Making much of Jesus in preaching
And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Co 2:1–5). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
Making much of Jesus in our singing
23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Jn 4:23–24). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
“I should think myself in the way of my duty to raise the affections [emotions] of my hearers as high as possibly I can, provided that they are affected with nothing but truth.” – Jonathan Edwards
- By gatherings, we remind each other of who we are and whose we are.
- By gathering, we remind ourselves that temporal trails we will face will have a joyful end.
- By gathering, it allows us to encourage growth and fight stagnation.
- By gathering, we are spending time with family.
- To remind us of our living hope. (From Why Should I Go to Church?)