MOORE — In worship services, families will worship together rather than being divided into study groups or classes (Acts 11:26, 14:27, 15:30, 20:7; 1 Corinthians 14:23-40; Hebrews 10:25). This practice is in harmony with the written Word of God of the early church and provides a blessed, edifying experience for each family member.
In the undivided worship service a male member in prayer, offers our praise, thanksgiving, petitions and supplications. There may be several prayers during the worship service. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God,” Philippians 4:6 (ESV).
How should we praise God?
Nineteen centuries have passed since that triumphant beginning of Christianity. During time’s passage, the history of Christ’s church that he built can be summed up in one word: change. From the early days of Christianity until the present, man has sought to add his own philosophies and traditions to Christianity while ignoring many of the most fundamental teachings of Jesus. For this reason, many modern day concepts of Christianity bear little resemblance to the original Christianity of the church found in the New Testament.
Change is usually motivated by the thought that the moral and doctrinal teachings of Jesus must be modernized to keep up with the “progress” of society. But has mankind really changed? (Rom. 1:21-32) Despite our tremendous technological advances, does not modern man still have the same basic spiritual needs of his ancestors? It is written in Romans 3:23 (KJV) “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Has Christ changed? It is written in Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
The members of the East Ridge church of Christ are still able to meet the needs of mankind completely, without adding to or taking away from His message in any way (2 John 1:9-11; Revelation 22:18-19). Christ’s life, his word, and his plan for the church are dynamically relevant to contemporary man.