What to Expect

What to Expect When You Worship With Us

 

 

ST. MATTHEW’S UFWB CHURCH

Why We Do What We Do

 

Why do we praise and worship God?

Psalm 96:9
 “O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.”
 
Psalm 100:4
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”
 
John 4:23-24  
 “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. 24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
Philippians 3:3
For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”

Why do we stand when we sing?

2 Chronicles 20:19
“And the Levites, of the children of the  Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.”

Why do we lift our hands in worship?

 Psalm 134:2
“Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.”
 
1 Timothy 2:8
“I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and
doubting.”

Why are musical instruments used in our worship?

         Psalm 150:3-5
“3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.”

Why do we praise God with dancing?

         Psalm 149:3
       “Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.”
 
         Psalm 150:4
       “Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.”

Why do we speak and sing in tongues?

          1 Corinthians 14:14-15
          “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

           15 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.”

Why are "Spiritual Gifts" a part of our worship experience

          Romans 12:3-8
             “3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he  
            ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 4 For as we have many
            members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one
            members one of another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us
            prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;          8    Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he
             that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.”
 
           1 Corinthians 14:3-4
              “3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
          4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.”
 
           Ephesians 4:8-14
              “8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he
             ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also              that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)  11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and              some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the
             edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a
             perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to
             and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in  
             wait to deceive”
 
            1 Thessalonians 5: 19-21
“19 Quench not the Spirit. 20 Despise not prophesyings. 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”

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