Know The Truth – When and How Are We To Worship God?
Most folks do not realize that God has commanded us to worship “on the Lord’s day”. Revelation 1:10. The Holy Spirit said, “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. In Acts 2:38-42, those who believed and repented of their sins were immersed/baptized into Christ for the remission of their sins. These believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachings, from the breaking of bread, to prayer, and fellowship. Those who are sincere will search the Scriptures to see if these things are correct. Acts 17:10-11. The Holy Spirit said, “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them….” Acts 20:7. The Christians at Corinth, 1 Corinthians 11:18-30; 16:1-2 and in Troas, Acts 20:7, took the Lord’s Supper (breaking bread) on the first day of the week. They also gave as God had prospered them on the first day of the week. How often does the first day of the week (Sunday) come? Most churches will use 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 to show that their members are to give every week. If it means that they are to give every week, then, it also means they are to partake of the Lord’s Supper every week.
Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper and told His disciples to partake of the bread and the fruit of the vine. Luke 22:14-20; Mark 14:22-26. After the Lord’s Supper, Jesus and the apostles sung a hymn. Partaking of the Lord’s Supper, studying the Scriptures, praying, giving, and fellowship were what the first century Christians in the New Testament did on Sunday, the first day of the week. In Ephesians 5:15-21; Colossians 3:15-17; and 1 Corinthians 14:15; the church was commanded to sing. It is not hard to understand the Lord’s will. We are to make melody in our heart; not on a piano, organ, or any other man-made instrument. Every time in the Old Testament when someone was commanded to use an instrument, the instrument was named. There is no exception to this!
In the New Testament the Holy Spirit named the instrument to be “the heart” and each and every human being can obey this command. It should be noted that everybody is commanded to sing. One does not find a choir, chorus, duet, or solo in the New Testament. Our singing is “to the Lord”. Singing is not for entertaining folks, it is for worship to God. According to Colossians 3:15-17, whatever we do as Christians must be done in the name, or by the authority, of Jesus Christ because He has ALL authority. Matthew 28:18.Are we submitting to the authority of Jesus Christ: When we use water and cookies for the Lord’s Supper? When we observe the Lord’s Supper on Saturday? When we pray to Buddha, Mary, or to saints? When we teach Old Testament tithing? When we use man-made instruments of music in singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs? We are going to be judged by God’s Word. John 12:48. We must worship God “in spirit” (the right attitude) and “in truth” (according to the Word of God). John 4:24. Where is the Scriptural authority for what you do in worship to God? Jesus said, “the truth shall make ye free.” John 8:32.