The following articles are related to the topic of WORSHIP

Giving as an Expression of Worship

Is the Christian's giving into the treasury of the church on the Lord's day an expression of worship to God? This is a question of supreme importance. In part, at least, worship may be described as an expression of awe, devotion, and love - from man, the creature, to his Creator. One aspect of this reverential disposition can entail the ... read more »

The Divine Pattern of Acceptable Worship — Part 1

Human beings are instinctively worshiping creatures. When the Psalmist declared, "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God" (42:1), he perhaps expressed a need that is basic to the human soul. As far back as the time of Cicero in the first century B.C., or even earlier, pagan thinkers had observed that ... read more »

The Divine Pattern of Acceptable Worship—Part 2

As mentioned in our previous article on acceptable worship , it is alleged by some that worship is a matter that God has left unregulated. Given O. Blakely, of the Independent Christian Church, adamantly argued this position in his debate with Alan E. Highers in Neosho, Missouri in April, 1988. Blakely contended that "in no case did they [the apostles] ... read more »

Do the Psalms Authorize Instrumental Music in Worship?

"I realize that the law of Moses, which replaced the Patriarchal law, was annulled by Jesus' death on the cross. I further understand that we have the law of Christ today. A favorite argument, however, of those desiring to use musical instruments in worship is to refer to Psalms. Since the Jews referred to the Old Testament in three areas ... read more »

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 »

What About Mechanical Instruments of Music in Christian Worship?

"Why don't we use instruments of music in our worship?" Tragically, so many members of the Lord's church these days appear to be untaught as to exactly why churches of Christ refrain from instrumental accompaniment in their worship. The simplest, most concise answer is this: It is a matter of authority. There is no authority for the use of a ... read more »

Do the Events at Cana Justify the Worship of Mary?

"In John 2, at the wedding feast of Cana, Mary asked Jesus for a favor and he complied. Does that not show her power over him and hence justify the praise and worship of her?" Such a conclusion is a vast "stretch," far beyond the bounds of both scripture and logic. Let us give consideration to the following factors. Mary ... 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 »

Revelation 22:8-9 – Was Christ an Angel?

As John concluded the book of Revelation, he records that he was tremendously awed by the angelic creature who spoke to him. The apostle wrote: "I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel that showed me these things" (Rev. 22:8). Remarkably, however, the angel forbade him to engage in such adoration. "See that you do it not," ... 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 »