Why do we emphasize the worship of the Lord?
Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve. (Matthew 4:10)
O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker (Psalm 95:6)
Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy Name? For Thou only art holy; for all nations shall come and worship before Thee; for Thy judgments are made manifest. (Revelation 15:4)
How should we worship the Lord?
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 to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23-24)
For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, (Philippians 3:3)
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before Him, all the earth. (Psalm 96:9)
Why do we audibly praise the Lord?
Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. (Psalm 103:1)
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)
And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God: And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. (Revelation 19: 1, 6)
Why do we lift our hands in worship?
Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. (Psalm 63:4)
Lift your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord, (Psalm 134:2)
I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. (1 Timothy 2:8)
Why do we clap our hands?
O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. (Psalm 47:1)
Why do we often stand when we sing?
And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high. (II Chronicles 20:19)
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white 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. (Revelation 7:9, 10)
Why do some dance before the Lord?
Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. (Psalm 149:1-3)
Why do we sing in other tongues and in English?
For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 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 14:14, 15)
Why are musical instruments a part of our worship services?
Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery 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 the high sounding cymbals. (Psalm 150:3-5)
And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: (Revelation 14:2)
Why do we pray with laying on of hands and anointing with oil?
They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16:18)
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: (James 5:14)
Why do we have speaking in unknown tongues and interpretations in the church?
Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. (1 Corinthians 14:39)
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: (1 Corinthians 12:7, 10)
I would that ye all spake with tongues. (1 Corinthians 14:5)
If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. (1 Corinthians 14:27)
Why do some prophecy?
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. (1 Corinthians 14:1, 3)
Why does the whole church pray at once for specific needs?
They lifted up their voice to God with one accord. (Acts 4:24)
Why do we receive tithes and offerings?
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (Malachi 3:10)
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)