How Christians Worship

Since Christians are the children of God, they adore and reverence their spiritual father in worship. We get the English word “worship” from an old Anglo/Saxon word meaning “worthship.”

As a kingdom of priests unto God, Christians “as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5, 9).

There are “true worshipers” and those who worship in vain (John 4:23; Matt. 15:9). God only accepts worship that is “in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). Please notice the little word “must” in this verse.

Christians do not worship themselves or seek to entertain themselves in dramatic productions designed to be impressive to the worshipers. It is to God and God alone that worship is directed. Jesus said to Satan, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Matt. 4:10).

Since it is the Lord who accepts worship, Christians only worship according to what is authorized in the New Testament. They offer no animal sacrifices as one reads of in the Old Testament. They realize that it is impossible for the “blood of bulls and goats to take away sin” (Heb. 10:4). They realize they live under the New Covenant, not the Old (2 Cor. 3:5-11, 13).

When Christians worship, they continue stedfastly in “the apostles doctrine, in fellowship, in breaking of bread and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).

Every Sunday Christians meet to “break bread” in memory of Jesus who died for them (Acts 20:7; Matt. 26:26-28). In their worship they honor God by teaching his holy word (1 Thess. 5:27; Col. 4:16). They give of their means (1 Cor. 16:1-4). They pray together and sing praises to God (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16).

Christians realize God forbids adding to or taking from anything he authorizes (2 John 1:9-11). Thus, when Christians worship, they abide within the authority of the one to whom they offer their worship and praise. If you would like more information about this please contact us.

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