VBS 2017: Exploring God's Wonders in the Wilds

Pack your bags and join the exploration to Biblical sites jungles and forests and discover treasures and character-building truths.

Through the Bible Adventure Series

A collection of more than 150 Bible stories arranged chronologically from Genesis to Revelation, the series is patterned after the annual calendar that approximates Christmas and the Holy Week.

Learn More About Our New Filipino Christian Educator's Guide

Good Christian education is a key to church growth. The instructions in this book may only be for Sunday school and church ministries, but the principles are founded in God’s Word and are centered towards leadership, discipleship, growth, service, and learning of the Scriptures.

Enjoy Rhymes and Verses with Peach

Collection of songs and verses for nursery. Ideal for kindergarten and play schools.

Quality Sacred Music for the Church and Family

Songbooks, Christmas Musicals, Choral Books and CDs for your music ministry and the whole family

Marriage Relationship In Philippine Context

By Samuel D. Geroy

PURPOSES OF MARRIAGE
1. Companionship, Amos 3:3
2. Enjoyment, Hebrews 13:4
3. Completeness, Genesis 2:23
4. Fruitfulness, Genesis 1:28, l Peter 3:7
5. Protection, Ephesians 5:25, Titus 2:4,5
6. Illustration of Christ & the Church, Eph. 5:31-33 

I. Husband/ Wife Relationship

   A. Husband’s Role Eph. 5:18-33
     1. Leadership– Head
     2. Love– Agape

   B. Wife’s Role 
     1. Submission
     2. Respect
     3. Love– phileo, Titus 2:4
     4. Homemaker, Proverbs 31:10-31

   C. Maintaining a Happy Marriage 
     1. Keep romantic feelings alive
     2. Develop a sense of belonging
     3. Become best of friends 
     4. Give love that is directed by the will

II. The Filipino Wife 

   A. Must reject the influence of a Matriarchal Society 
     1. Let the husband be the authority in the home, not your mother or yourself.
     2. Give responsibility to your husband and to men.
     3. You may let your husband keep the money and do the bud getting.

   B. Reject the influence of a Modern, Materialistic Society
     1. Need not work if your husband’s income is enough for family needs.
     2. If she could meet all the priorities in her home, & she has time she may work w/ his             approval, in order to find personal fulfillment. But work near the home, not abroad.
     3. She should care for the needs of her husband personally, & not let helpers do them.
     4. If she can cope with work in the home w/ the help of husband & children she need not employ a helper.

III. The Filipino Husband 

   A. Strive to seek God first, Matthew 6:33

   B. Correct the influences of a Matriarchal Society
     1. Take hold of responsibility
     2. Be the spiritual leader and counselor
     3. Must not let mother or parents dictate family life
     4. Help wife in house work.
     5. You may keep the money & do the budgeting

   C. Resist the influence of a Materialistic Culture
     1. Refrain from working abroad or far from home too long
     2. Not put too much emphasis on things money can buy
     3. Use love, not force or things
     4. Love your wife even when she’s old & no longer beautiful
     5. Make Christ your ideal, instead of the macho image of the world

   D. Work hard so that you can provide well for your family and your wife need not work, l Timothy 5:8 

WHAT CAUSES THE SPIRIT OF THE HUSBAND TO REACT TO HIS WIFE?

1. When she rehearses forgiven failures.
2. When she neglects home responsibilities. 
3. She has undefined expectations.
4. Resists his leadership
5. Shows lack of confidence in his decisions
6. Lacks a grateful spirit
7. Fails to build loyalty to him and their children
8. Confides marriage problems to other people
9. Inflexible in her priorities
10. Inability to understand what he means 

God wants every Christian family to succeed because that illustrates Christ’s success in saving and sanctifying the Church.
 

The Way of True Love

by Rev. Samuel D. Geroy

     Love is the way of all living things. Animals, birds and even flowers show love and harmony. The world is beautiful because of it. God invented love and He is the source of all true love. His love is the foundation of all loves.


     True love is very illusive. Writers, composers, singers and painters search for it. They find it in their dreams and art, but they don’t seem to find it in reality. Often, they find true love after it is gone.


