God’s Idea of Church Worship Services

Church buildings are not a place for social gatherings for the community but to be a “house of prayer” and where the sick is to be healed (Matthew 21:12-14). Many churches only meet one day a week and have a general prayer or use a book of prayers to be read out randomly for each service. The minister recites the prayer and the congregation repeats the prayer. We serve a personal God and though the Holy Spirit he directs the church and tells us what we ought to pray and how we should participate in a worship service (Romans 8:26). The traditions of man get in the way of God’s order of worship for our churches. God’s worship edifies a church congregation and all believers are to participate. “Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation” (1 Cor. 14-20).

We are to come together in one accord (Acts 2:1) and everyone participates as led by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:1-22). That means that at each service there should be a hymn or a song, a message in tongues, an interpretation as outlined in 1 Corinthians 14:1-22. Each time we come together we should expect to hear from the Holy Spirit through the gift of interpretation and do ministry by praying for each other with the laying on of hands and using the spiritual Gifts we have rec’d for ministry (James 5:16). If we are obedient to his ways and listen to the Holy Spirit in our services then more people will have their needs met and receive healing. Sinners will be set free from their afflictions and stongholds (Mark 16:16). This type of church service is the only acceptable worship in God’s eyes. It makes for more exciting services as we see Jesus work miracles (John 10:38) amongst us by healing the sick and setting people free from their strongholds and afflictions (John 8:32).

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