Portland News

September 29, 2017

Friday Evening Bible Study

Tom Pricskett continued the theme of Holy Living, giving the second teaching which covered holiness in appearance. He began by reading Matthew 7:1, which says “Judge not that ye be not judged,” and spoke of how people make many judgements daily, based on what they see and hear. Sometimes these judgments are correct, and sometimes they are not. However, as 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” Brother Tom spoke of two aspects of appearance: first he explored physical appearance (what we see, hear, etc.) and then he spoke of spiritual appearance.

For an object lesson on physical appearance, there was a chair with a folded “napkin” on the seat to one side of the pulpit. Brother Tom said this represented a quick, simple dinner, maybe just a sandwich. On the other side there was a table all set up nicely with tablecloth, flowers and fine china, representing a fancy dinner. He explained that this is physical appearance. Looking on, it is natural to prefer the nicer setting. That is how humans are – judging by what they see, in their limited knowledge.

Speaking of spiritual appearance, Brother Tom reinforced the point that only God can see the heart. Only He sees who we really are. Brother Tom spoke of the importance of living with holiness and righteousness to rightly represent the Lord. He encouraged everyone by stating that holy living is not hard, it is simple – the Lord gives all the directions that are needed.

Watch the full service in the Media Center.