5 Acts of Worship: The error of The Church of Christ

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Did you know that worship consists of five (count’em) acts to be done in an assembly hall (usually an expensive edifice that helps maintain the institutional image). Five acts, mind you, is what worship is all about. And usually they must be done within the framework of an opening prayer (which begins worship) and a closing prayer (which ends worship).

Forget that worship is an expression of the heart. Forget that there is no command to perform (engage in) five items of worship.

The five acts of worship, as if anyone would forget, include: 1) Prayer, 2) Lord’s Supper, 3) Money giving, 4) Singing, 5) And most important of all, a religious speech (usually by a professional lecturer) delivered to the very ones who provide his salary. That’s it, folks! Worship! Forget the bedtime Bible stories told by a loving mother to her little ones. Forget the hard work father does to provide for his family. Forget hospital visits, death sympathies, kind words of encouragement and letters to the lonely. There are only five items of worship.

Sadly, we do have an unmentionable “sixth item” of worship which has not yet received full canonical acceptance, namely, the announcements.
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So if a group of worshipers get together and omit one needful act of worship it is unacceptable to God?:-)

God seeks those who worship Him to do so in spirit and truth from the heart.

It's been my experience that neither singing with or without and instrument has anything to do with it, not does fascination to judge for or against any item you've listed above.

Sounds like you have an axe to grind that may be better handled through prayer and discipleship - discovering the testimony and faith of Jesus.

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Sep 23, 2011
 
Acts 2 contains all five acts of worship.

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Sep 23, 2011
 
HEATH - 72 wrote:
Acts 2 contains all five acts of worship.
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Where is singing mentioned in Acts 2?

You do realize that nowhere in the NT do all 5 acts of worship exist as an example or command within one service?

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"Where is singing mentioned in Acts 2?"

Acts 2:47

"praising God"

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Sep 24, 2011
 
HEATH - 72 wrote:
"Where is singing mentioned in Acts 2?"
Acts 2:47
"praising God"
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it's a stretch and you know it. You also know that is in the description of what the disciples did daily, and was not reflective of one assembled service.

Nowhere in the Bible are the 5 approved acts of worship listed together or set out as a pattern for each and every service.
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Sep 24, 2011
 
your use of Acts 2:47 is another example of you speaking where the Bible is silent.

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Acts 2:47 praising God

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to praise, extol: ton Theon, Luke 2:13,20; 19:37; 24:53 (WH omit; Tr text brackets); Acts 2:47; 3:8 f; Rom 15:11; with the dative of person, too Theoo, to sing praises in honor of God, Rev 19:5,
(from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright © 2000, 2003 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)

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Sep 24, 2011
 
HEATH - 72 wrote:
Acts 2:47 praising God
aineoo-
to praise, extol: ton Theon, Luke 2:13,20; 19:37; 24:53 (WH omit; Tr text brackets); Acts 2:47; 3:8 f; Rom 15:11; with the dative of person, too Theoo, to sing praises in honor of God, Rev 19:5,
(from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright © 2000, 2003 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)
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learn to use your internet search effectively, the information you cited shows the meaning in Acts 2:47, Luke 2:13,20, 19:37, 26:53, means to praise or extol. It was only tranlated as singing in Rev. 19:5.
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This is often the missing piece:

If you're a Christian, the Holy Spirit lives in you (Rom 8:9). He moved in, not as a renter, but as a new owner w/ the deed to your heart. Borrowed...
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May 1, 2012
 
Hebrews 13:15:
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
Praise is the fruit of the lips.
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The problem with limiting the worship to God to only an assembly on Sunday that must include 5 individual acts, is that the other 6 days are excluded from worshiping Him. We are to worship Him everyday and every hour of the day. Not just on Sunday. He told the woman at the well in John chapter 4...

19“Sir,” the woman said,“I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 “Woman,” Jesus replied,“believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

Our bodies are the temples...For Jesus said detroy this temple and I with raise it again in three days.. We are to present our bodies as living sacrafices. Our bodies house the spirit.

