The following articles are related to the topic of WORSHIP, PATTERNS

Is Christian Worship Regulated by New Testament Law?

A recent article from a gentleman affiliated with the Independent Christian Church contends that the New Testament is not a "set of laws" to which the Christian is obligated. He argues that the essence of the New Testament is love and grace, and "love is not law" and "grace is not law." One of the conclusions our friend draws, therefore, ... read more »

Clapping as an Accompaniment to Singing in Worship

The practice apparently has its origin in the youth-devotional phenomenon of a few years back, but now is gaining some mainline defense. It is argued that clapping as a rhythmic form of accompaniment to singing in Christian worship is not an "addition" to the singing (as is a mechanical instrument); it merely is an aid - comparable to a song ... read more »

Are Modern “Church Buildings” Digressive?

There is a minority element within the Christian community that contends the early church met exclusively in private homes, not in the type of public facilities one sees today. They allege that the use of modern "church buildings" is in violation of the biblical pattern. Church groups, they argue, are "families." Therefore, in order to preserve the atmosphere of intimacy, ... read more »

Responding to Critics on the “Instrumental Music” Issue

In several previously-published articles, we have discussed the issue of whether or not the use of mechanical instruments of music is divinely sanctioned for Christian worship. A foundational point that we have sought to emphasize is this: There is no New Testament authority for the use of instrumental accompaniment in Christian worship. We are not at liberty, therefore, to improvise ... read more »

The Authorized Elements of Church Music

Jesus Christ declared there are three elements to appropriate Christian worship. It must be directed to deity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit); worship must be rendered in "spirit" (sincerely), and it must be offered consistent with revealed "truth" (John 4:24; 17:17). Paul declared worship must be "in the name of Christ"; the phrase signifies by his authority (Colossians 3:17; cf. ... read more »

Is the Church a Reed or a Pillar?

Jesus once asked regarding John the Baptizer: "What went ye out into the wilderness to behold? a reed shaken with the wind?" (Matthew 11:7). A reed is a symbol of instability; it pictures that which yields to other forces. On the other hand, Paul described the church as the "pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15). The imagery ... read more »

History of Instrumental Music

William Woodson (Th.D) is an accomplished Bible scholar whose labors have blessed thousands for more than forty years. He has served as the head of the Bible department at one university, and the director of graduate studies in another. He has written scores of articles and authored or co-authored several books, including a volume on the theme of instrumental music ... read more »

Are Christians Required to “Lift Up Holy Hands”?

"In his letter to Timothy, Paul said that men are to pray, 'lifting up hold hands' to God (1 Timothy 2:8). Why don't people lift up their hands when they pray today? The "lifting up holy hands" is more than likely an expression borrowed from the Old Testament because of a common (though neither mandated or rigid), ancient practice of ... read more »

The Restoration of First-Century Christianity

When Martin Luther visited Rome in the fall of 1510, he was appalled by the spiritual laxity he observed-even in the priesthood. His dissatisfaction with the Catholic Church would eventually lead to his challenge of that system, which was culminated when he nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of the cathedral in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517. But ... read more »

Is the Bible Class Arrangement Scriptural?

Is it in harmony with New Testament teaching for churches to separate into Bible classes that accommodate various groups according to each aggregation's special needs? Some years ago some folks developed the idea that when the church comes together to worship God, there must be no dividing of that body into individual Bible classes. These misguided folks refused fellowship with ... read more »