LOVE COMES SOFTLY


     Love is a gift from God for man to enjoy. He made Adam to fall asleep and formed Eve from one of his ribs (a feminine rib). He brought her to him- a gift for a companion who was his mirror image on the female side.


     Love comes as a fire that slowly consumes the heart until it explodes that even the floodwaters cannot stop (Song of Solomon 8:6).


     It comes exclusively for only one. As one wisely summarized it: Love is the loneliness of one, the happiness of two, and the quarrel of three. Jesus said that we cannot serve two masters because we only love one and hate the other. Love is only understood and enjoyed fully if is concentrated on only one person or you will not comprehend and taste its fullness, and the less it will give back to you. Love’s meaning is only complete if it is devoted to only one.

     You cannot dictate or divide love because it comes naturally, spontaneously and softly.


LOVE COMES WITH A PURPOSE


     In this aspect, marriage serves the purposes of God and man.


     Married love is for
companionship. God saw that Adam was lonely even in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:18). In this harsh world we live in, two are better than one for they can cope and withstand better together (Song of Solomon 4:9-12).
 
    Married love is for enjoyment. Intimacy in marriage is the sweetest joy man and woman can experience because it is a gift from God. It is also for completeness because man is so different from a woman, and vice versa yet together they complete and complement each other.

    Fruitfulness
is the miraculous result of married love. Only a woman’s body can produce a child so that a man must love, care and surrender to a woman in order to have one. The woman also must chose the right kind of man to be the father of her children. No other wealth in this world can equal the joy of having a child who is truly your own flesh and blood.

     Marriage is
protection against other men or women, and also against dangers, insecurities, needs, and changes in this world. Paul wrote that a husband should even give his life for his wife if necessary.

     Best of all, a successful married love is an
illustration of your vibrant and satisfying relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, as your Savior and Lord. In the ultimate sense your marriage has nothing to do with your spouse. It has everything to do with your surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ.

LOVE COMES WITH RESPONSIBILITIES


     The husband is commanded to lead, and to lead in love. Love is the woman’s deepest need and without love she reacts. That love is given without conditions for it was a command and need not to be earned.


     The wife is commanded to submit, and to submit with respect. Respect is the man’s deepest need and without it he reacts. That respect is given without conditions for it was a command and need not be earned.


     The spiritual husband will continue to love his wife regardless of her respect and in the long run his love will bless her. The spiritual wife will continue to respect her husband regardless of his love and in the end her respect will bless him. This is God’s way for resolving doubts and conflicts in marriage. Marriage is a test of how you unconditionally love and respect your spouse as you obey, honor and please the Lord. When your first goal is to obey and please Jesus Christ, your needs will be met and your marriage will flourish.


     Marriages are made in heaven, but there is no perfect marriage. Usually a wife becomes perfect after she is dead, or a man becomes the best husband in the world during his funeral. Perfection is not the goal of marriage, but love and respect are. It is the harmony and balance of love and respect that makes a marriage “perfect.”


TRUE LOVE


     When you truly love someone, you desire to truly possess him/her, to make him/her your own- that means marry him/her in the right way. Otherwise, it is not believable.


     Love is the most excellent way (1 Corinthians 12:31) because love is practicing the very essence of God. Love then is better than anything else, therefore it is the greatest. It is the best way to exercise all good things. It is the sum total of all gifts and the manifestation of all goodness. Love the Lord Jesus Christ and He will give you such kind of love.


     Love makes life worth living and significant. Only when love is the motivation for something does that thing becomes meaningful. The ideal is to fall in love with someone and to discover that he/she is God’s will for you.


How do you maintain True Love?


     Romance keeps marriage interesting. Hold her hand again, look into her eyes. Commitment keeps romance from dwindling away. Remember it was your decision, and you promised in the presence of God and man. Then you spent so much for your wedding. Fight hard for the unity and success of your marriage and family. Fight all temptations, renew and review love for each other often. Be near each other as much as possible and don’t allow work, business or ambition to drive you far from each other for a long time. In short, if you want your marriage to become successful, take time and enjoy it.

