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FAQ

We are glad you have visited our site.  Below are answers to frequently asked questions by those who come to worship with us.  Our worship is informal and spontaneous.  It is based on the pattern of the Word of God.  We believe that the people are the Church.  The building is where the Church meets.  This means that the building is not the House of God; it is the House of the Church.

Praise & Worship

Why are musical instruments a part of the worship service?

Answer:  Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet.  Praise Him with the psaltery and harp.  Praise Him with the timbrel and dance.  Praise Him with stringed instruments and organs.  Praise Him upon the loud cymbals.  Praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals.  (Psalm 150:3-5)

And I heard a voice from Heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder:  and I heard the voice of harpists harping with their harps.  (Revelation 14:2)

Why do we clap our hands?

Answer:  O clap your hands, all ye people, shout unto God with the voice of triumph.  (Psalm 47:1)

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord.  (Psalm 134:2)

I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.  (1 Timothy:  2:8)

 

Why do we have this type of worship?

Answer:  …but the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth: for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.  God is Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.

For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.  (Philippians 3:3)

Why do we offer audible praise to God?

Answer:  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name.  (Psalm 103:1)

I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.  (Psalm 34:1)

And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God…  (Acts:  4:24)

Why do we sing choruses as well as hymns?

Answer:  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing an making melody in your heart to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:18-19)

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom:  teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  (Colossians 3:16)

Why do we sing in tongues and in English (our native language)?

Answer:  For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth but my understanding is unfruitful.  What is it then?  I will pray with the understanding also:  I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the understanding also.  (1 Corinthians 14:14-15)

Why do we stand when we sing?

Answer:  And the Levites…of the children of the Kohites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.  (2 Chronichles 20:19)

Prayer

Why do we anoint with oil and pray for the sick?

Answer:  Is any sick among you?  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, and if he has committed sin, they shall be forgiven him.  (James 5:14,1 5)

Why does the entire congregation pray at once for specific needs?

Answer:  And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, Thou art God, who has made heaven and earth.   (Acts 4:24)

Prophecy

What is prophecy?

Answer:    …the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?   (Amos 3:8)

But they that is prophesying is speaking to men, to edification and exhortation and comfort.  (1 Corinthians 14:3)

Follow after charity and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy.  (1 Corinthians 14:1)

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal…To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy.  (1 Corinthians 12: 7, 10)

For you may all prophesy one by one, an all may learn and all may be comforted.  (1 Corinthians 14:3)

Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the others judge.  (1 Corinthians 14:29)

Scriptural Terminology

What do these terms mean?

The Anointing –

Answer:  The presence and work of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life.

But the anointing which you have received of Him is abiding in you… (1John 2:27)

The Ministry

Answer:  To serve or help another by the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

…but our sufficiency is of God, who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament.  ( 2 Corinthians 3:5-6)

The Glory –

Answer:  The manifestation of God’s Presence and splendour to man’s spiritual and physical senses.

And it came to pass that the cloud filled the house of the Lord, so that athe priest could not stand to minister…for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord.  (1 Kings 8:10-11)

Revelation –

Answer:  Our understanding of God’s will and purposes.

Wherefore, I also…making mention of you in my prayers, that…the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.  (Ephesians 1:15-17)

The Body –

Answer:  The Church:  The body of Christ on earth.

For in fact, the body is not one member but many.  (1 Corinthians 12:14)

Edify –

Answer:  To build up.

Even so you all for as much as are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that you may excel to the edifying of the church.  (1 Corinthians 14:12)

Spiritual Gifts –

Answer:  Supernatural abilities given by the Holy Spirit to believers.

(1 Corinthians 12: 1, 4-11; 14:1)

Speaking with Tongues

Why do we have speaking with tongues and interpretation of those tongues?

Answer:  Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.  (1 Corinthians 14:39)

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal…To another divers kinds of tongues to another the interpretation of tongues.  (1 Corinthians 12: 7, 10)

I would that you all spoke with tongues, but rather that you prophesied: for greater is he that prophesies than he that is speaking with tongues, except he interprets, that the church may receive edifying.  (1 Corinthians 14: 5)

If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the least three, and that by course and let one interpret.  (1 Corinthians 14:27)

Why do we sing in tongues and in English (our native language)?

Answer:  For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth but my understanding is unfruitful.  What is it then?  I will pray with the understanding also:  I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the understanding also.  (1 Corinthians 14:14-15)

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