MOM, DONNIE’S EATTIN’ THE POPCORN
OFF THE CHRISTMAS TREE AGAIN!
Preached By Dan Hinkle
2.) Reg. Ornaments
vs. My Ornaments
3.) Reg. Stocking
vs. my stocking
We all have different
commercial Christmas traditions. Some open presents
on Christmas Eve,
some waited until Christmas morning. Some leave milk and
cookies for Santa
others leave brownies and kool - aid because their parents
milk. Whatever your Christmas traditions might be, one tradition
has never changed
throughout the years. What is it? Santa
PICTURE OF SANTA
This fat jolly old
man has out lasted the test of time with his rosy red
cheeks and long
white beard, and his belly that shakes like a bowl full of
jelly, like mine. He is shared in almost every commercial Christmas
tradition. About this time of year he will be found in almost every mall in
America and kids will be lined
up to tell him what it is that the want for
I’m sure that
we all have our own traditions that we do every holiday
season, but Christmas
isn’t the only thing were our traditions might differ.
Our traditions differ in the Church as well.
Traditions in the Church
What is a tradition?
Tradition is the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, or information from generation
It is a long-established or inherited way of thinking or acting.
Our Church traditions
might have been handed down to us from our parents or
even the church
we attend at some point in our lives. They are what we are
But, no matter how different our traditions in Church are, there is
one thing that has never changed throughout time. What
is it? God.
1.) Some might like the Pews others enjoy chairs. But our God
is the same God.
2.) Some might like Hymns others like contemporary worship songs. But
God is the same God.
3.) Some might like to bow at the alter when they pray some might like to lay on
their face and drool on the carpet like
me. But our God is the same God.
4.) Some might like the calm speaking like I’m doing now when the preacher delivers the message some
might like those preachers from way down south (hack). But our God is the same
Our Holy Awesome
God made the test of time. He is shared in every Christian
religion. He made my belly shake like a bowl full of jelly. God is the
same, has never
changed and will never changed. He has been, is, and will
always be God.
So if God is still
the same, why all the different denominations of
churches? Does traditions
make a church a true church? No. But
play a part in the
different denominations category.
The bible speaks
of traditions in Isaiah 29:13
“These people come near to me and honor me with their lips, but their
Hearts are far from me. Their
worship of me is made up only of rules
taught by man.”
Beliefs in the church.
What about beliefs.
A belief is defined as something believed; an opinion or conviction.
Our beliefs are
important to us, aren’t they? They are what we stand for
and stand beside
when we are tested. So our beliefs must make a church a
church. They must be to blame for different denominations. Different
yes, at least for the most part. Do they make a church a
church? No. How can they. Not
everyone in this room share the same
1.) Some believe that the gift of tongue is a unknown divine language Spoken through a person by the Holy Spirit
others believe it is the ability to speak a known foreign language.
2.) Some believe that the gift of prophesy is God giving someone an insight of things in someone’s life or something that will
happen to someone in the future others believe that it is the gift where Gods reveals a message for someone to preach in church.
3.) Some believe Jesus had blonde hair and blue eyes, some believe he had brown hair and brown eyes (I’ve
heard people arguing about that before!)
These are just a
few of the beliefs that may differ from each others.
The Bible tells
us what do with are beliefs in 1 John 4:1
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see
whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out
We have to put our
beliefs to the test. We can’t just choose to belief
something and find
one or two verses in the Bible that support our belief
and say, “I
found it in the Bible! It must be of God! My belief is right!”
We also have to
look for verses that prove it wrong. That is how we test
our beliefs to see
if they are of God. If our belief doesn’t pass the Bible
test, how can we
honestly say it is true.
What is it that’s makes a church a church?
So, if it isn’t
traditions that make a church a true church, and it isn’t
beliefs that makes
a church a true church, then what is it?
What makes a church a true church is when God is worship, honored and respected in the Truth and Spirit.
You want me to tell
you my traditions and beliefs. I will.
Just not up here. Because this alter that I’m standing on is intended
by God to only contain what we know to be Truth and Spirit. My traditions have
no purpose to be spoke up here, because I couldn’t guarantee
you that are of
Truth and Spirit, because my traditions were handed down to be my parents and things I have experienced in my life. They weren’t handed down to me from God. What right
do I have to tell you my beliefs, when they are my opinions about things that I have studied and experience. God hasn’t showed me if they are of Truth and Spirit. And
with the same note, who am I to stand up here and tell you that your traditions and beliefs are wrong. I can’t judge how you worship God.
1.) Some raise their hands during worship and sing in a loud voice to God, some close their eyes and sing to God in a soft whisper.
2.) Some raise their heads and pray to God in loud voice, some bow their heads
and pray in their mind
3.) Some may believe that God has given them a gift of the Spirit, some believe that the gifts weren’t intend for the church of today.
4.) Some may believe that God still heals people through someone’s prayers, Others believe that God blesses the doctors to make us fill better.
Who are we to judge
someone else’s traditions by our own traditions?
Who are we to judge
someone else’s beliefs by our own beliefs?
Who are we to judge
someone else’s style of worship by our own style of worship?
We do not come to church to focus on our differences.
We come to church to focus on what we have in common, and
that is The Truth.
What Truth do we
That Jesus Christ
came into this world born of a virgin. He didn’t come to
condemn it, but
to save it, and by doing so, he was nailed to a cross and
died. He didn’t even have a tomb of his own, but was placed in a borrowed
tomb, where three
days later he rose again defeating death, sin and Satan
himself, and became
our living sacrifice so that the doors that stood
between man and
God would forever be opened to any man or woman who will
choose to walk thru
That is the Truth
that we come here to worship. That is the Sacrifice that
binds us together
as a family. That Is the Spirit that makes us a true
John 4:23 & 24 reads
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship
the Father in Spirit and in Truth, for they are the kind of worshipers
Father seeks. God is Spirit,
and his worshipers must worship in Spirit and
We have our own
traditions. We have our own beliefs. And
we might worship
in different ways. We might do things a little different then each other.
But it’s what
we share that is important. We share the Spirit and the
Truth. We share God.