 

Philosophy of Music

by Mark Herbster
posted with permission from herbsterevangelism.org


   Philosophy is the system of values and beliefs that guides our actions. The philosophy of music should branch forth from this definition. The values and beliefs of a philosophy must be rooted in a solid foundation. For the world, these beliefs are based on human experience, emotion, and opinion.


    The Christian's values, however, should be grounded in the sure foundation of scripture. A Christian whose value system is not rooted in scripture is no different from the world. Many people overlook scriptural teaching in the area of music. Instead they rely on what they like, or on what they think is good music. The real question is "what is God's philosophy of music?" The scripture has a lot to say to answer this question, and it speaks about the area of music many times. Remember, the commitment must be to the Word of God, not human experience. God does have a philosophy of music. It can be described in six words, as follows: the plan, priority, power, purpose, principles, and participation of music.

    From the creation of the world God planned for music to be a vital part of creation. In Ezekiel 28:13, many Bible scholars believe that the prophet Ezekiel is speaking of Lucifer, the great archangel. The context is in the garden of Eden. Ezekiel says that "the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created." So, it seems very probable that music was created by God in that first creation week. The over 600 scripture passages with reference to music point to God's overwhelming plan for music. God made it; it was His plan, not man's. It was made to reflect the beauty and order of His creation. Not only did God create the plan for music but He placed a special priority on music. Two hundred times in scripture God commands us to sing. In the New Testament, it is clear that God has chosen the foolishness of preaching to save souls, but second only to preaching is the area of music. Early on in the Old Testament the people of God knew there should be an emphasis on good music. Genesis 4:21 talks about a man named Jubal who was the father of all who handle the harp and organ. In Exodus Moses expressed himself through music. God wrought a great victory at Jericho partially through music. David set certain paid individuals to lead in the singing and playing of music in the temple. He saw the priority of music. All the way through Israel's history, music was a priority, and it should be a priority in these days as well. God showed the priority of music when He included a divinely inspired song book, the Psalms.

    There is such a priority placed on music in scripture simply because of the power of music. Music has the power to communicate a message far greater than the simple spoken word. Many times in scripture when someone was overwhelmed with emotion, he would communicate that message through song. Deuteronomy 31:19 speaks of a song being a witness, and Deuteronomy 31:21 says a song can testify. Music has the power to accomplish victories as it did for Joshua and Gideon. Music can comfort as it did for King Saul. Music can lead us to worship, or music can lead us to rebellion. Man understands the power of music very well. There are music companies who have researched the effect of certain styles of music on shopping. The world uses music to set different moods for various activities. It is no surprise to anyone that music can be a powerful tool to communicate a certain message.


   If God planned music and placed great priority and power on it, then what is its purpose? There is a threefold purpose of music. First, music is to glorify God. Glorification has the idea of giving a right opinion about God. Psalm 147:1 says, "Praise ye the Lord; for it is good to sing praise unto our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is comely." Throughout the book of Psalms music is used to glorify the character of God and to praise Him for His mighty works toward men. This glory and praise can be summed up in one word: Worship. A Hymn is written for the express purpose of worship. It focuses on the person and works of God.


    The second purpose is subordinate to the first. It is found in Colossians 3:16. Music is for the teaching and admonishing of the saints. Simply put, music should edify the believer. Truly, if the music is glorifying God, it will also edify the believer who is filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:18-19). Many times Gospel songs are written with the express purpose of edification.

    The third purpose is the least emphasized in scripture, and that is the evangelization of the lost. Scripture does not specifically state this purpose, but it does imply that when the unsaved see the changed life of a believer, and their heart felt worship and praise to God through singing, they will recognize the difference. The problem comes when we are willing to sacrifice the first two purposes for the purpose of winning souls. This is pragmatism. The end does not justify the means. Music should first glorify God. If it does, then it will edify the believer. If it edifies the believer, then the unsaved will notice and may be saved.


