Agape Bible Church is a charismatic fellowship where Jesus Christ is exalted as Lord.
This section explains our worship as we seek to follow what we see revealed in the Bible, God's Word.
Why do we emphasize praise and worship of Lord?
"Whoever offers praise glorifies Me …" (Ps 50:23) "Save us, O Lord, our God, and gather us from among the nations, to give thanks to Thy holy name, and glory in Thy praise." (Ps 106:47) "You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only." (Matt 4:10) "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers." (John 4:23)
Why do we praise the Lord audibly, often with joyful singing?
"Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name." (Heb 13:15) "Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing." (Ps 100:2)
Why do we sometimes lift up our hands?
"So I will bless Thee as long as I live, I will lift up my hands in Thy name." (Ps 63:4) "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord." (Ps 134:2)
Why do we often stand when we sing praise to the Lord?
"and the Levites … stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel, with a very loud voice." (2Chr 20:19)
Why do we use instruments to praise the Lord? "
"… they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and … praised the Lord saying, 'He is indeed good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting' …" (2Chr 5:13) "… praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe." (Ps 150:4)
Why do we sometimes clap and even shout to God?
"O clap your hands, all peoples, shout to God with a voice of joy." (Ps 47:1)
Why do some dance before the Lord?
"Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise in the congregation of the godly ones." "Let them praise His name with dancing …" (Ps 149:1,3) "Praise the Lord with timbrel and dancing …" (Ps 150:4)
Why do we sometimes pray or sing in other tongues and English?
"And these signs will accompany those who have believed … they will speak with new tongues; …" (Mark 16:17) "For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. What is the outcome then? I shall pray with the spirit and I shall pray with the mind also; I shall sing with the spirit and I shall sing with the mind also." (1Cor 14:14-15)
Why do we have speaking with tongues followed by an interpretation of tongues?
"But to each one is given the manifestation of Spirit for the common good … to another various kinds of tongues and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills." (1Cor 12:7,10-11) "If anyone speaks in a tongue, it should be by two or at the most three, and each in turn, and let one interpret." (1Cor 12:27) "Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues." (1Cor 14:39)
Why do some prophesy?
"But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good … and to another prophecy … But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills." (1Cor 12:7,10-11) "But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation." (1Cor 14:3)
Why do we pray for people to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit with speaking in tongues?
"And it shall be in the last days, God says, that I will pour forth of My Spirit upon all mankind …" (Acts 2:17) "… the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out upon the Gentiles also. For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God." (Acts 2:38-39)
Why do we pray for the sick with laying on of hands and anointing with oil?
"And these signs will accompany those who have believed … they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." (Mark 16:17-18) "Is anyone among you sick? let them call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him." (James 5:14-15)
IN SUMMARY . . . .
"What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification." (1Cor 14:26)