Frequently Asked Questions



A.  Why we worship

1. Because Jesus said in John 3:23-24  “But the hour is coming, and now is,when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth: for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.  God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

2. Jesus desires to fill us with His Holy Spirit.
John 16:13  “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will   speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

3. Jesus said the Word is Truth. John 17:17 “Sanctify them by Your truth; Your Word is Truth.”


B.  Can we use Old Testament Scripture to help determine how we should
     worship God today?

1. The Apostle Paul used them. Acts 25:14 “But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets.”

2. Romans 15:4 “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”

3. I Corinthians 10:11 “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.”

4. II Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

 

C. The way we worship

1. SINGING.
Psalm 30:4 “Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His Holy Name.”
Psalm 95:1 “Oh come , let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.”
Ephesians 5:19 “Speaking to one another in psalms, and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”
Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

2. KNEELING.
Psalm 95:6 “O come, let us worship and bow down: Let us kneel before the Lord our God our Maker.”
II Chronicles 6:13 “(for Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood on it, knelt down on his knees before all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven):”
Acts 20:36 “And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.”

3. STANDING.
Psalm 134:1 “Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who by night stand in the house of the Lord!”
Psalm 135:1-3 “Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord: Praise Him, O you servants of the Lord! You who stand in the house of the Lord. In the courts of the house of our God, praise the Lord, for the Lord is good: sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant.”
Deuteronomy 10:8 “At that time the Lord separated the tribe of Levi to bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to minister to Him and to bless in His name, to this day.”

4. LIFTING UP HANDS.
Psalm 134:2 “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.”
I Timothy 2:8 “I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting:”
II Chronicles 6:13 “(for Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood on it, knelt down on his knees before all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven):”
Psalm 63:4 “Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.”

5. CLAPPING.
Psalm 47:1 “Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
Psalm 98:7&8 “Let the sea roar, and all its fullness. The world and those who dwell in it; Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the hills be joyful together before the Lord.”
Isaiah 55:12 “For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

6. DANCING.
Psalm 149:3 “Let them praise His name with the dance; let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.”
Psalm 150:4 “Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!”
Psalm 30:11 “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.”
Ecclesiastes 3:4 “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance;”

7. SHOUTING.
Psalm 35:27 “Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
Psalm 47:1 “Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
Psalm 32:11 “Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you
righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!”
Psalm 98:4 “Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice and sing praises.”
Psalm 132:9,16 “Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness and let Your saints shout for joy.” “I will also clothe her priests with salvation and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.”

8. MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.
Psalm 150:3-5 “Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet! Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!”
II Samuel 6:5 “Then David and all the house of Israel played music before the Lord on all kinds of  instruments of fir wood, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on sistrums and on cymbals.”
Psalm 33:2-3 “Praise the Lord with the harp; Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy.”
Psalm 144:9 “I will sing a new song to You, O God; On a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You.”
Isaiah 38:20 “The Lord was ready to save me; Therefore we will sing my songs with stringed instruments all the days of our life, in the house of the Lord.”

 

D. Singing a new song and spiritual songs.

At some point during the Worship Service a member or the whole Church may sing out spontaneously new and different songs, psalms or hymns given by the Holy Spirit. These songs given by the Holy Spirit can also be classified as Spiritual Songs from the Holy Spirit to the Lord.

1. A NEW SONG.
Psalm 40:3 “He has put a new song in my mouth - praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.”
Psalm 96:1 “Oh sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord all the earth.”
Psalm 98:1 “Oh sing to the Lord a new song! For He has done marvelous things.”
Psalm 149:1 “Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song. And His praise in the assembly of saints.”
Psalm 33:3 “Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy.”
Revelation 5:9 “And they sang a new song, saying: You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.”

2. SPIRITUAL SONGS.
Ephesians 5:18-19 “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and
making melody in your heart to the Lord.”
Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in our hearts to the Lord.”
I Corinthians 14:26 “How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.”
Exodus 15:20-21 “Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances and Miriam answered them: Sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!”
Luke 1:46-47 “And Mary said: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.”


