Biblical Worship (FAQ)

“HOW SHOULD WE WORSHIP GOD?”

We believe that God should be worshiped strictly and exclusively according to the Bible, with no additions or subtractions whatsoever (Deut. 12:29-32). Why is this so important? One reason is that, according to the clear teaching of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, true worship is fundamentally an act of service (Luke 4:8).

“DOES SOLA SCRIPTURA APPLY TO WORSHIP?”

At the heart of the “Reformed” wing of the Protestant Reformation was the notion that the principle of Sola Scriptura (i.e. Scripture alone) applies not only to Christian doctrine, but also to Christian worship. Just as we must refuse to supplement Biblical doctrine with man-made teachings, so we must reject any attempt to supplement Biblical worship with man-made innovations.

“HOW WAS OLD TESTAMENT WORSHIP REGULATED?”

Even from the earliest recorded examples of worship in the Bible, it is clear that God has always demanded to be worshiped exclusively according to His own personal appointment.

HOW IS NEW TESTAMENT WORSHIP TO BE REGULATED?

When speaking with the Samaritan woman in John 4:22-24, Jesus revealed that New Testament worship would be far simpler and more spiritual than Old Testament worship, yet equally regulated by His own Word of truth.

Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

WHAT SONGS SHOULD WE SING IN WORSHIP?

 Many churches today are embroiled in “worship wars” over whose preferences should determine the content of congregational singing. We believe that the Scriptures themselves provide a plain and peaceable solution to all of this unfortunate controversy. The only praise songs that should be sung in worship are those which God’s Word has specifically authorized us to sing. Of course, the next logical question is, What praise songs has God’s Word authorized us to sing?

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN WORSHIP?

If our desire is to be strictly Biblical in our worship, we cannot answer this question until we first answer a far more fundamental question: “Is there any positive Scriptural warrant for using musical instruments in New Testament worship?” Sadly, this is a question that is rarely (if ever) raised in most American churches today, largely due to a lack of interest in Scriptural worship. Nevertheless, if we are to put God’s glory and God’s commands ahead of our own opinions and preferences, we must diligently search the Scriptures to answer this crucial question!