Friday, 28 of July of 2017

Worship

Prayer

You will notice that we pray during the worship service according to the pattern found in Acts 2:42. The congregation is lead in prayer by one person. It consists of praise to God, thanksgiving, and requests.

 

Lord’s Supper

In Acts 20:7 the first century disciples came together on the first day of the week to break bread. We also observe the Lord’s supper after the same pattern.Jesus added this worship item before he died. Christians in the early church did this every first day of the week. This memorial is for Christians and reminds us of what Jesus did when he died on the cross for our sins. It consists of eating a small portion of unleavened bread that represents Christ’s body that was sacrificed, and drinking the fruit of the vine that represents His blood that was shed for everyone. Various men serve the meal to the congregation.

 

Singing

How beautiful is the sound of a congregation of God’s people lifting their voices in praise as described in Ephesians 5:19. This form of worship to God is acappella style (no instruments). Various songs are sung to praise God throughout the worship service. Everyone is encouraged to sing.

 

Preaching

Again we look to Acts 20:7 as our example. We desire to learn what God has to teach us from His word, the Bible. We listen to a minister present a lesson (sermon) from God’s word. Timothy was a preacher and was directed in 2 Timothy 4:1-5 to preach from the Word of God.  Our sermons are Bible based and filled with scripture.

 

Giving

We also give of our means as we have been commanded in 1 Corinthians 16:2. There are many New Testament examples of individuals and the church that gave money and goods generously to God and His people. Members are commanded and have the opportunity to give a portion back to God of what He has so richly blessed us with. Visitors are not asked to give any money.

 

At the end of the worship service, the minister and elders offer an invitation to the congregation. This time (usually during a song) provides an opportunity to those who believe they are ready to follow Christ. Those people can go to the front where the elders and or the minister will greet them. Also, anyone who has been struggling with their faith can ask for the prayers of the congregation and/or repent as in James 5:16.If someone desires to follow Jesus after learning about Him, then that person will want to be baptized to follow the examples in Acts. Baptism is an act of obedience and is done by immersing (burying) a person in water, just like Christ was buried in the earth.