God is a Spirit
WHY DO WE WORSHIP GOD?
We are admonished throughout the scriptures to worship Him.
"Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve." (Matt. 4:10).
HOW SHOULD GOD BE WORSHIPED?
"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 Truth." (John 4:23-24).
WHY DO WE STAND TO SING?
"And the Levites...of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high." (2 Chr. 20:19).
"After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the
throne, and unto the Lamb." (Rev. 7:9-10).
WHY DO WE CLAP OUR HANDS?
"O clap your hands all ye people; shout unto God with a voice of triumph." (Psalm 47:1).
WHY DO WE LIFT OUR HANDS?
"Thus will I bless Thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in Thy name." (Psalm 63:4).
"Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord." (Psalm 134:2).
"I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath or doubting." (1 Tim. 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).
"By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name." (Heb. 13:15).
"And after these things, I heard a great voice of much people in heaven saying, Alleluia; Salvation and glory and honor, and power unto the Lord our God ... And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth." (Rev. 19:1,6).
Sing & Rejoice
"And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to your- selves in psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord." (Eph. 5:18-19).
WHY DO WE SING IN TONGUES AND IN ENGLISH?
"For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also." (I Cor. 14:14-15).
WHY DO WE HAVE SPEAKING IN UNKNOWN TONGUES AND THE INTERPRETATION IN THE CHURCH?
"Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues." (I Cor. 14:39).
"But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal ... To another divers kind of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues." (I Cor. 12:7,10).
"I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying." (I Cor. 14:5).
"If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most three, and that by course, and let one interpret." (I Cor. 14:27).
Thus Saith The Lord...
WHAT IS PROPHECY AND WHY DO WE PROPHESY?
"But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort." (I Cor. 14:3).
"Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy." (I Cor. 12:10).
WHY ARE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS A PART OF THE WORSHIP SERVICE?
"Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; praise Him with the psaltry and harp. Praise Him with the timbrel and dance. Praise Him with the stringed instruments and organs. Praise Him upon the loud cymbals: praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals." (Psalm 150:3-5).
"And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps." (Rev. 14:2).
WHY DOES THE WHOLE CHURCH PRAY AT ONCE FOR SPECIFIC NEEDS?
"And when I heard that, they lifted up their voice with one accord, and said, Lord, Thou art God, which hast made heaven and earth ..." (Acts 4:24, Matt. 18:19).
WHY DO WE RECEIVE TITHES AND OFFERINGS?
"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith saith the Lord of Hosts if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." (Mal. 3:10).
"Give and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." (Luke 6:38).
"Every man shall give as he is able according to the blessing of the Lord the God which he hath given thee." (Deut. 16:17).