    These purposes should be applied to each area of music and its performance. The text, music, performer, and performance style must conform to the scriptural purpose in order to be scriptural music. All four of these areas must be evaluated in order to make proper choices in music.


    The plan, priority, power, and purpose of music have been laid out. Now, what are some basic scriptural principles of music? It is clear that music will not fulfill its Biblical purpose unless it agrees with Biblical principles. Music styles change, but the principles of God's Word do not. Cultures change, but Biblical principles span all cultures.


    The "new song" principle is found in Psalm 40:3. Our song as Christians should be new in quality and freshness. It should be characteristic of a changed life. When a person is born again, the Bible says that he becomes a new creature in Christ. Those old characteristics of the natural sin condition are passed away, and all things are become new. This change certainly should affect the area of music. The newness in quality is not speaking exclusively of the text, but is including music, performer and performance style as well. We should not be conforming to the world but confronting the world with our changed life.


    The second principle is the principle of appropriateness. In other words, the music and the text should be appropriate for each other. Colossians 3:16 says, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." Paul links the word of God to specific kinds of songs. It is clearly making a connection between text and music. There are appropriate songs for presenting God's message and there are inappropriate songs for presenting God's message. The method of presentation is just as important as the message. It will either support the message or detract from the message. Putting God's message with just any old music will not suffice. The music must agree with the text.


    The third principle is the principle of association. There may be some music that cannot be used simply because of the predominant associations. A certain song may be associated with a performer, a place, or a movement that is not in submission to scripture. Also, certain styles are associated with specific cultures or activities. For example, jazz is associated with the barroom scene. Christians should not associate themselves with wicked, pagan styles of music. This applies to secular music as well as sacred. Many churches today will gladly use music associated with wickedness in the "worship" of God. What a poor testimony, and blasphemy upon the name of Christ. "Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing (II Cor 6:17)."


    There are also some basic musical principles that need to be addressed. What makes a song a good, quality piece of music? Musicians in general would agree that the music itself (without the words and either secular or sacred) can be of excellent quality or poor quality. Music always consists of three elements: Melody, harmony, and rhythm. Without any one of these elements a composition is not music. These elements must be put in proper priority. The melody is the theme of the music. The harmony and rhythm are supposed to elevate the melody. Any time the melody becomes subordinate, the music is unbalanced. Both secular musicians and sacred would agree that melody affects the spirit or soul, harmony affects the mind and rhythm affects the body. Musicians know that they can get people to respond different ways by over emphasizing certain elements. For example: the New Age Movement seeks to help people self actualize by reaching an altered state of consciousness. One of the ways they use to accomplish their goal is music. The New Age style of music over emphasizes harmony. It is done on purpose to help people meditate and lose their mind. Styles are made by simply emphasizing certain elements in different ways. The only people who consistently argue about these basic musical principles are Christians! The secular musicians know exactly what they are doing!


    All these principles have been discussed because the Bible is clear that all Christians should be participating in music. Whether it be in special music, the choir, or congregational singing, all Christians should be singing and making melody in their hearts to the Lord. Not only should Christians be participating in music, but the right kind of music. It takes the Spirit's power and a knowledge of scriptural principles to properly discern what kind of music to use in listening or in ministry. It is not an easy task, but it is a necessary one. Just like God has commanded Christians to witness, he has also commanded His children to sing. It is disobedience when a born again believer chooses not to participate in music. Psalm 100 says, "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord all ye lands."


    God has a philosophy of music. He does not want us to just pick and choose as we see fit. So, we must have a value system even in the area of music. A sieve, to run our music through. The plan, priority, power, purpose, principles, and participation of music is a good place to start. God is concerned with the methods we use as well as the message that is presented. Drawing lines in the sand and taking strong stands in this battlefield is not easy, but it must be done to please the one who withstood the strongest battle when He went to an old rugged cross and defeated sin and Satan. The question is "How bad do I want to please God?"


