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Worship Service

Lesson 6 – Day by Day Bible Study Guide by Pastor Ed Lapiz

PRAY:

INTRO:

  • Define worship? How about public worship or the Sunday worship service?
  • How to worship is a very interesting and a vital question.

READ: (Give background)

Acts 2:46-47 NIV
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, [47] praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

DISCUSS:

A. HISTORY OF PUBLIC WORSHIP

  1. Primitive mode until the building of the Temple.
    • No sharp line between private and public worship
  2. Temple ritual
    • Highly organized
    • Led by a priest and assisted by the Levites
    • Involved complex rituls and a sacrificial system.
  3. Synagogue worship
    • Local “temple” wherever there were Jews
    • Started during the “exile”
    • Emphasis was noted more on the instruction than worship
  4. Early Christian Church
    • Jewish Christian continued, as long as they were allowed, to attend the Temple and synagogues, but they considered the ceremonial and sacrificial system ended by the death and resurrection of Christ.
    • Synagogue-style: content, size and location
    • Started in private homes
      • Romans 16:3-5 NIV
        Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus. [4] They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them. [5] Greet also the church that meets at their house. Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia.

B. ELEMENTS OF EARLY CHRISTIAN WORSHIP

Acts 20:7 NIV
On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.

1.  Preaching

  • (Give Background)
  • 1 Corinthians 14:19 NIV
    But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.
  • What should be the basis of preaching? (Bible)
  • What areas/topic should be covered? (Doctrines applied to the needs of human beings)
  • What should be avoided? (Politics, commercialism, etc)
  • How should you define/describe a “good” preacher? (Discuss)

2. Reading of Scriptures

  • Colossians 4:16 NIV
    After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.
  • Is this plain reading?
  • How does the present church do this? (Plain reading, responsive reading, Sunday School, etc)

3. Prayer (CATS – confession, adoration, thanksgiving, supplication)

  • 1 Corinthians 14:15-16 NIV
    So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. [16] Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer, say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since they do not know what you are saying?
  • Public and private prayer
  • How can public prayer be improved?

4.  Singing

  1. Ephesians 5:19 NIV
    speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,
  2. Colossians 3:16 NIV
    Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
  3. Psalm 150:1-6 NIV
    Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. [2] Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. [3] Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, [4] praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, [5] praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. [6] Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.

    • How are we to sing? (with rejoicing, dancing)
    • What instruments were used? (Tambourine, harp, trumpet, lyre, strings, flute, cymbals, etc.)
    • How is music used in worshipping God? (DISCUSS) [Especially Satan’s theft of music and dance)
      • ** NOTE: Music and dance, as created and creative impulses, are of God. Most of them were only “borrowed”, corrupted and used by misguided people in ungodly practices. As such, music and dance have to be redeemed, filtered through Scripture and rededicated to God.
    • How about the lifting of hands?
      • Exodus 17:11 NIV
        As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.
      • Psalm 63:4 NIV
        I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
      • Psalm 14:12
      • 1 Timothy 2:8 NIV
        Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.

5. Praising

  • “Hallelujah” – praise the Lord
  • Through life, lips, hands, etc

6. Baptism

  • Acts 2:41 NIV
    Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
  • to be discussed in a separate topic

7. Breaking of the bread (Lord’s Supper)

  • Acts 2:42 NIV
    They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
  • A memorial….
  • to be discussed in a separate topic

8. Collection

  • 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 NIV
    Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. [2] On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.

A. Tithes

  • Malachi 3:10 NIV
    Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

B.   Offerings

  • Malachi 3:8 NIV
    “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings.
  • to be discussed in a separate topic

9. Fellowship with sincerity

  • Acts 2:46 NIV
    Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,
  • How can there be gladness and sincerity in the fellowship?

D. OBSTACLES TO WORSHIP (DISCUSS each item)

  1. Physical
  2. Mental
  3. Social
  4. Spiritual

REFLECT & DISCUSS

What is the importance of public worship?

QUESTIONS/REACTIONS/REMARKS

CHALLENGE

Do you really worship or just attend a worship service?

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