E. Prophecy.

The Old Testament Prophet Joel predicted, Joel 2:28 
“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.”

1. On the great day of Pentecost (30 A.D.) the outpouring of the Gift of the Holy Spirit which was spoken of by the Prophet Joel was fulfilled. Approximately 120 Disciples of Jesus were Baptized with the Holy Spirit. The Gift of Prophecy and many other Gifts began to manifest and today the Holy Spirit is still being poured out. Acts 2:1-8

2. Because of this great outpouring of the Holy Spirit, during our Worship Service an individual in our congregation may be inspired to speak out a word of Prophecy. I Corinthians 14:1, 3, 24, 25, 31, 39

3. The purpose of Prophecy is for our edification (to build us up), our exhortation (to stir us up) and our comfort (to cheer us up).  I Corinthians 14:3, 4, 31

 

F. Tongues.

Once again, the Old Testament Prophet Joel
predicted this great out pouring of the Holy Spirit.  Joel 2:28

1. The first, initial evidence of being baptized with the Holy Spirit was and still is today, speaking in Tongues. Acts 2:4 “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

2. There are four basic manifestations of Tongues. 
* Speaking a known language by the Holy Spirit without previous training in or knowledge of the language. Acts 2:4-12
* Your own personal prayer language for your edification. 
I Corinthians 14:2, 4, 15, 28, 39
* Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues for edification of the Church congregation. 
I Corinthians 14:5, 13, 26, 27, 28, 39
* Tongues in the case of intercessional travail and groanings.
Romans 8:26-27

3. Jesus said one of the signs following Believers (not doubters) is speaking in new Tongues.  Mark 16:17

4. This was fulfilled when Believers in Jesus Christ were Baptized with the holy Spirit.  Acts 2:1-4; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 19:1-6

5. The Apostle Paul desired that all Christians would speak in new Tongues and he spoke in Tongues more that all of the Corinthian Church Christians.  I Corinthians 14:5, 39

6. We are told to not be ignorant of spiritual things. 
I Corinthians 12:1
So we should earnestly desire the things of the Spirit. I Corinthians 12:31; 14:1; 14:39


REMEMBER, YOU DON’T HAVE TO SPEAK IN TONGUES;
YOU GET TO! ONLY THOSE WHO BELIEVE TONGUES ARE FOR TODAY AND FOR THEM WILL RECEIVE AND SPEAK.


G. The sacrifice of praise.

Sometimes when we come to the House of the Lord we may feel enthusiastic about worship but at other times we may feel tired, angry, or nothing at all. The last thing we want to do is to Praise and Thank our God. It is at these uninspired times that we can and should offer The Sacrifice Of Praise.

1. The Bible teaches that all Christians are Kings and Priests unto God and should offer spiritual sacrifices and proclaim the praises of Jesus Christ.  I Peter 2:4, 5, 9

2. This is done with our lips (voice) and our bodies, and this truly be comes a sacrifice because it is done whether you feel like it or not.  Romans 12:1, 2; Hebrews 13:15; Psalm 34:1; Jeremiah 33:11

3. Bible Characters who offered the SACRIFICE OF PRAISE in difficult situations. 

PAUL AND SILAS. Acts 16:25 “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.”

JONAH. Jonah 2:9 “But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.”

KING JEHOSHAPHAT. II Chronicles 20:1-25

4. The results were prison doors were opened and they were loosed from their bondage's and triumphed in difficult times.
* Paul and Silas. Acts 16:25-34
* Jonah. Jonah 2:10; 3:1-10

5. We are required by God to live and walk by faith at all times. God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Hebrews 10:32-39; II Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 11:6


H. Our goal in worshiping God. 

II Chronicles 5:13-14
“Indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying “for He is good, for His mercy endures forever,” that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.”

1. As we seek to worship and praise the King of kings and the Lord of lords we must keep our pattern according to the Word of God and avoid mere ritual or religious forms. The Word and the Spirit guide and lead us in the pattern of true worship. The Father is seeking those who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth (The Word). Join us as we seek to fulfill the Father’s Heart through worship.  John 4:23-24; Psalm 71:14

   

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