Clinton church of Christ

Five Authorized Acts of Worship

July 21, 2009

John Allan

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23-24).

Preaching

It is commanded (2 Timothy 4:2). It was involved in New Testament worship (Acts 20:7). It enables outsiders to participate in worship (1 Corinthians 14:23-25).
Breaking of bread

This is a synecdoche for the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7). We have memorials for heroes killed in action; Jesus does not want His death to be forgotten either (1 Corinthians 11:24-25). When we partake of the Lord’s supper, we are showing that Jesus died for us and that He is coming again (1 Corinthians 11:26).

Prayer

We are expected to pray (Matthew 6:5, not “if,” but “when”). We are to pray at all times; good and bad (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18). Prayer is powerful (Ephesians 6:18; James 5:16). Prayer in worship is authorized (1 Timothy 2:8).

Giving

We understand that nothing we give can equal what was given for us (2 Corinthians 8:9). However, we also understand that are to give as much as we have been prospered (1 Corinthians 16:2) and cheerfully too (2 Corinthians 9:7).

Singing

It is verbal, congregational, and acappella (Eph. 5:19).

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