Growing In Godliness Blog
Our Worship Service
By Arter Gary
It seems our worship services have become routine to many of us. Some seem to just be going through the motions in many of our activities. Some leave our services no better than when they came.
Some members do not know what God expects of them when they assemble with the saints. If we do not follow the scriptures and worship God in spirit and truth, we miss the whole concept of our worship services, John 4:24. From the view of some, our services are boring. For others the services have become unbearable as they have quit attending. Then you have those who say, “I didn’t get one thing out of the worship service today.” The question becomes, “What did you put into it?” Then you have those who feel the high point of the week is being able to gather together with other saints to worship God each time there is a service of the church. What are some things we can do to make our worship acceptable?
The first thing is to make the necessary preparation. As with everything there must be some preparation. A good night’s sleep would be the place to start. Prepare lessons and meditate upon them before leaving for the services. Arrive early. Greet each other and have time to speak to the visitors. Find a seat and start meditating and praying about our worship. Then each will be blessed because we have properly prepared to worship.
Then we must participate in each act of worship in the manner God has commanded.
When we sing, we must look at the words of the song. Each song that we sing has a message in it. Our song service does two things – we are offering praise unto God, and we are teaching and admonishing one another, Eph. 5:19 and Col. 3:16; Heb. 2:12. We must be an active participant in this. Just sitting and listening is not sufficient if we are physically able to sing.
When we pray, remember we are talking to our Father in Heaven. We are either giving thanks to God for what He has done for us, or we are asking God for things we want or need. The Christian life should be centered around prayer, 1 Thess. 5:17-18; John 14:14; Matt. 7:7-11 and 1 Pet. 3:12.
When we give, remember we are giving back to God a portion of the blessings that He has given to us. Think about the material things God has blessed us with – jobs, homes, families and the portion of health that we enjoy, Eph. 4:28; 2 Thess. 3: 10; 1 Thess. 4:11-12; 1 Cor. 16:1-2. Then give as we have prospered and with the right attitude .
When we partake of the Lords Supper, remember Christ died for us that we can have the forgiveness of our sins. Remember when we eat the bread, Jesus offered His body as a sacrifice for us; and when we drink the fruit of the vine, remember Jesus shed His blood for our sins. We are to remember His death and resurrection until He comes again, Matt. 26:26-29; Acts 2:42; Acts 20:7.
When we are studying the word of God, remember God gives us instructions on how to live in this world acceptably to Him, John 7:16. We should take every opportunity to study and meditate upon His word. In our worship service we should follow along in our Bible to make certain the teacher or preacher is teaching the Word as God would have it taught, Acts 17:11. Then make application to our lives, Rom. 1:16; Acts 2:42; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 1 Pet 3:15.
Our worship must be offered in Spirit and Truth, John 4:24.