---


About Mark Herbster
   Mark has desired to preach since he was in elementary school. Since that time, God has guided him to be involved specifically in the ministry of evangelism. To prepare for the ministry, Mark earned a B.A. in Bible from Bob Jones University an M. Div. degree at Heart of America Theological Seminary, and is presently working on a D. Min. at Northland Baptist Bible College. Mark married Amy Setchfield in 1997. They have two daughters, Megan and Madison. Both Mark and Amy have gained much valuable ministry experience in their local church and at The Wilds Christian Camp. Mark has preached at many youth rallies, revivals, evangelistic meetings and camps, as well as on the foreign mission field.

Undying Family Values

by Rev. Samuel D. Geroy

    “God sets the lonely in families.” Psalm 68:6. The Word affirms that God’s cure for loneliness and insecurity is the family (Gen. 2:18). That is why there cannot be an inhabited world without families, values and love.


The House of the Righteous, Ephesians 5:21-6:4
    The most righteous act a man can do is to love his wife and children, support guide and protect them. For the wife, it is to submit and respect her husband, and fulfill her duties of motherhood. As parents, they should be their child’s best friends and greatest influence. The father is the child’s leader, idol and source of significance. The mother is the most tender person a child could ever know and his first teacher. Without them, there would be a great vacuum in a child’s life and it would be harder for him to grasp the idea of God and his love. They also give security, character and balance to prepare him for adulthood. In return, the right thing a child could do is to love, honor and respect his parents. This gives him marvelous blessings in life later. (Eph. 6:1,2) 


    Job was a model of character, integrity and poise before his wife and children in the face of extreme trials. He maintained a big-picture perspective in the midst of his testing while doing some soul-searching and asking God questions about life. He never abandoned his commitment to his core values.

The House of Love

    I Corinthians 13 details the face of a house full of love. It does not dwell in regrets despite wrong decisions because the wrong person becomes the right person upon marriage. Spouses accept each other because they forgive each other. Love is acceptance, not perfection. In this connection, children are not an accident or burden, but a bundle of joy and possibilities. Creating love in the family is a joint effort of each member, everyone contributing his share.
Timothy’s family started as a mixed marriage. But his mother Eunice and his grandmother Lois gave him all the love, and faith by teaching him Scriptures. They provided the balance and security that made him bold to decide to go on a dangerous mission with the apostle Paul, 2 Tim 1:5; Acts 16:1,2.

The House of the Diligent

   The diligent man prizes his possessions Proverbs 12:27 and achieves his goals. His hands bring wealth 10:4, and he will rule people 12:24. His house becomes a wisdom center 1 Peter 1:4-20; a learning center Deuteronomy 6:6-9; a hospitality center 2 Kings 4:89-10, Luke 14:13; a health center Exodus 15:26; a craft center Proverbs 31:10-31, Acts 9:39; and a ministry center Acts 18:1-4. The home is the hub of life and outreach. Hard work gives it creativity, service, a healthy life and financial means to achieve for God.

    Noah was diligent in his zeal for the Lord. He walked with God, Genesis 6:9; he listened when warned by God, 6:13-21; and he worked with God in building the ark, 6:22 and preaching to his people, 2 Peter 2:5. He gave up what he accumulated for 500 years for a greater purpose- to save the world and start a new generation of mankind with a new and higher understanding of God and his purposes Genesis 9.

The Household of Faith

    The home is a man’s castle where he protects his family from the influences of a hostile world and where his children start their training to prepare for life. Basic to that training is putting saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord. The home is also a man’s treasure house where he keeps his most cherished possessions- love, character and godliness for his wife and children. Here he begins to build a godly generation that will strengthen, propagate and preserve the Christian faith for the future in the face of great wickedness that is to come.


    By his new-found faith the Philippian jailor brought salvation to his household, Acts 16:31, and a joyful life despite great odds during the time of the Roman empire, 16:32-34.

    Righteousness, love, diligence, and faith are necessary family values that will never change even in this 21st century. Let us build our lives and that of our families upon it.

