THE RESTORED CHURCH IS FAITHFUL IN WORSHIP
In making the plea to restore the New Testament order of things, emphasis is placed upon the weekly worship service. Even a casual reading of the New Testament reveals the acts of worship embraced by the first century church. It is evident that the church participated in these acts of worship in accordance with the divine instructions taught by the apostles (Acts 2:42) which was given by our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 22:19, John 14:26).
The church assembled on the first day of the week to observe the Lord’s Supper (Luke 22:19, Acts 20:7, I Corinthians 11:23). The acts of worship included public prayers (Acts 2:42, 12:5, 16:25, Romans 8:26, I Corinthians 14:15-16, I Thessalonians 5:17, I Timothy 2:8). The acts of worship included the singing of hymns (I Corinthians 14:26, Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16). The acts of worship included personal giving for the work of the church (I Corinthians 16:1-2, II Corinthians 9:7). The acts of worship included preaching, teaching and public reading of the Scriptures (Acts 20:7, Colossians 4:16, I Thessalonians 5:27, I Timothy 4:16, II Timothy 2:15, 3:16-17, 4:1-4). In the future we may examine each of these acts individually because there is much to be examined.
Of all people, Christians should have respect for the Lord’s Day. (Revelation 1:10) There may be, at times, reason why one cannot attend a worship assembly such as sickness, work, etc. It should be understood that it is not a sin to miss a worship service, but it is a sin to neglect a worship period. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)
To neglect the worship of the Lord is sinful. If one person can willfully neglect the worship services, why can’t all do so? Those who have been negligent should comply with the Lord’s second law of pardon, namely repentance, confession and prayer. (Acts 8:13-24; James 5:16; 1 John 1:9)
There is a need to continue to make the plea, “Back to the Bible.” it is good to speak where the Bible speaks. But we also need to do where the Bible says do.
May the Lord bless you and keep you!
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