“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24
The Word worship means “to adore” or “to pay homage.” The New Testament describes five specific acts of worship for the Lord’s church. These are:
- Prayer– The word, which means “a pouring out,” is a significant avenue of worship. The early church was a praying church (Acts 2:42). Prayers are to be understandable, fervent, reverent, and with God’s Holy Will in mind (I Cor. 14:15). We pray in the name of Jesus (Jn. 14:12; 1 Tim. 2:5) to the Father (Matt. 6:9ff).
- Singing– This singing is to speak, teach, and admonish (Eph 5:19, Col 3:16). It is to be done with the whole heart (Eph 5:19; I Cor. 14:15). The common term of singing, psallo in no way authorizes anything but vocal praise. It is a historical fact that instrumental music was unknown to the church for its first 300 years!
- Giving– The early church supported good works through the generous giving of its members every first day of the week (I Cor. 16:1-3). This giving is to be done cheerfully and lovingly ( 2 Cor. 9:7). We are instructed to give as we have been prospered (I Cor. 16:2).
- Teach– Imparting the gospel message is an essential part of worship. Paul told young Timothy to “preach the word” (2 Tim. 4:2). This word is never to be compromised (2 Tim. 3:16, 17).
- The Lord’s Supper– Every first day of the week, Christians are to remember the Lord’s body and blood through the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7). This is a simple memorial the Lord Himself instituted (I Cor. 11:23-29). We are taught to concentrate on the cross, and our Lord’s great sacrifice for us.
You will find all of these items of worship included in our praise to Him at the San Pedro Church of Christ. We look forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to worship the Father together.