We read in John 4:24 that all worship must be done in spirit and in truth. To worship in spirit means that one must worship with the right attitude. To worship in truth means to worship in accordance with God’s will as expressed in His word (John 17:17).
In the Bible we find five specific acts of worship. Each of these you will find practiced in the church of Christ.
The Bible teaches that on the first day of the week the early Christians came together to celebrate the Lord’s supper (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:24-26). We also learn that upon the first day of the week they lay by in store as they had been prospered (1 Cor. 16:1-2).
Other acts of worship that we find authorized in the New Testament is the study of God’s word by preaching and teaching (2 Timothy 2:15), prayer, (Acts 2:42, James 5:16-17), and singing (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16).
You will find a song book in the rack in front of you with selections numbered. You will likely notice that we do not use musical instruments to accompany our singing. This is because no mention of instruments is made in the New Testament, so we believe we should sing only just as the first Christians did. (1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:18-19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12) We hope you will sing along with us, if you wish.
Several different men of the congregation will be leading prayers during the service. We do not call these men nor the preacher by any honorary title such as “Reverend” or “Father,” but simply as a brother in Christ. Jesus said not to use such titles (Matthew 23:8 -12) and the scriptures tell us that we arc all equal in the sight of God and all Christians are priests (Galatians 3:26-28; 1 Peter 2:5-9).
The sermon usually lasts 25 to 35 minutes and there will be references to scriptures as proof for what is being taught. If anyone says something which you disagree with, feel free to talk to them following the service.
THE LORD’S SUPPER
The Lord’s Supper is observed every Sunday during our assembly, just as the first Christians did (Acts 20:7). During this part of the service, trays containing unleavened bread will be passed, followed by trays filled with small cups, containing grape juice (fruit of the vine). Each participant will break of a small piece of the bread and eat it. When the cups are passed, each participant will drink the contents of one of the cups.
The bread symbolizes the broken body of Jesus and the fruit of the vine symbolizes his blood which he shed on the cross (1 Corinthians 11:23-35). As we participate in this part of the service we examine our commitment to Christ as we remember what he went through for us.
On Sunday morning the plates will be passed to receive the financial offerings of the worshippers (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). We do not ask you, as a guest, to make a donation. Feel perfectly at ease in passing the collection plate on to the person sitting next to you.
At the close of the sermon, the preacher will explain what the Bible teaches is necessary to become a Christian and will encourage anyone who wishes to respond to do so by coming to the front of the auditorium while a hymn of encouragement is being sung.
Do not feel uncomfortable during this invitation. No effort will be made to persuade you to respond. If anyone responds for baptism, you will witness the baptism during this service in keeping with the New Testament cases of conversion (Acts 8:35-39; Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12). Baptism is by immersion in water and for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).