Bethpage Church of Christ

"And he saith unto them,
Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." - Matthew 4:19

About the Church

The New Testament law of worship is set forth in John 4:24 KJV.
"God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth."

No worship, according to this utterance of Jesus, can be right unless it is done in spirit and truth.

All congregations of the Lord's church whose meetings are described in the pages of the New Testament had a common worship pattern. We can check for this in,1 Corinthians 7:17 KJV

Immediately following the account of their conversion in Acts 2, we read that they "continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread and in prayers" Acts 2:42 KJV

Using these avenues or channels through which worship flowed up to God, they met regularly at specific time intervals for meaningful spiritual services.

We should worship in these same ways today. In fact, it becomes wrong for us to attempt to worship HIM in any other way. There is no higher insult to God than to do otherwise.

"But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." Matthew 15:9 KJV

God's Plan of Salvation

1. Hear

But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
Luke 11:28 KJV

2. Believe

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."
Mark 16:16 KJV

3. Repent

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:38 KJV

4. Confess

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Romans 10:9 KJV

5. Baptized

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Matthew 28:19 KJV

6. Be Faithful Until Death

Fear none of those things which though shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be though faitful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Revelation 2:10 KJV

What Are The Acts of Worship?

  1. "And when they had sung a hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives."
    Matthew 26:3 KJV

  2. "But about midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them."
    Acts 16:25 KJV

  3. "And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name."
    Romans 15:9 KJV

  4. "What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also."
    1 Corinthians 14:15 KJV

  5. "What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also."
    1 Corinthians 14:15 KJV

  6. "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;"
    Ephesians 5:19 KJV

  7. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."
    Colossians 3:16 KJV

  8. "Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee."
    Hebrews 2:12 KJV

  9. "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."
    Hebrews 13:15 KJV

  10. "Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms."
    James 5:13 KJV

Prayer is the way by which man speaks to God. When we pray according to the will of God, He hears us. Prayer is not the battering down of God's reluctance. It is acknowledging our trust in Him and our dependence on Him.

  1. "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:"
    1 John 5:14 KJV

  2. "For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil."
    1 Peter 3:12 KJV

  3. We should always pray in faith, believing that we shall receive what we ask for. But we should always pray:
    "Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."
    Luke 22:42 KJV

  4. We should ask our prayer in the name of Christ, for He is our mediator before God.

    "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" 1 Timothy 2:5

    "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;" Ephesians 5:20

Studying the word of God is the highest form of worship. The disposition to want to know the will of God so as to be able to do the will of God brings the highest blessing the Lord has to bestow.

"If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself."
John 7:17 KJV

It is worship to give to God to give financially to the church of Christ. The church in the city of Philippi sent financial contributions to help the apostle Paul preach the gospel. And Paul said of that contribution that it was "an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God." Philippians 4:18 KJV

By our giving we help preach the gospel, we enable the church to have a fund from which to aid the poor, and finance whatever physical facilities (such as rent on a building in which the church can assemble) or teaching aids the church may need (such as Bibles, tracts booklets, etc).

Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
1 Corinthians 16:1-2 KJV

The Lord loves a cheerful giver. It is written, "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver."
2 Corinthians 9:7 KJV

The Lord looks upon our giving as proof of the sincerity of our love. "I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love." 2 Corinthians 8:8 KJV

The Jews under the law of Moses were commanded to give a tenth of their income to the Lord. The Lord has not set an exact amount which the Christian is to give. He has placed man on his honor, and has only commanded that he "give liberally" and according as he has been "prospered".

"Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness."
Romans 12:8 KJV

"Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come."
1 Corinthians 16:2 KJV

The Lord's Supper is a solemn occasion. Jesus instituted the communion service to commemorate His suffering and death for sin. Every Christian (without exception) partakes of the Lord's Supper every Sunday (without exception) in the memory of the sacrifice of Christ He made for our sins.

The purpose of the Lord's Supper is described best by the Lord Himself when He said "this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me." 1 Corinthians 11:25 KJV

The bread is the "communion of the body of Christ" and the fruit of the vine is a "communion of the blood of Christ" 1 Corinthians 10:16 KJV. It is a memorial which preaches Christ's death: "For often as ye eat this bread, and drink the cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come." 1 Corinthians 11:26 KJV

The church at Troas came together on the first day of the week for the purpose of breaking bread: "And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight." Acts 20:7 KJV

The Lord's supper does not take away sin, but it is done to "show forth" to the world the fact that the Christian believes in the sacrifice which Christ made for sin.

It is a positive sin to miss the assembling of one's self which other brothers and sisters in Christ and to forsake the service in which the Lord's Supper is observed. "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Hebrews 10:25 KJV
If one is ill and cannot attend the solemn service held each Lord's Day or the first day of the week, he should partake of the emblems alone.

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