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

Reckless Suppositions — Reflections upon Radicalism

After Paul concluded his third missionary campaign, he finally arrived at Jerusalem. When certain Jews saw the apostle in the temple, they stirred up the crowds and seized him. Paul was accused of being a false teacher and of desecrating the temple; allegedly, he brought Greeks into the sacred precincts. The basis of the charge was this. Earlier, Paul had ... read more »

The Value of Old Testament Study

Several NewTestament passages teach the temporary design of the Old Testament system (the Law of Moses), and the fact that the new covenant of Christ superseded the Old (Col. 2:14; Eph. 2:14-15; Gal. 3:23-25; Rom. 7:1-6; Heb. 6:12; 9:15-17). If the Old Testament has been abrogated, why should a person be concerned with studying it? This is a question pondered ... read more »

The Baptist Church: An Historical Perspective

I grew up among kindly people of the Baptist affiliation. My father's family was of this persuasion. A more gracious, benevolent group of folks could scarcely have been found. It was heartbreaking, therefore, to eventually discover that the church of my ancestry was unknown to the New Testament. An Historical Overview The Baptist movement was started with the best of ... read more »

May A Woman EVER Teach A Man?

The pattern is common in Christian history. A religious leader will craft a doctrine that coincides with his theological perspective (based on a misunderstanding of a few Bible texts). Once a proposition is formulated, zealots forage through Scripture collecting passages that conflict with their theory, mercilessly twisting them into submission. Born out of a misdirected defense of New Testament teaching ... read more »

The Significance of the Day of Pentecost

Acts chapter ten is a very unique portion of the New Testament. It commences by introducing the reader to a splendid citizen of Caesarea, a Roman centurion whose name was Cornelius. Though a Gentile, Cornelius had been attracted to the concept of Israel's one God. Hence, he was devoutly religious and a splendid example of high moral ideals. He was, ... read more »

What About Christian Fellowship?

Every serious student of the Bible is aware of the emphasis on fellowship within the sacred volume. At the point of our conversion, we are called into fellowship with God, with Christ, and with the Holy Spirit (1 Jn. 1:3; 1 Cor. 1:9; 2 Cor. 13:14). And of course there is the blessed fellowship that saints enjoy with one another ... read more »

Character Studies in Joshua

Andy was homeless, flopping under a pier or in someone else's garage. Had he been dealt a bad hand-an unlucky life? Could he shuffle the deck and stack the future in his favor by personal, conscious decisions? He wanted to know. Andy didn't plan on living on the street. At nineteen, his parents were dead; his mother was taken by ... read more »

Is Church Attendance Required?

"Does the New Testament teach that Christians must be present at every meeting of the church?" This is not a question that can be answered with a simple "yes" or "no." There are several elements to the issue that must be taken into consideration. Perhaps the most controversial passage relating to this matter is Hebrews 10:24-25. Before we consider the ... read more »

The Altar of Incense: Where Was It Located?

"In Exodus 40:26, the Bible states that the 'golden altar' was in the holy place of the tabernacle, in front of the veil. On the other hand, the book of Hebrews (9:3-4) seems to suggest that the altar of incense was in the most holy place. How can these passages be harmonized?" In responding to this question, some background information ... read more »

The Last Will and Testament of Jesus Christ

The word diatheke appears thirty-three times in the Greek New Testament. In the King James Version it is rendered by "covenant" twenty times, and by "testament" thirteen times. The word can convey a twofold sense - depending on the context in which it is found. First, it may signify a covenant, or, as we might express it more commonly, a ... read more »