WHY DO WE WORSHIP GOD?
“You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.” (Matt. 4:10)
HOW SHOULD WE WORSHIP GOD?
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is a Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24)
WHY DO WE STAND TO SING?
- “And the Levites, of the Kohathites and the Korahites, stood up to praise the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.” (2 Chronicles 20:19)
- “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and people and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’” (Revelation 7:9-10)
WHY DO WE CLAP OUR HANDS?
“Clap your hands, all ye people! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!” (Psalm 47:1)
WHY DO WE LIFT OUR HANDS?
- “So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.” (Psalm 63:4)
- “Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord!” (Psalm 134:2)
- “I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy handswithout anger or quarreling.” (1Timothy 2:8)
WHY DO WE HAVE AUDIBLE PRAISE UNTO GOD?
- “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name!” (Psalm 103:1)
- “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” (Hebrews 13:15)
- “After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out, ‘Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.’” (Revelation 19:1)
- “Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, ‘Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.’ ” (Revelation 19:6)
WHY DO WE SING CHORUSES AS WELL AS HYMNS?
“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debaucher, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart.” (Ephesians 5:18-19)
WHY DO WE SING IN TONGUES AND IN ENGLISH?
“For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.” (1 Corinthians 14:14-15)
WHY DO WE HAVE SPEAKING IN UNKNOWN TONGUES AND THE INTERPRETATION IN THE CHURCH?
- “So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.” (1Corithians 14:39)
- “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (1Corinthians 12:7)
- “…To another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.” (1Corinthians 12:10)
- “Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.” (1Corinthians 14:5)
- “If any speak in a tongue, let there by only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret.” (1Corinthians 14:27)
WHAT IS PROPHECY AND WHY DO WE PROPHESY?
- “On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their up-building and encouragement and consolation.” (1Corinthians 14:3)
- “Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.” (1Corinthians 14:1)
WHY ARE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS A PART OF THE WORHIP SERVICE?
- “Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!” (Psalm 150:3-5)
- “And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps.” (Revelation 14:2)
WHY DOES THE WHOLE CHURCH PRAY AT ONCE FOR SPECIFIC NEEDS?
“And when I heard it, they lifted their voices together to God, and said, ‘Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth…’” (Acts 4:24)
WHY DO WE RECEIVE TITHES AND OFFERINGS?
- “Bring the full tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” (Malachi 3:10)
- “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)
- “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God that he has given you.” (Deuteronomy 16:17)