Why we lift our hands in worship?
Psalm 24:4, 28:2, 63:4, 119:48, and 134:3 tell us that we lift our hands for God’s help, to acknowledge God, to agree with God’s commands, and to simply praise God for who He is. And 1 Timothy 2:8 says that the Lords wants “all men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer…”
Why we sing before the message?
The Bible is full of scriptures telling us to sing, but we sing before the message for two reasons. (1) To give time for personal reflection (Colossians 3:16) and (2) to give time for corporate reflection (Hebrews 2:12).
Why we don’t take an offering?
The book of Leviticus and the book of Malachi (ch. 3) both talk about giving a tenth of our income to the Lord, but it’s 2 Corinthians 9:7 that says that we should actually give cheerfully! That’s why we don’t pass plates or buckets, but instead have offering containers in various locations, because we believe that giving is a privilege and should be done willingly and cheerfully.
Why we pray for other congregations?
Ephesians 4:3 tells us that we should make every effort to live in unity and in peace with one another. We believe that as followers of Jesus, we should dwell on our commonalities, not our differences, as we all desire to demonstrate the great Love of Christ to those around us.
Why we talk about salvation?
Salvation literally means “a saving from danger” and that’s exactly what we believe Jesus offers us, safety from the dangers of this life and the one to come. Acts 4:12 says that Salvation is found in no one other than Jesus and Romans 3:22-23 tells us that we are all in need of that salvation through Jesus.
Why we take Communion?
In 1 Corinthians 11:23-29, the Apostle Paul reminds us that the act of Communion is an act of remembrance. A remembrance of the crucifixion of Christ, a remembrance of the resurrection of Christ and a remembrance that Christ is returning again one day! We invite all those who receive and proclaim Jesus as Christ to join with us in this act of remembrance!
Why we pray for our Government and Authority?
The Scriptures teach us to pray for those in authority.
“The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.” Proverbs 21:1
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4