Godly Music That is Truly Honoring to the Lord

by George W. Zeller, Middletown Bible Church
www.middletownbiblechurch.org

Posted with permission from www.theignorantfishermen.com


Worshipful, Reverent, God-centered, Biblically Based Music Which Is Appropriate for Those Who Have Been Purchased by Christ's Blood

   God has wonderfully delivered us from this present evil world (age), according to the will of God and our Father (Gal. 1:4). We are bought with a price and we are no longer our own (1 Cor. 6:19-20). We are bought by blood and bound by love. We are separated unto the gospel of God (Rom. 1:1) and we are separated unto the God of the gospel. Having brought us out of a horrible pit and out of the miry clay, He has put a new song in our mouths (Psalm 40:1-3).


    The new song, by its very nature, must be very different from the old song. The world knows nothing of the new song. They know nothing of deliverance from sin and peace with God. They know nothing of a precious Saviour ("unto you, therefore, who believe He is precious"–1 Peter 2:7). To them the cross is foolishness (1 Cor. 1:18; 2:14). The only songs they know are self-centered and pleasing to the flesh. Those that are in the flesh cannot please God (Rom. 8:7-8), neither can their songs.


"The world knows nothing of the new song. They know nothing of deliverance from sin and peace with God"

   When I (George Zeller) first came to the Middletown Bible Church in 1969, it was my first exposure to a Bible believing church, and one of the first things I noticed was that the music was different. The pianist was not accomplished. She did the best she could and made her fair share of mistakes. But the people sang from their hearts as if they really meant what they were singing. They were not just going through a religious ritual. They were redeemed and they loved to proclaim it. I had been to many churches where the music was quite polished and professional, but it lacked the sounds coming from souls who knew that they had been set free. The difference was quite evident.

    An actor was asked to recite the 23rd Psalm. His recitation was fluent and exceptional, with perfect intonation and diction—a flawless performance. A godly pastor was asked to recite the same Psalm. It was done from the heart and the difference was profound. One man knew the Psalm but the other man knew the Shepherd. So also, those who truly know the Shepherd are going to sing much differently than those who know Him not.


"One man knew the Psalm but the other man knew the Shepherd"

   How can someone sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs if he is unsaved, unspiritual, having not the Spirit? On the other hand, how can a spiritual believer delight in the "song of fools" (Eccl. 7:5)? The two are incompatible. The new song belongs with a new creature in Christ. The old songs belong to our past life to which we have died ("old things have passed away"). "For ye died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God....Christ who is your LIFE" (Col. 3:3-4).


    There is a massive movement in our day to bring the music of fools (CCM) into the house of God, including the jungle pulsing drumbeat and everything else connected with such sensual and fleshly musical styles. Worshipful, spiritual, reverent, God-centered, Biblically based music is becoming more and more rare in the churches. Instead of honoring the Rock of Ages, we have entered the age of Christian rock.


    Peter Masters, Pastor of the Metropolitan Temple in London (where Charles Spurgeon used to preach), has shared similar concerns:


"The 'culture' of the house of God must be joyful, yet at the same time honour the deeply reverent ethos of biblical worship"

   A ruling principle in Christian worship for generations was the need to distinguish between sacred and secular, or between sacred and profane, or spiritual and worldly. The 'culture' of the house of God must be joyful, yet at the same time honour the deeply reverent ethos of biblical worship. Until recently, evangelicals believed that the church and the world represented opposing standards and lifestyles and tastes, and so most of the world's popular jollities were treated with great suspicion. Spiritual worship was never to be confused or mixed with, or even tainted by, the debased end of the popular entertainment spectrum, because one belonged to the realm of sacred things, and the other to the realm of secular and profane things. All were convinced that Almighty God would be offended, and realized that lost sinners could not be called out of the world by a church that had adopted its lifestyle and entertainment values.

    It was believed by virtually every serious Christian that to employ in worship something that was obviously associated with (or had arisen from) an alternative culture of free sex, godlessness, drugs, and emotional orgies would be worse than inappropriate - it would be sinful.


"They therefore disclaimed the help of a fleshly world and its idiom, relying instead on the power of God, and so they had spiritual power in their worship, not the carnal 'power' of entertainment-emotionalism"

    Christians of the recent past saw that two different worlds and kingdoms stood in stark contrast to one another, the churches being the upholders of God's sovereignty, and holiness. They represented the Holy and the High. They therefore disclaimed the help of a fleshly world and its idiom, relying instead on the power of God, and so they had spiritual power in their worship, not the carnal 'power' of entertainment-emotionalism.

