Songs play an important role in worship and an important role in scripture. Many of the psalms were songs sung when Israel worshipped God. Several statements in the New Testament were either songs or parts of songs that were sung in the early church.

A number of statements in Paul's writings were likely songs sung in the early church.

This evening I want us to read some scriptures and sing some of the songs that came from those scriptures.

What does it mean to be God's people? It means many things. But one thing it means above all other things is that we seek God first. God and His purposes come before everything else.

God wants you as His child. Jesus wants to forgive your sins and give the gift of righteousness. The Spirit wants you to see God as the God who loves and Jesus as the Savior who loves you. We want you to be baptized into Christ. We want you to renew your commitment to godliness.

Since the invitation is given by Jesus, let's allow him to make it. After I share with you this reading, we will stand and sing our invitation song.

Matthew 6:33 - "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you."

Invitation Song #555 - "Seek Ye First"

David Chadwell

West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR
Evening Sermon, 3 January 1999

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