Worship Part 8 – Worship must be Biblical (Corrected 1/5/20)
Our worship is almost nothing new, nothing different from the early churches who are engaged in several ways of observing praise and worship services. There are groups that want to be different from the others. There are liberals approach and there are conservatives. The worship nowadays moves many changes from opening prayer, music, preaching to closing prayers. People then and now differ in the way they dress up, the make and type of Bibles they have; but because of the new technology, many do not bring the actual Bible and instead use digital devices such as cell phones and tablets. Service sometimes is cut off to a shorter time. Many churches do not have fellowship for some reasons and when they have one, time is most spent in gossiping. Many do not indulge with fellow shipping as it only encourage to form cliques which cause others to stumble. The true biblical worship must be in-line with what was written and the added invention to modern worship to make it more alive and will then be dependent upon the conviction of the majority of the members to avoid any division.
Worship comprises of the following:
Consumption of Bread and Wine; metaphorically the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ popularly called Communion. (Matthew 26:17–30, Mark 14:12–26, Luke. 22:7–39 and John. 13:1–17:26).
Praying and Singing in one accord to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 14:15–16, Ephesians 5:19),
Collection- give what your heart decide for God loves a cheerful giver (1 Corinthians 16:2, 2 Corinthians 9:6-8),
Reading of the gospel as well as the letters (Colossians 4:16), and the Word of God to be proclaimed: Creator of heaven and earth-Genesis 14:19-20; You alone are holy and majestic-Exodus 15:11; Do as promised- 2 Samuel 7:25-26;
LORD love us completely-1 Kings 8:23;
O Lord, hear all of my prayers- Nehemiah 1:10; The LORD controls everything- Daniel 4:34-35;
LORD is great and merciful- Daniel 9:18-19;
LORD forgive us our sins- Acts 2:38;
LORD thank you for sending the message of light- Acts 26:22-23 and Jesus is coming to claim His bride the church- Revelations 22:12-13 He said he is coming soon. I believe without a doubt that Jesus fulfilled His promise to come soon and already built a kingdom which is in our heart. He already claimed us for His kingdom on earth and He made us king of that kingdom in our heart. What more do we need when He finished everything. It’s now our turn to rule the earth with Him. We can testify that the kingdom of God is around and all we have to do is believe and walk with Him; accept that the end is now; witness that pain is gone; sorrow will not be felt but joy ruled by him until everything is settled under His feet. He Himself will submit to the LORD of host, so the LORD will be all in all.
We have to open our eyes and see the signs and wonders; let the ear hear the truth as our skin feel that there is nothing greater than to feel the Spirit that touches our flesh. It’s time to be in Spirit with the LORD to worship Him, and glorify Him as the Creator not the creature. When we proclaim each Scriptures listed above every time we speak hope to our heart and love to everyone around us, a big difference will come our way. Our prayer must be in harmony with the will of God and should be directed only to Him. When Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, known as “Lord’s Prayer” He started His prayer this way - “Our Father thou art in heaven”- Matthew 6:9.
We do not need to have any physical or material thing such as the Bible except if we are doing scriptural prayer. Praying for the dead is not encourage but sometimes tradition calls it but it is not supported. Holding a rosary, pictures of the saints, statue is something we have to consider freeing ourselves from idolatry.
God is all in all. We only need one to be saved and have eternal life and that is to live in God’s word. “For God so love the world He sent His Son our Lord whosoever believe in him will not perish but have an everlasting life” John 3:16 God is love and God will not interfere with our Free Will but in this Scripture there is a condition that we have to believe and follow the teachings of the Son Jesus which show us the way to the Father; the true understanding who the Father is and the knowledge of Him. Jesus very clearly said that the kingdom of God is at hand which means that it is here and we can enjoy it now if we know where or what is the kingdom of God.
Through the work of the Son Jesus we received a new life. We are born anew, born from above, a new creature. How awesome it is to have everything new. He wipes out our sins so we can go back to the Father, because the Father is perfect Jesus made us perfect by taking our place. We fellowship with God through prayers and should be in Spirit and our prayers should be directed to Him. 1 John 5:14, NASB:"This is the confidence which we have before Him that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”