The Way We Worship

The first church was established in the New Testament and was founded on the Day of  Pentecost. This was plainly recorded in the second chapter of the Book of Acts. All of the original churches, such as the church at Ephesus and the church at Corinth, were established on this same Pentecostal experience. (See Acts 2:38-39 and Galatians 1:8).

What Jesus proclaimed it would be: "Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that… (1) repentance and (2) remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And behold, (3) I send the promise of my Father upon you." (Luke 24:46-49)

What Peter preached it to be: "Then Peter said unto them, (1) Repent, and (2) be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and (3) ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." (Acts 2:38-39)

In the Bible we read: "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord… and sing praise." (Psalms 98:4)

We pray together out loud because: In the Bible we read, "They lifted up their voice to God with one accord." (Acts 4:24)

We clap and shout unto God because: In the Bible we read, "O, clap your hands all ye people; shout unto God with a voice of triumph." (Psalms 47:1)

We play musical instruments because: In the Bible we read, "...and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments…" (II Samuel 6:5)

We testify publicly because: In the Bible we read, "Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of Man confess before the angels of God." (Luke 12:8)

We anoint with oil for divine healing because: In the Bible we read, "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord." (James 5:14)

We allow the operation of the spiritual gifts because: In the Bible we read, "When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying." (I Corinthians 14:26)