

We cannot survive without God.

No podemos sobrevivir sin Dios.

Psalm 4:7-8

You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Salmos 4:7-8

Tú diste alegría a mi corazón
Mayor que la de ellos cuando abundaba su grano y su mosto.
En paz me acostaré, y asimismo dormiré;
Porque solo tú, Jehová, me haces vivir confiado.

Greater joy comes from God.

Mayor alegría viene de Dios.

Psalm 16:11

You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Salmos 16:11

Me mostrarás la senda de la vida;
En tu presencia hay plenitud de gozo;
Delicias a tu diestra para siempre.

Joy comes in the presence of God.

La alegría viene en la presencia de Dios.

Psalm 28:7

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

Salmos 28:7

Jehová es mi fortaleza y mi escudo;
En él confió mi corazón, y fui ayudado,
Por lo que se gozó mi corazón,
Y con mi cántico le alabaré.

God is our strength and our shield.

Dios es nuestra fortaleza y nuestro escudo.

When We Love

Galatians 5:13

You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.

Gálatas 5:13

Les hablo así, hermanos, porque ustedes han sido llamados a ser libres; pero no se valgan de esa libertad para dar rienda suelta a sus pasiones. Más bien sírvanse unos a otros con amor.

When we love, we are free.

Cuando amamos, somos libres.

Galatians 5:14

The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Gálatas 5:14

En efecto, toda la ley se resume en un solo mandamiento: «Ama a tu prójimo como a ti mismo».

When we love Jesus, we do not love out of obligation.

Cuando amamos a Jesús, no amamos por obligación.

God’s Throne of Grace

Hebrews 4:16

16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

What the Bible Teaches About Worship

Worship is first and foremost an encounter with the living and holy God.

Exodus 3:5

5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

God is our friend, but He is also our sovereign Lord. To approach Him frivolously shows a lack of respect and sincerity. When you come to God in worship, do you approach Him casually, or do you come as though you were an invited guest before a King?

Worship is only as real as the involvement of those participating.

Leviticus 7:38

38 which the LORD gave Moses at Mount Sinai in the Desert of Sinai on the day he commanded the Israelites to bring their offerings to the LORD.

All the rituals in Leviticus were meant to teach the people valuable lessons. But over time, the people became indifferent. When your church appears to be conducting dry, meaningless rituals, try rediscovering the meaning and purpose behind them. Your worship will be revitalized.

A true worship experience is often a direct result of preparation for worship.

Numbers 28:1-2

The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Give this command to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Make sure that you present to me at the appointed time my food offerings, as an aroma pleasing to me.’

Following these rituals took time, and this gave the people the opportunity to prepare their hearts for worship. Unless your heart is ready, worship is meaningless. God is delighted when you are prepared to come before Him in a spirit of thankfulness.

Believers should take advantage of every opportunity and praise God.

Psalm 81:1-3

1
Sing for joy to God our strength;
shout aloud to the God of Jacob!
2
Begin the music, strike the timbrel,
play the melodious harp and lyre.

3
Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon,
and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival;

Israel’s holidays reminded the nation of God’s great miracles. Remember the spiritual origin of the holidays you celebrate, and use them as opportunities to worship God for His goodness to you, your family, and your nation.

Worship and music go hand in hand.

1 Chronicles 25:1

David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals. Here is the list of the men who performed this service:

David instituted music for the temple worship services. Worship should involve the whole person, and music helps lift a person’s thoughts and emotions to God. Through music you can celebrate God’s greatness.

Worship is bringing the best believers have to Christ.

Matthew 2:11

11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

The wise men brought gifts and worshiped Jesus for who He was. This is the essence of true worship—honoring Christ for who He is and being willing to give Him what is valuable to you. Worship God because He is worthy of the best you have to give.

Genuine worship results in submission and obedience to Jesus.

1 Corinthians 14:12

12 So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.

Jesus is more than just a great leader. He is the Son of God. When you understand this profound truth, the only adequate response is worship. When you have a correct understanding of Christ, you will obey Him.

Everything done in corporate worship must be beneficial to the worshipers.

Matthew 17:5

5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

This principle touches every aspect of worship. Those contributing to a worship service must speak useful words or participate in a way that will strengthen the faith of other believers.

In worship, everything must be done in harmony and with order.

1 Corinthians 14:40

40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.

Even when the gifts of the Holy Spirit are being exercised, there is no excuse for disorder. When there is chaos, the church is not allowing God to work among believers as He would like. Make sure that what you bring to worship is appropriate, but also make sure that you participate.

What the Bible Teaches About Worship

The Good Seat

James 2:2-4

2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?