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1 Chronicles 16 and the Online Church

Posted on | December 4, 2008 |

1 Chronicle 16 lays out, almost in bulleted format, many of the functions of church.  As we think through what online churches look like, I think we have to consider what online churches will do and talk about how they will do these critical functions of church.

Here is 1 Chronicles 16:7-36.  After the text, you will see a break down of the verses with some questions.  If you are doing church, online or offline, how are you engaging every member of your church in doing these things?

 


 7 On that day David decreed for the first time that thanks be given to the LORD by Asaph and his relatives:

    8 Give thanks (C) to the LORD; call on His name;
    proclaim His deeds among the peoples. (D)

    9 Sing to Him; sing praise to Him;
    tell about all His wonderful works!

    10 Honor His holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

    11 Search for the LORD and for His strength;
    seek His face always. (E)

    12 Remember the wonderful works He has done, (F)
    His wonders, and the judgments He has pronounced, (G) [a] 13 you offspring of Israel His servant,
    Jacob’s descendants—His chosen ones.

    14 He is the LORD our God;
    His judgments [govern] the whole earth. (H)

    15 Remember His covenant forever—
    the promise He ordained for a thousand generations,

    16 [the covenant] He made with Abraham,
    swore [b] to Isaac, (I) 17 and confirmed to Jacob as a decree,
    and to Israel as an everlasting covenant: (J)

    18 “I will give the land of Canaan to you
    as your inherited portion.” (K)

    19 When they [c] were few in number,
   very few indeed, (L) and temporary residents in Canaan

    20 wandering from nation to nation
    and from one kingdom to another,

    21 He allowed no one to oppress them;
    He rebuked kings on their behalf: (M)

    22 “Do not touch My anointed ones
    or harm My prophets.” (N)

    23 Sing (O) to the LORD, all the earth.
    Proclaim His salvation from day to day.

    24 Declare His glory among the nations,
    His wonderful works among all peoples.

    25 For the LORD is great and is highly praised; (P)
    He is feared above all gods. (Q)

    26 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, (R)
    but the LORD made the heavens. (S)

    27 Splendor and majesty are before Him;
    strength and joy are in His place.

    28 Ascribe to the LORD, families of the peoples,
    ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

    29 Ascribe to the LORD the glory of His name;
    bring an offering and come before Him.
    Worship the LORD in the splendor of [His] holiness; (T)

    30 tremble (U) before Him, all the earth.
    The world is firmly established;
    it cannot be shaken.

    31 Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice, (V)
    and let them say among the nations, “The LORD is King!”

    32 Let the sea and everything in it resound;
    let the fields and all that is in them exult. (W)

    33 Then the trees of the forest will shout for joy before the LORD,
    for He is coming to judge the earth.

    34 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
    His faithful love endures forever. (X)

    35 And say: (Y) “Save us, God of our salvation;
    gather us and rescue us from the nations
    so that we may give thanks to Your holy name
    and rejoice in Your praise.

    36 May the LORD, the God of Israel, be praised (Z)
    from everlasting to everlasting.”

    Then all the people said, ” Amen” and “Praise the LORD.”

Scripture

Questions

 8 Give thanks (C) to the LORD;

How will we give thanks to the LORD in online churches?

call on His name;

How will we call on the His name?

proclaim His deeds among the peoples.

How will we proclaim, as an online church, God’s deeds in a way that people who do not know Christ will understand?

 9Sing to Him; sing praise to Him;

How will we sing praises in an online environment, rather than watching others sing praise?

tell about all His wonderful works!

How will we tell of God’s wonderful works as a part of being and doing online church?

10 Honor His holy name;

How do we honor God’s name as an online church?  (I can’t help but think that it has to be more than saying, “We honor you, Jesus.”  What does this look like?)

let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

How do we seek God in an online context, individually and as a body?  How do we rejoice together?

11 Search for the LORD and for His strength; seek His face always. (E

How will we, as online churches, search for the Lord together?  How will we seek His face together?  What does this look like?

12 Remember the wonderful works He has done, (F) His wonders, and the judgments He has pronounced, (G)  [a]  13 you offspring of Israel His servant, Jacob’s descendants—His chosen ones.

 

14 He is the LORD our God;    His judgments [govern] the whole earth.

How will we corporately remember the works God does today? (Sometime we focus so much on what God did that we forget what His is doing now.)  What does it look like to remember God’s wonders?  What does it look like to remember His judgements?

15 Remember His covenant forever — the promise He ordained for a thousand generations,   

16 [the covenant] He made with Abraham,  swore [b] to Isaac, (I) 17 and confirmed to Jacob as a decree,  and to Israel as an everlasting covenant: (J)

18 “I will give the land of Canaan to you as your inherited portion.” (K)

19 When they [c] were few in number, very few indeed, (L) and temporary residents in Canaan

20 wandering from nation to nation and from one kingdom to another,

21 He allowed no one to oppress them; He rebuked kings on their behalf: (M)

22 “Do not touch My anointed ones or harm My prophets.” (N)

How do we remember this covenant within an online context?

23 Sing (O) to the LORD, all the earth.

How do we sing together online?

Proclaim His salvation from day to day.

What will this look like as we do it as an online body?

24 Declare His glory among the nations, His wonderful works among all peoples.

25 For the LORD is great and is highly praised; (P) He is feared above all gods. (Q)

26 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, (R)   but the LORD made the heavens. (S)

27 Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and joy are in His place.

How will we declare God’s glory among the nations and tell them of all God’s wonderful works in a way that has meaning to them?

 28 Ascribe to the LORD, families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

How will we ascribe to the Lord as families?

 

What does it look like when we ascribe to the LORD the glory and strength due His name?

  29 Ascribe to the LORD the glory of His name; bring an offering and come before Him.

How will we do offerings online, as that is part of ascribing God the glory due His name?  (Notice, even in the OT this passage says ‘offerings’ rather than ‘tithes.’)

Worship the LORD in the splendor of [His] holiness; 

How will we worship the LORD online?  How is this different from ‘singing?’

30 tremble (U) before Him, all the earth. The world is firmly established; it cannot be shaken.   

31 Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice, (V) and let them say among the nations, “The LORD is King!”

32 Let the sea and everything in it resound;  let the fields and all that is in them exult. (W)

33 Then the trees of the forest will shout for joy before the LORD, for He is coming to judge the earth.

What does it look like when the Body of Christ trembles before the LORD?  What does that look like online?

34 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. (X)   

 

How will we give thanks to the LORD corporately?

35 And say: (Y) “Save us, God of our salvation; gather us and rescue us from the nations so that we may give thanks to Your holy name and rejoice in Your praise.   

36 May the LORD, the God of Israel, be praised (Z) from everlasting to everlasting.”

Then all the people said, “Amen” and “Praise the LORD.”

 

How we integrate this command within our online church?

 

 

Additional questions:

  • How will we obey 1 Chronicles 16 as we do church online? 
  • How will we obey this passage within a conversational, 24/7, on demand culture? 
  • What does it look like to have the Body of Christ do these things around the clock and around the world?
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One Response to “1 Chronicles 16 and the Online Church”

  1. Patrick Scott
    December 4th, 2008 @ 2:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. As we reach out in this generation it is important for us to consider those things so we are not just implementing new things for change sake.

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