The following articles are related to the topic of WORSHIP

Jeremiah 7:31 – Does “Silence” Prohibit?

There are many who repudiate the prohibitive force of the silence of the Scriptures.Though they concede that an action is forbidden if there is a specific "thou shalt not," they confidently declare that if the Bible is silent upon a particular issue, one is granted the liberty to act.The question thus becomes - does silence have a negating mood? We ... read more »

Jesus Christ in the Book of Revelation

The concluding book of the New Testament begins in the following fashion: "The revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave him to show to his servants." (1:1a). One of the intriguing questions discussed by scholars is the phrase "of Jesus Christ" (Iesou Christou [genitive case]). The genitive frequently is expressed in English by the preposition "of," as in this text-thus, ... read more »

What About a “Saturday night” Observance of the Lord’s Supper?

"A prominent church in Nashville, Tennessee has decided to offer the Lord's supper on Saturday evening, for those who may be unable to attend on Sunday.The minister defends the practice in the following way. Could you comment on this?" The New Testament reflects the life of a multicultural church that apparently did not understand the Lord's Day in our midnight-to-midnight ... read more »

Christian Priorities

One of the most demanding and frequently ignored admonitions from Jesus Christ is found in his renowned Sermon on the Mount: "You are to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all of these things [basic needs] will be added to you" (Matthew 6:33). This is one of the most challenging, and yet neglected, mandates of Christ-even ... read more »

The Lord’s Day

The small island of Patmos is located in the Aegean Sea about fifty-six miles southwest of Ephesus. According to the testimony of history, the apostle John was exiled to this remote region in the reign of the Roman emperor Domitian (A.D. 81-96). Here he received a series of revelations from, and about, Jesus Christ (1:1). Principally, the message of the ... 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 »

Are Choirs and Solos Authorized for the Church Assembly?

One of the controversies generating considerable interest among the Lord's people these days is the question of whether or not the use of choirs and solos is permissible in the worship assemblies of the New Testament church. In numerous places the utilization of such singing arrangements has already been implemented. Some churches have specially named groups with coordinated wardrobes. Others ... read more »

The Music-Authority Issue—Again

Did you ever encounter an "argument" so absolutely "off the wall" that you instinctively knew it really was unworthy of an acknowledgment, but, due to the bizarre novelty of it, you somehow felt drawn to a retort anyway? Such an experience recently robbed me of my will-power. A few weeks back, in our weekly Question & Answer column ("What about ... read more »

When Goodness Is as the Morning Dew

Hosea was an eighth-century B.C. prophet whose prophetic messages were aimed primarily at the wicked northern kingdom of Israel. The background of the book relates to the prophet's personal history. He was married to a woman whose name was Gomer. After the birth of their first child, Gomer became unfaithful, even pursuing the profession of a street harlot. From this ... read more »

In Christ – Neither Male nor Female

The notion has long been prevalent in sectarian circles (and is growing in the church of the Lord) that there are no sexual distinctions to be observed in Christ. The claim is made that Paul, in Galatians 3:28, abolished sexual differences so that men and women may function in identical capacities in public church activity-preaching, leading prayers, perhaps even serving ... read more »