The Worship of the Church
*The bible explains the worship of the church. It tells us what to do and how to do it. As we studied in the first lesson, when the bible tells us how to do something, we do it, as it is our authority as Christians. If you are attending a denomination, try to notice if these guidelines are followed. Before I became a Christian, I attending many sectarian churches (Baptist, Methodist, Christian), and now that I know what the Bible says about the worship of the church, I can say that those denominational services I attended were not consistent with the word of God.
*The first thing most people notice about the services of the church of Christ is the non-instrumental music.
-Although the bible doesn’t say not to use instrumental music in worship, we know that when the bible is silent on an issue, then we are to leave it that way. If God had wanted to incorporate instruments in our praise to Him, then He would have said so.
*Ephesians 5:19 reads, “speaking to one another in psalms, hyms, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord...” This passage tells us to sing. There is no indication of instrumental music here, although that easily could have been added.
*Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly with all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and hyms and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to the Lord.” Same here, it tells us to sing.
*Hebrews 2:12 says, “In the midst of the assembly, I will sing praise to you.”
*Hebrews 13:15 tells us, “Therefore by Him, let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” This passage tells us that we praise God with the fruit of our lips, our voice. Instruments do not praise God in any way, and to incorporate them into worship is to transgress what’s written.
-Although instruments might be appealing to us, the purpose of our worship to God is to please God.
*Most denominations today partake of the Lord’s Supper once a month, four times a year, twice a year, and even once a year. There is no standard to them regarding this holy communion. The bible tells us that we must partake of it on the first day of the week, that’s every Sunday.
*Acts 20:7 says, “Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread...” We see here that the early Christians took the Lord’s Supper on the first day of the week.
-Does this mean that as long as we take it on the first day of the week, than we can take it anytime we want to whether it be once a month or once a year? Of course not. The Jews in the Old Testament kept EVERY Sabbath holy, and the same rule applies today regarding the Lord’s Day.
-Denominations sure don’t forget to take up the collection every Sunday, but although the same commandment is given for both the collection and the Lord’s Supper, they ignore the Lord’s Supper and collect money as often as possible.
*The Lord’s Supper is described in 1 Corinthians 11:23-28.
-We are to examine ourselves when we partake.
*1 Corinthians 5:8 tells us that we are to use unleavened bread.
*1 Corinthians 16:1-2 and 2 Corinthians 9:1, 6-7 tell us that we are to take up the collection every first day of the week.
-Tithes were part of the Old Testament. They don’t exist in the new.
-We must not give grudgingly or of necessity.
*As I mentioned in the previous lesson, woman have a unique role in the worship of the church.
*Woman are commanded to keep silent in the churches. In 1 Corinthians 14:34, we read, “Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive as the law also says.” This passage is referring to the worship of the church, the assembled body. Woman cannot speak or have leadership roles in the worship of the church.
*1 Timothy 2:12 says, “And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.” So we see here that women aren’t to have authoritative roles in the church in regards to teaching men. They can teach children and other woman, but not men.
Study #5: The Works of the Church