Frequently Asked Questions
Why Do We Stand When We Sing?
"Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the LORD, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice." 2 Chronicles 20:19
Why Do We Clap Our Hands?
"Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy." Psalm 47:1
Why Do We Lift Our Hands?
"I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands." Psalm 63:4
"Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD." Psalm 134:2
"I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing." 1 Timothy 2:8
Why Do We Wave Flags?
"May we…lift up our banners in the name of our God." Psalm 20:5
Why Do We Have Audible Praise Unto God?
"Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me bless His holy name." Psalms 103:1 *
"I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth." Psalms 34:1 *
"And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God..." Acts 4:24
Why Do We Sing In Tongues and In English?
"For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also; I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also."1 Corinthians 14:14-15 *
Why Do We Have This Type of Worship?
"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks." John 4:23-24
"For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh." Philippians 3:3 *
Why Do We Sing Choruses As Well As Hymns?
"And be not drunk with wine, in which is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord." Ephesians 5:18-19 *
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." Colossians 3:16 *
What Is Prophecy?
"Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets… The Sovereign LORD hath spoken - who can but prophesy?" Amos 3:7-8
"Run after love and be zealous for the gifts of The Spirit, but especially that you may prophesy. But he who prophesies speaks edification, encouragement and comfort to children of men." 1 Corinthians 14:1, 3 **
"But let two or three Prophets speak and the others discern." 1 Corinthians 14:29 **
"For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted." 1 Corinthians 14:31
Why Do We Have Speaking with Tongues & Interpretation of Those Tongues?
"Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues." 1 Corinthians 14:39
"Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit…miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another, the interpretation of tongues." 1 Corinthians 12:7-8a, 10
"I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified." 1 Corinthians 14:5
"If anyone speaks in a tongue, two--or at the most three--should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret." 1 Corinthians 14:27
Why Are Musical Instruments a Part of the Worship Service?
"Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with tambourine and dancing, praise Him with the strings and flute, praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals." Psalm 150:3-5
"And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps." Revelation 14:2
Why Does the Whole Church Pray at Once for Specific Needs?
"And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, you are God, who has made heaven, and earth…"Acts 4:24 *
Why Do We Anoint with Oil and Pray for the Sick?
"Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven." James 5:14, 15
* King James 2000 Bible
**Aramaic Bible in Plain English