Five Authorized Acts of WorshipJohn 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).
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).
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).
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).
It is verbal, congregational, and acappella (Eph. 5:19).
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