We are to worship Him in Spirit and in truth.The followers did come together on the first day of the week to worship corporately. But that was not the start of their worship nor the end of their worship, but part of their total worship.
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Nov 5, 2012
 
Great message Donald!
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Nov 6, 2012
 
Where do we find that we are to worship on the first day of the week? There are many examples of Seventh day worship and gathering together as the assembly, but were is the evidence worthy to over ride the Seventh day for the First day?

One assembly was specific to hear Paul before he left - that's really not directing change.

One says to have each person set aside money on the first day, but that was an individual task - not the group collection. The command to do no work on the Sabbath caused many to not do business transactions on the Sabbath, so this one is a stretch to cover over the commandment of God.

Another common stetch is in Revelation, where John was in the spirit on 'the Lords day'. Again, a stretch at best, as what the focus of the book presents is 'the day of the LORD' at judgment - not Sunday:-0

Where is the REAL proof?

Even Catholic dogma/doctrine acknowledges the change of the day is solely a matter of Papal authority and decree. The catholics in the know will tell that this is proof that the Protestants are under Papal Rule.

Where is the proof - proof - not imagined.
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Nov 6, 2012
 
And the only day Jesus claime to be Lord of is the Sabbath, so He specifically names the Sabbath as His, not Sunday.

Where is the proof? Or are the Catholics right?:-)
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Nov 6, 2012
 
Barnsweb wrote:
And the only day Jesus claime to be Lord of is the Sabbath, so He specifically names the Sabbath as His, not Sunday.
Where is the proof? Or are the Catholics right?:-)
If we are going to go back to Sabbath worship, don't we need a physical temple with all the bells and whistles. Or could we possibly accept that Paul is a true Apostle who taught that we no longer need a physical temple- that we are now a living spiritual temple where Jesus is the chief cornerstone and that he has purchased the church with his own blood-the ultimate sacrifice-the end of animal sacrifices.

In order to make your doctrine work it is completely necessary for you to deny that Paul is an Apostle from God. Sorry, you have already done that!

Jesus, according to John, said destroy this temple and I will raise it in three days.

Donald is completely correct...
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Nov 6, 2012
 
Every day is the Lords day...
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Nov 6, 2012
 
Barnsweb wrote:
And the only day Jesus claime to be Lord of is the Sabbath, so He specifically names the Sabbath as His, not Sunday.
Where is the proof? Or are the Catholics right?:-)
More arguing over opinions, huh? I lean more towards the Sabbath now, but only after backing out of religion for several years to study.

That's if, IF, I were to return to organized religion, which is highly, HIGHLY, doubtful. I don't see any use in it.
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Nov 6, 2012
 
Bobby wrote:
<quoted text>Donald is completely correct...
Well, there we have it, Bobby has deemed it correct, so it MUST be correct, right?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Hilarious!
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Did you know that worship consists of five (count’em) acts to be done in an assembly hall (usually an expensive edifice that helps maintain the institutional image). Five acts, mind you, is what worship is all about. And usually they must be done within the framework of an opening prayer (which begins worship) and a closing prayer (which ends worship).
Forget that worship is an expression of the heart. Forget that there is no command to perform (engage in) five items of worship.
The five acts of worship, as if anyone would forget, include: 1) Prayer, 2) Lord’s Supper, 3) Money giving, 4) Singing, 5) And most important of all, a religious speech (usually by a professional lecturer) delivered to the very ones who provide his salary. That’s it, folks! Worship! Forget the bedtime Bible stories told by a loving mother to her little ones. Forget the hard work father does to provide for his family. Forget hospital visits, death sympathies, kind words of encouragement and letters to the lonely. There are only five items of worship.
Sadly, we do have an unmentionable “sixth item” of worship which has not yet received full canonical acceptance, namely, the announcements.
Paul states,

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship”(Romans 12:1 NRSV).

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship”(NIV).

This “kind” of worship is a 24/7 kind. It is a worship that one must be engaged in prior to darkening the doors of the church building on Sunday or any other time. This is the kind of worship that the Samaritan woman could have done in the “now” time that Jesus spoke of. This is the kind of worship that must be active in our lives in order for our Sunday assembly acts to be acceptable to God. This is the kind of worship that cannot be pigeon holed into one, two, or three hours each week. It is what we have been raised into newness of life to do (Romans 6:3,4)!

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