IS THAT IN THE BIBLE?

We want to thank for choosing Agape Christian Center: a sanctuary in the midst of the trials of life. We thought that it might be helpful to you if we explained some of our practices, way of worship and conduct—from a scriptural standpoint.

At Agape Christian Center we put our emphasis on teaching the Bible rather than man’s traditions.  We believe that it will be helpful to you in your walk with God to know why we do the things we do.

WHY DO WE USE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS?

Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

2 Peter 1:20-21 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation, for the prophecy came not in old times by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

Since Jesus, Himself, used and quoted from the Old Testament writings and since He is our example, we in like manner us both Old and New Testaments.  Anything that comes to the cross unchanged is not mentioned in the New Testament, therefore it stays the same. Anything changed from the Old Testament is revealed in the New Testament. 

Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

2 Peter 1:20-21 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation, for the prophecy came not in old times by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

Since Jesus, Himself, used and quoted from the Old Testament writings and since He is our example, we in like manner us both Old and New Testaments.  Anything that comes to the cross unchanged is not mentioned in the New Testament, therefore it stays the same. Anything changed from the Old Testament is revealed in the New Testament. 

WHY DO WE PRAISE AND WORSHIP GOD?

Matthew 4:10 “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.”

Endlessly throughout the scriptures we are encouraged to worship God in every circumstance and at every opportunity.

HOW SHOULD WE PRAISE AND WORSHIP GOD?

John 4:23-24 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth: for the Father seeketh such as to worship Him. God is a spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”

WHY DO WE STAND TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP GOD?

2 Chronicles 20:19 “And the Levites of the children of the Kahoathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.”

Revelation 7:9-10 “After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindred, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with whites robes, and palms in their hands, and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.”

If we stand when a politician, dignitary, celebrity or even the president enters our presence, how much more should we do so for God?

WHY DO WE LIFT OUR HANDS?

Psalm 63:4 “Thus will I bless thee while I live; I will lift up my hands in thy name.”

Psalm 134:2 “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.”

1 Timothy 2:8 “I will therefore that men pray everywhere lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”

WHY DO WE CLAP OUR HANDS?

Psalm 47:1 “O clap your hands, all ye people, shout unto God with the voice of triumph.”

If we applaud the works and performances of man, how much more so should we express our appreciation to God?

WHY DO WE SING OUT LOUD IN PRAISE AND WORSHIP?

Hebrews 13:15 “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.”

Revelation 19:1 “And after these things, I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the

Lord our God.”

These are a few of hundreds of scriptures that show us that it is good to sing unto our Lord. If we sing about life, the world, and all its contents, why not sing about the One who created life and the world?

WHY DO WE PRAISE AND WORSHIP IN ENGLISH AND IN TONGUES?

Psalm 150:3-5 “Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; praise Him with the psaltry and harp. Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise Him upon the loud cymbals; praise Him upon high sounding cymbals.”

If you were to invent something, would you not use it for your own benefit as well as for the benefit of others? Why would God create something that is beneficial to us in worshipping Him and then deny us to use it? His very own Word decrees that we can.

WHY DO WE DANCE IN THE SPIRIT?

Psalm 149:3 “Let them praise His name in the dance; let them sing praises unto Him with the timbrel and harp.”

As King David danced before the Lord will all his might, in like manner this is a form of worship of an individual seeking to worship God with every fiber of their being.  The scriptures are filled with people singing and dancing before the Lord. So, why not allow yourself to be filled…go ahead, DANCE!

WHY DO WE SPEAK IN TONGUES?

Mark 16:17 “And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues.”

1 Corinthians 14:22 & 39 “Wherefore, tongues are a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not; but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. *Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.”

You do not need tongues to get to heaven, but it sure helps here on this earth. There are numerous thoughts, ideas and misconceptions on the issue of speaking in tongues but in the long run, it’s your choice. It shouldn’t be a forced issue and it will not be in this church.  However, please be considerate of those that do choose to do so.

WHY DO WE HAVE TONGUES, INTERPRETATIONS AND PROPHECIES?

1 Corinthians 14:1-5 “Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.”

These spiritual gifts usually manifest to encourage an individual, comforting them, or building them up in the Lord.  It is not used to insult, belittle or project guilt.  It is done in various ways, the most common being that an individual will give an utterance in tongues with the congregation giving their attention to the speaker. The congregation waits, usually in silence, until another or the same individual begin to interpret, or relay in English what was delivered in tongues.