    As if to test the convictions of believers, the hippie and worldly Christian movements came into being, and initially, most conservative evangelicals were appalled. Why are they not all still appalled? Quickly, the new trends were picked up by leaders of youth groups, shallow churches, and certain international evangelists who had come to put earthly appeal before the standards of the Lord.


Called Out of the World

   The father of the faithful, Abraham, was called to come out of the culture of a pagan world, and live life in an altogether distinctive way for the Lord. The children of Israel in the wilderness were severely judged for wanting to go back to the foodstuffs of Egypt, even though these were not intrinsically sinful, because God had provided something special for them. The Lord was teaching them to be a distinctive people. Under the law of Moses the people were taught in many ways to distinguish between holy and unholy, and between clean and unclean, even if it meant the forbidding of things not inherently evil, in order to drill into them the law of distinction and separation. New Testament Christians have traditionally believed (as Paul said) that these 'things were written for our learning'.


"There must be a marked distinction between sacred and secular"

   Whether we consult the Old or the New Testament, purity and separation are ever to be maintained in worship. There must be a marked distinction between sacred and secular. The New Testament repeatedly commands us to hold ourselves apart from worldly activities which exalt or enshrine sinful acts and lifestyles. This is a tale of two kingdoms. 'Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world,' says John. Wherever this world's culture distinctively serves and represents fleshly living, it is to be rejected by believers. Historic, mainstream evangelicalism has always taken this very seriously. Today, pastors and leaders of inferior spiritual substance are wrecking the worship of these churches, and selling them into a progressive worldliness from which they will probably never recover. This is the tragedy of the hour. What is the point of preaching or contending for sound doctrine, if the church's practice has submitted to the world and become offensive to God? What is the point of correcting the sails if the boat is irreparably holed beneath the water line?

    Ministers may continue to preach sound doctrine in the midst of carnal noise - but they will only be serving Satan's purpose by calming and reassuring the faithful, while corruption gains total control. Many churches which have gone down this road in recent years have already become markedly shallow, frothy and indifferent to biblical standards. They have turned their Father's house into a den of entertainers. The writer has many testimonies to this effect, and has seen it in some very large churches in the USA. There, numbers have sometimes increased, but faithfulness and spirituality have plummeted. This is the future for those who defect to the contemporary worship scene. To go this way, therefore, is to be guilty both of great foolishness, and spiritual disobedience. We must stand clear - not on the grounds of taste, but on the grounds of sin.


"There, numbers have sometimes increased, but faithfulness and spirituality have plummeted"

   When it comes to music standards and anything else, may we not allow the world to squeeze us into its ungodly mold (Rom. 12:2). May we delight in singing the song of a soul set free!


He put a wonderful song in my mouth,
Of worship and praise to our God!
Many shall see it and fear and believe,
And shall put all their trust in the LORD

(From a song based on Psalm 40)

   The problem with using rock music in the church is twofold: 1) What you win them with, you win them to; 2) What you win them with, you'll have to keep them with.

    The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!


GWZ I.F.

Planning A Sunday School Curriculum

prepared by Evangeline Geroy

Need: Committed and Faithful Leaders


Assuming that your Sunday School Department is departmentalized into 3 divisions: The Children, Youth, and Adults.


Here are some points to consider in planning your long-range teaching ministry.


  • Determine to teach the whole Bible.
  • Decide how long your Through the Bible Plan will be carried through as a whole and by division.
  • For any department to use typical lessons, decide on the most needful and important topic (even if you don’t have the materials).
  • Check the materials you have in hand.
  • Look (buy or write) the lessons you don’t have. Preparation and writing of materials may be done gradually as you need them.
  • Designate a person who will commit to prepare, monitor and keep materials.
  • Challenge teachers to study and make own lessons.
  • Remember, this is a difficult but very rewarding endeavor.