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Why We Do What We Do

We would like to provide you with some Biblical information about our Worship and Praise service because during our service the worship may take forms that are unfamiliar to you. It is sincerely our desire to worship in a Scriptural fashion according to God’s Word. Our purpose is to give all glory to God. John 4:24 says, “God is a spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and truth.” Because Jesus is our Lord, we purpose to obey His Holy Spirit and to adhere to the truth of His Word, the Bible. Therefore, our Worship & Praise may take various forms.  Sometimes the service will be structured; other times it will be spontaneous. At times, it may be loud and demonstrative while at other times, very quiet. There may be an excited celebration of praise or there may be a hushed reverence. The following information is intended to assist you in recognizing, by God’s Word, the flow of the Holy Spirit during Worship and Praise as well as throughout our services.

Why Do We Lift Our Hands?

“We lift up our hearts with our hands toward God in heaven.”  Lamentations 3:41

“Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord.” Psalms 134:2

“So I will bless Thee as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Thy Name.“ Psalms 63:4

“Therefore I want the men in every place to pray lifting up holy hands” I Timothy 2:8

Why Do We Stand Or Kneel?

“And the Levites…stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a very loud voice.” II Chronicles 20:19

“A great multitude…from every nation…standing before the throne and before the lamb…were crying out with a loud voice saying ‘Salvation to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb!’“  Revelation 7:9-10

“Then, Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God and all the people answered, ‘Amen, Amen!’ while lifting up their hands. Then they bowed low and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground.” Nehemiah 8:6

“Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” Psalms 95:6

Why Do We Clap Our Hands And Have Audible Praise To God?

“Oh clap your hands, all people; shout to God with a voice of joy.“ Psalms 47:1

“Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.” Psalms 98:4

“The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous.” Psalms 118:15

“Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with joyful shouting.” Psalms 126:2

Why Do We Dance In The Spirit?

“Thou has turned for me my mourning into dancing; Thou has loosed my sack cloth and girded me with gladness.” Psalms 30:11

“Let them praise His Name with dancing.” Psalms 149:3

“I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Romans 12:1

Why Do We Move In The Spiritual Gifts?

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. But each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healings by the One Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.”  I Corinthians 12:4, 7-11

The gifts are manifest as the Holy Spirit desires and the reason for them, as the Scriptures point out, is so the congregation of believers will be built up, encouraged and strengthened in faith. I Corinthians 14:12

Why Do We Speak In Tongues?

“He [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues.”  Mark 16:15-17

“And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence…. [2:1] And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 1:4-5; 2:1-4, KJV

“While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied. Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.”  Acts 19:1-6

Why Do We Sing In The Spirit?

“…I shall sing with the spirit and I shall sing with the mind also.”  ICorinthians 14:15

…be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:18-19

“Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16

Why Do We Pray For The Sick?

“Is any among you sick? 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; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick and the Lord will raise him up…” James 5:14-15

Why Do People Fall?

“When therefore Jesus said to them, ‘I am He’, they drew back, and fell to the ground.” John 18:1-6

“And the guards shook for fear of Him and became like dead men.“ Matthew 28:1-4

“And he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” Acts 9:4

“And when we had all fallen to the ground I heard a voice saying to me…“ Acts 26:14

Why Is The Bible So Important?

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” II Timothy 3:16-17

“Jesus said, ‘The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.'” John 6:63

“Jesus was therefore saying ‘…if you hold to My Word then you are truly disciples of mine and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.'” John 8:31-32