Some who visit our services have questions concerning the worship service. We hope that your questions will be answered with some "Whys."
Why Do We Clap Our Hands?
"Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy."
- Psalms 47:1
Why Do We Lift Our Hands?
"I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands."
- Psalms 63:4
"Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord." - Psalms 134:2
"I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing." - I Timothy 2:8
Why Do We Have Audible Praise Unto God?
"I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips."
- Psalms 34:1
"I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among throngs of people I will praise you." - Psalms 35:18
"Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise; the fruit of lips that confess His name." - Hebrews 13:15
"...They raised their voices together in prayer to God." - Acts 4:24
Why Are Musical Instruments a Part of the Worship Service?
"Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with the tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals." - Psalms 47:1
What Are Spiritual Gifts?
The Bible teaches that Spiritual Gifts will be in operation until Christ's return, that God does not want us to be ignorant about them, and that we should eagerly desire them to help others. - II Corinthians 12:1, 14:1
In II Corinthians 12: 7-10, we read about nine of the gifts of the Spirit. We read, "Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and still another the interpretation of tongues."
Why Does the Whole Church at Times Pray Audibly and at Once for Specific Needs?
"...when they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God."
- Psalms 47:1
"Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven." - Matthew 18:19
Why Do We Pary for the Sick and Anoint With Oil?
"Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven." - James 5:14, 15