Music in Worship

Scripture Reading:

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. —John 4:23-24

Summary:

Musical instruments were used in the Old Testament when service to God was based on ritual and ceremony after the flesh. Worship in the New Testament dispensation is to be in spirit and God instructs His people to sing not to play. A cappella singing is the biblical pattern and practice for God’s church.

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Bible Study – The Sabbath

Scripture Reading:

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. —Colossians 2:16-17

Summary:

Sabbath keeping was required under the Old Covenant. This ceremonial observance of keeping one day reserved and holy for God was fulfilled in the New Testament through Christ. Jesus gives true soul rest and the child of God is to keep every day holy unto the Lord.Read more

Bible Study – Biblical Tithing and Giving

Scripture Reading:

I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. —Acts 20:35

Summary:

Tithing was an obligation commanded in the Old Testament. The new covenant introduced a system of giving freely, sacrificially, and from the heart. New Testament giving is not regulated by a percentage of income but by the love and sacrifice of one’s spirit.Read more

Bible Study – The Two Covenants

Scripture Reading: For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. —Hebrews 8:10

Summary: The old covenant, established by God through the law given to Moses, was imperfect to bring about true righteousness in mankind. A new covenant was established through the sacrifice and priesthood of Jesus Christ which brought about true freedom and holiness.

Note: While general headings are given, supporting scriptures overlap under different headings.Read more

Bible Study – The Ministry

 

Scripture Reading: And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. —Ephesians 4:11-12

Summary: Ministers, called of God, are to be qualified, capable, and examples of the believers. They are to faithfully preach and warn the people in truth and love under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.Read more