The word worship means "to adore" or "to pay homage." The New
Testament describes five specific acts of worship for the Lord's
church. These are:
1. Prayer - The
word, which means "a pouring out," is a significant avenue of
worship. The early church was a praying church (Acts 2:42).
Prayers are to be understandable, fervent, reverent, and with
God's Holy Will in mind (I Cor. 14:15). We pray in the name of
Jesus (Jn. 14:12; 1 Tim. 2:5) to the Father (Matt. 6:9ff).
2. Singing - This singing is to speak, teach, and admonish (Eph.
5:19; Col. 3:16). It is to be done with the whole heart (Eph.
5:19; I Cor. 14:15). The common term of singing, psallo in no
way authorizes anything but vocal praise. It is a historical
fact that instrumental music was unknown to the church for its
first 300 years!
3. Giving - The
early church supported good works through the generous giving of
its members every first day of the week (I Cor. 16:1-3).
This giving is to be done cheerfully and lovingly (2 Cor. 9:7).
We are instructed to give as we have been prospered (I Cor.
4. Teach - Imparting the gospel message is an essential part of
worship. Paul told young Timothy to "preach the word" (2 Tim.
4:2). This word is never to be compromised (2 Tim. 3:16, 17)
5. The Lord's Supper - Every first day of the week,
Christians are to remember the Lord's body and blood through the
Lord's Supper (Acts 20:7). This is a simple memorial the Lord
Himself instituted (I Cor. 11:23-29). We are taught to
concentrate on the cross, and our Lord's great sacrifice for us.
You will find all of these items of worship included in our
praise to Him at the Carthage church.
We strive to be disciplined with our time of praise, and so you
can plan on each worship service lasting right at one hour.
In addition to our worship services, we offer many other
activities for the whole family. These include,
Bible classes, an active youth
ministry, missions, a benevolence program and many other
activities. More information about these programs can be found
You will not be embarrassed.
When you come to worship with us at Carthage
Church of Christ, we promise not to embarrass you, nor harass
you in any way. We simply want to share the world's greatest
message: God loves us so much that He gave His Son for us on a
cruel Roman cross. We all need Him to be saved.
Come and share a
simple, but scriptural and loving experience of worship,
devotion, and study. Come and see at the
Carthage Church of Christ!
--Taken from Getting to Know You by Steve Hale--