Submission to Christ is the “only hope” for a world in rebellion against God, pastor H.B. Charles Jr. said during a March 28 worship service at Proclaim 19, the National Religious Broadcasters’ International Christian Media Convention.
Charles, pastor-teacher at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida, preached on Psalm 2 during a service that featured a hymn sing led by Bob Lepine, co-host of the radio program FamilyLife Today.
After describing mankind’s rebellion and God’s response, Psalm 2 presents Jesus’ authority and the need to serve Him, Charles said.
“The only hope for rebellious mankind is this Christ we proclaim by the means that God has given us,” he said before explaining the good news of the Gospel.
“The bad news is we are sinners and our sin separates us from God,” Charles said. “The worst news is that there is nothing we can do to fix what our sin has messed up. But the good news is God sent His Son Jesus to die at the cross to pay for our sin and [He] rose from the dead for our justification. And the best news is if a sinner runs to the cross tonight and trusts in Jesus you can have free forgiveness, new life, and eternal hope tonight.
“So we leave from this conference to proclaim Christ with hope and joy and strength because ‘Blessed are all who take refuge in Him,’” he said, quoting the last verse of Psalm 2.
The verse before commands a right response: “Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.”
Charles urged the audience to recognize “everyone is a servant. No matter their position, status, or wealth, every person serves something or someone. The problem is most of us serve ourselves, and the one who serves himself has a fool for a master. The only other way is to submit all that you are and all that you have to the Lord Jesus Christ.”
The directive to “rejoice with trembling” is “one of the most succinct definitions of worship in Scripture,” he said. “When we worship God together, it shouldn’t be like a funeral or sitting in the doctor’s office or being stuck in traffic. We should rejoice.
“As we rejoice, our worship should not be an emotional response to man-centered entertainment masquerading as worship,” Charles said. “As we rejoice, we should recognize the holiness and the sovereignty and the majesty of almighty God.”
The psalm opens by describing an international rebellion that is “a grass-roots movement” that also reaches into the highest levels of human authority with kings and rulers, he said. “[H]uman rebellion against divine authority is absolutely futile. And no soul is free when it lives in rebellion against its divine Creator.”
Psalm 2 next describes God’s response, which is to laugh at mankind’s rebellion, Charles said.
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