Is Everything We Do Considered “Worship”?

Text: John 4:24 Jesus emphasized the need to worship God in spirit and truth (right attitude and right actions). However, while we might think of “worship” as a basic concept, some have attempted to redefine it. Some consider all of our lives as worship. If we are to worship God acceptably, we must understand what […]

Let My Soul Live That It May Praise You

Text: Psalm 119:169-176 Twenty-second stanza of Psalm 119 – This final stanza focuses on the need to praise God because of His word. We considered this point a little bit in the previous lesson. This is a fitting conclusion to the study of Psalm 119. Given all that we have learned about God’s word, we should […]

Question About Closed Communion

Text: 1 Corinthians 11:23-29 In the past, many churches practiced “closed communion” – offered the Lord’s Supper only to members in good standing. We sometimes have questions today about who can be served the Lord’s Supper. This lesson will consider what the New Testament says relating to this idea. Groups Under Consideration Visiting Christians (non-members) […]

Worship in Spirit and Truth

Text: John 4:24 Worshiping God is one of the great privileges we have as His people. He does not need our worship (Acts 17:24-25), but He desires our worship (John 4:23). However, just because He seeks worshipers does not mean He will accept just any worship we offer. In Jesus’ statement to the Samaritan woman, […]

Decently and In Order

Text: 1 Corinthians 14:40 Our assemblies must be conducted “decently and in order” (KJV). What does this mean? How can we be sure our assemblies are what they need to be? This lesson will examine 1 Corinthians 14 to see how we can conduct our assemblies in the right way. The Goal is Edification (v. […]

Singing Religious Songs

Text: Colossians 3:16-17 Generally, people enjoy music, including the singing that we do in worship. It is also natural for singing to stir up emotions. There is nothing wrong with singing stirring up emotions, as long as it does not turn into emotionalism. But because singing is enjoyable and emotional, we must be especially careful to follow […]

Unacceptable Gifts for God

Text: Amos 5:21-24 The Lord’s words in this passage are almost unthinkable to many today. They cannot imagine God not accepting whatever it is they choose to give Him. Yet this passage and others we will notice are clear – some gifts are unacceptable to God. Gifts Offered Without Cost Are Unacceptable Example of David […]