Alistair Begg

Too many leaders in the church begin their services with the question “How do you you feel, today?”. Honestly, what kind of question is that? If I relied on how I “feel”, I would question whether I was saved at all! Emotions and feelings are fickle at best and are not always based in reality. If an emotional response is not rooted in an objective truth, it cannot be trusted as reality.

Foundational truth at it's core must be objective in order to be standardized. That is where the Word Of God comes in. As the story of our God revealing Himself in history and ultimately through His Son, Jesus Christ, the Bible gives us a foundation upon which we can KNOW what is true and what is not.

This is a great clip from Alistair Begg on what we should ultimately base our Christian beliefs upon.

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Let your knowledge of the truth lead your emotions. Not the other way around!

From Wretched

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Personally, I am so glad that my standing in Christ is not based on the way I “feel”! It is based solely on His act of obedience to His Father by laying down His life for the taking away of the sin of the world!

Let's face it. Some Sunday mornings, I don't “feel” like getting up and going to church. I would much rather stick my head back under the covers and just hide away from the rest of the world. But in the grand scheme of things, does that even matter? Do we serve Christ because He makes us “feel” good? Or do we serve Him because He deserves all of our praise, no matter how that makes us “feel”?

Because of Christ's obedience, we are now righteous in the sight of God, not by our own works of righteousness, but solely on the work of Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. Because of that, we now have the righteousness of Christ imputed on our behalf. In other words, the infinite sin debt we owed to God has been wiped clean by the righteousness of Christ. So now, we have the power to become the sons of God! What a magnificent Savior!

Now, getting out of bed just seems like a trivial thing compared to Christ's work, but it is the first step in serving Him. He is also so much more worthy of songs that tell of His matchless worth, not some overly romanticized song styling. Talk about trivializing the wonders of the deep abiding love of Christ. All true worship leads to a better understanding of God's holiness, righteousness and grace.

Worship styles are not the issue here. Contemporary worship songs can contain rich lyrical content and when they do, it is a joy to hear them. Just don't let the style become the focal point. If Christ is not the center of our worship, we are worshiping an idol.