We sing songs in our worship. We sing songs in praise to the Lord. However, why do we sing to the Lord? What can we sing to the Lord to offer up praises to Him? Why is signing so important for our worship service?
Jude continues to speak about the Lord judging the angels and he speaks about the Lord judging people in the past. What does this have to do with our current circumstances in history? How do these examples bear any relevance for us today?
Jude warns the people of God that the Lord is serious about judgment. This is not a very happy topic, and so why does Jude mention this? Is Jesus really one who would judge his own people? Did Jesus judge people in the Old Testament?
The disciples should understand that Christ predicts his suffering, dying, and being raised up to life. When Christ talked about this part of his ministry Christ really means that he is sent to suffer, die, and to be raised up to life. The disciples and the women who were around Jesus missed this central truth. How does Christ react after his resurrection? How does Christ’s reaction put our worship into perspective and show our parting from worship to be so consoling?
If we already know the gospel then why do we need to hear about our sins being forgiven? Why would we want to talk about the forgiveness of our sins week after week?
Jude is the brother of James and the brother of our Lord. This is a brief letter, but Jude is eager to write the letter. What is Jude so eager to write about? Why does Jude talk about judgement, and what hope can we glean from a conversation regarding judgment?
We have a time of confession at the beginning of our worship service. As we join together in this time we might wonder why we would engage in such a practice. Why would we confess our sins if we are forgiven in the Lord? Why would we join together to confess our sins in a worship service?
We conclude our study on the prophet Malachi. This is a prophet that we probably are not the most familiar so what is the prophet’s contribution to our canon? Is this only a prophet who is relevant during the Christmas season when he talks about the Messiah or does this prophet communicate the Gospel in a very profound and significant way?
At this point in our Malachi we might wonder if there are any faithful people. Has the Lord forgotten His people? Has the Lord failed to keep a remnant for himself? The Lord gives the assurance that the upside is that the Lord remembers His promise. So, what is the peace of knowing that God remembers His justice?
The Lord calls His people to worship Him. This is something that we understand and assume in Christian worship, but why would we invoke or call upon the name of our God? If we know that we are worshipping Him anyway it seems that we are going to do the right thing no matter what. So, what is the significance of this invocation?