According to the Scriptures
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, 1st Corinthians 15:3.
The modern tendency to embellish church services with upbeat music, casual dress, and assorted devices to generate excitement is in large part a reaction to the sterility of the average Fundamental, Bible Believing, blah, blah blah Baptist Church. Like taking a cold shower, you need to be really convinced of the benefits to keep yourself regularly attending one. The younger generations are fleeing.
The antidote to such boring and lifeless services is the preaching of the scriptures in their fullness. Arrayed against the concept of preaching the fullness of scripture is a cadre of men devoted to the concept of Dispensationalism wherein its adherents feel obligated to stick to the Pauline Epistles to teach doctrine for today. I receive a never ending flow of emails and memes warning me that in the Apostle Paul's epistles the gospel that saves is strictly the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Gravely, they warn us that tapping into other sources of scripture will give the hearers a false gospel intended for another dispensation.
Let's take a look at what the good Apostle told us in 1st Corinthians 15:1-1-4.
1st Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
1st Corinthians 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
1st Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1st Corinthians 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
I hear this expostulated as being solely the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Solemnly we are warned that to go outside of the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is to add to the gospel. Yet, the Apostle Paul did not limit us to the death burial and resurrection. He said, that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures. What scriptures was he talking about? Further, he said, that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. Again, I ask, what scriptures?
Could it be the same scriptures that Jesus Christ preached to his disciples on the road to Emmaus and by the edge of the sea while they ate broiled fish? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself, Luke 24:27. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me, Luke 24:44.
Jesus himself said, Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me, John 5:39. Jesus Christ himself testified that it is impossible to believe him if you don't believe Moses first:
John 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
John 5:47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
Our modern preachers have found a way around that. They just get their ignorant prey to repeat a prayer based on their concept of Romans 10:13, For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. They utterly ignore the next verse, How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? It is not up to the preacher to decide what true belief is. It isn't up to the person praying. It is up to Jesus Christ what he calls belief.
He said that it is impossible to believe on him if you don't believe Moses. A person can pray until the spittle runs down their beard, but it won't bring salvation unless the Holy Ghost recognizes their faith as scriptural faith. The Apostle Paul did not set out a different set of rules. He plainly said, Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith, Galatians 3:24.
Paul also made clear that his gospel depended on the law of God making people into sinners.
1st Timothy 1:8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
1st Timothy 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
1st Timothy 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
1st Timothy 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
He couldn't have made it much more plain than that. According to Paul's gospel, the fullness of scriptures was to be preached to allow the Holy Ghost to convict sinners of their sin and to drag convicted sinners to the cross of Jesus Christ for the relief from sin and from the penalty of sin. I see much evidence of dry lifeless churches trying to get by on their lifeless preaching void of any conviction for sinners.
Get rid of the junk. A church in the 21st century can burst at the seams with young people who are excited to hear strong biblical King James Bible preaching and who love singing the old hymns. What the churches need is a clergy who love and believe the book they carry and who are so fully immersed in its doctrines that it oozes out into everything they preach.
Here is the testimony of a young father who heard the voice of Jesus Christ as a preacher preached out of the Psalms. (Click Here). Here is the message that had been preached. (Click Here).