The "Worship" Of The New Testament "Church"


As in all other facets of the mission and work of the Lord's church on earth, Christ has given specific instructions and examples in the book of Acts as to how the church should worship.  Consider the following.

1. The church should come together on Sunday -- the "first day" of the week -- for worship (Acts 20:7).  The "first day of the week" is designated as "the Lord's day."  This is the day Christ arose from the dead (Mk. 16:9; Lk. 24:1, 13, 20-21, 46).

SPECIAL NOTE: The New Testament "church" does not "keep the Sabbath" (worship on Saturday) for the same reason that it does not observe all of the other old Mosaical laws in the Old Testament.  God prophesied that he would take away the Sabbath, like all of the other parts of the old Mosaical covenant, when Christ "nailed" the old covenant "law of Moses" to the cross (Hosea 2:11; Col. 2:14,17).

2. The New Testament "church" was established on the "first day" of the week; the Holy Spirit came and the new covenant "gospel" was first preached by the apostles (Acts 2).  

3. The New Testament "church" should assemble on the "first day" of the week to break bread and preach the new covenant "gospel" on the Lord's day (Acts. 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:23-26), to sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16); pray to the Lord (Acts 2:41-42), and to give of their financial means (2 Cor., chapters 8 and 9).  While "the first day of the week" is the specific day for the weekly observance of the Lord's supper and collecting the offering, Bible study, singing, praying and praising God is appropriate on any day.

SPECIAL NOTE:  The New Testament "church" does not use "instrumental music" or "tithe" in its new covenant "worship" today as did Christ and the Jews in the Mosaical covenant of the Old Testament in MMLJBC.  "Christians" are commanded to "sing" and to "make melody in their hearts" unto the Lord.  "Christians" are commanded to give "as they purpose in their hearts."  


There is no mention in the New Testament by the Holy Spirit or apostles of the use of "instrumental music" in the worship of the Lord's "church."  The first historical mention of "instrumental music" in sectarian worship was in 755 AD -- and that was 700 years after the time of the apostles.  The use of "instrumental music" is of human origin -- it did not originate by divine command; therefore, it is "unscriptural" to use musical instruments in the worship of God today.  The use of "instrumental  music" and "tithing," like all other aspects of the Old Testament law of Moses, "ended" with the death of Christ on the cross.  New Testament "Christians" must use only the commands, examples and inferences of the New Testament (Acts 2 through Revelation 22) in determining how to worship and serve God in this New Testament "age."

The New Testament "Church" Is Not A "Denomination"

The word "denomination" is not found in the New Testament, it was never used by Christ, the Holy Spirit or the inspired apostles.  If the word "denomination" is not mentioned in the Bible, how can any person attempt to justify the whole scheme of denominationalism by the Bible?  How can something be biblical or "scriptural," "true" to the Scriptures, when neither the "word" nor the "principle" is used in the Bible?


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