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What you will find at Lake Forest is simple New Testament worship to God. The word worship in the original Greek language means “to kiss towards” or to “pay homage to”. God is the object of our worship. In Matthew 4:10 Jesus quoted from the Old Testament in saying, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.” We do not worship any man or anything other than God Himself. God demands that we worship Him in the proper way. In John 4:23-24 Jesus says, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” If we are going to worship God, according to Jesus we must do so in both spirit and in truth. What does that mean? To worship God in spirit means to worship Him with the right attitude and the proper mindset. We need to be focused upon God as we worship Him and get rid of all possible outside distractions (Matt. 5:23-24; I Cor. 11:27-34). Worshipping God in truth means that we worship according to His word (Jn. 17:17). Matthew 15:8-9 reads, “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” These words of Jesus indicate that there must be a wrong way and a right way to worship God. So how can we know what is wrong and what is right? We can only truly know by looking to the word of God. Here are some things we see that God commands us to do in our worship to Him upon the first day of the week:

Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is taken every first day of the week and is to serve as a reminder of the death of Christ upon the cross for us (I Cor. 11:23-26).Acts 20:7 tells us how often the first century church took the Lord’s Supper. It was taken on the first day of the week. It doesn’t say on one first day of the week per year or per quarter. The language given indicates that every time we find ourselves in a week, that on the first day of that week we should do as the disciples did according to God’s word.
We also see the command to give upon the first day of the week. The Bible commands in I Corinthians 16:2, “On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.” This is the exact same language that is used in Acts 20:7 concerning the Lord’s Supper. There is probably not a church in the world that only takes a collection once a month, quarter, or even year. In the same way a collection is taken each Sunday, the Lord’s Supper is to be observed as well. Paul says in this verse to lay something aside. The Old Testament command was to tithe. However, we know that the old law was done away with (Col. 2:14; Heb. 8:13) and therefore the command to tithe. Paul says in the New Testament in I Corinthians 9:6-7 that one should give “as he purposes in his heart”. But what does that money go to? It goes to the work of the local church, to help fund the spreading of the gospel.
In Acts 20:7 the Bible tells us that on the first day of the week, that Paul preached to those who were there. Certainly the Bible tells us of the importance of preaching the gospel in other passages such as Romans 10:14-15 and II Timothy 4:2. However, when we see that the early church had preaching on the Lord’s Day we know that we ought to follow their example.
We are also commanded in scripture to sing praises to our Lord. Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians3:16 both give commands to sing. The language used in Ephesians 5:19 of“speaking to one another” is reciprocal, which means we must all engage in singing praises to the Lord. What we do not see in scripture are things such as choirs or special singing groups in the worship (again, we are all commanded to sing) nor do we see mechanical instruments in the New Testament worship. That is why we simply sing to one another and make melody in our hearts just as the Bible commands us to.
I Thessalonians 5:17 commands us to pray without ceasing. The Bible gives us many commands about praying for one another (Js. 5:14-16) as well as praying for those in power (I Tim. 2:1-3). Jesus said we even ought to pray for our enemies (Matt. 5:44). Certainly prayer and petitions before God ought to be one of the most important part of our worship to Him.
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