WORSHIP

There are six important things which must be done to properly worship God. It does make a difference as to what is done in worship. God seeks people that will worship Him, as He has directed (Jn. 4:23,24).

 

Singing. One of the most enjoyable parts of worship is that of singing. Christians are to sing in a way to show praise (Jas. 5:13) and adoration to God. Jesus sung hymns (Mt. 26:30). Each person is to sing (Eph. 5:19), and understand what they sing (1Cor. 14:15). This is true because Christians teach one another by their singing (Col. 3:16). While one finds various references to the use of instrumental music in the Old Testament, there is no authorization for its use in the New Testament. New Testament worship is spiritual and is to come from the heart (Jn. 4:23,24; Eph. 5:19).

 

Prayer. Jesus taught His disciples how to pray (Mt. 6:5-15). The early church prayed (Ac. 2:42). Christians are to pray in the name of Christ (Col. 3:17). Prayer is to be offered for one another, even for enemies (Mt. 5:44). Prayers are to be offered in faith while practicing forgiveness (Mk. 11:24).

 

Giving. The New Testament example of giving upon the first day of the week (1Cor. 16:1,2). Such giving is to be done bountifully, as purposed, and cheerfully (2Cor. 9:6-9). The Old Testament Law of Moses required a tithe (10% of one's income), but the New Testament makes no such requirement. Christians are free to give as much or little as they have purposed to give, in keeping with how they have been blessed (prospered).

 

The Lord's Supper. Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper as a memorial to Himself. He wanted His followers to be continually reminded of the great sacrifice that secured their salvation. The Lord's Supper is to be observed every week on the Lord's Day (Ac. 20:7). It is a communion with the Lord and with one another (1Cor. 10:16). The manner in which this Supper is to be observed is outlined in 1Cor. 11:23-24; consisting of eating unleavened bread, and drinking the fruit of the vine. The bread has the spiritual significance of Christ's body, and the fruit of the vine has the spiritual significance of Christ's shed blood.

 

Preaching. Because the church is to be busy with evangelism and edification, the preaching of the Word is very important. The early church ceased not to preach and teach the word (Ac. 5:42), they went everywhere doing so (Ac. 8:4). The gospel (the good news) is that Jesus has died, but has also been resurrected (1Cor. 15:1-4). The world is to hear the gospel to be saved by preaching (1Cor. 1:21). Because of the great apostasy (1Tim. 4:1-3), the word is to be preached to keep all faithful and allow sinners to be saved (2Tim. 4:2).

 

Fellowship. The early church was devoted to fellowship. Mutual edification and encouragement was a large part of their being together (Ac. 2:42). As brethren gather to worship they are to do so in a way that will bring encouragement and a spirit of love unto good deeds (Heb. 10:24,25).

 

BENEVOLENCE

The Sunnyside church believes in benevolence. We try to do as much as possible for the people of Macon County. Our benevolence also goes to those of the Sunnyside "family.Widows, widowers, and other members in need receive first priority. Currently, however, the main thrust of the benevolence program is for those outside the church. Food is purchased (both perishable and non-perishable) and given to needy families. Certain restrictions apply to how often a particular family may be helped. Interested people are urged to call the church office.

 

ANY QUESTIONS?

If you have any further questions about the Sunnyside Road church of Christ you are welcome to e-mail the church office at SRCC821@yahoo.com .

 

 

 

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