what we believe

Why do we sing as we do?

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16)

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:18 & 19)


Why do we lift our hands?

The act of lifting our hands is a form of praising the Lord. More than fifty times in the Psalms the word “Towday” or “Yadah” is translated “praise” where in actuality the word to extend the hands in praise. Some other scriptures that mention praise are: “Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.” (Psalm 63:4)

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


Why do we clap our hands?

The act of clapping our hands is a form of praise which is mentioned frequently in scriptures.

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

“For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” 

(Isaiah 55:12)


Why do we praise the Lord out loud?

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.” 

(Psalm 100: 1 & 2)

“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: ...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 sing and pray in 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)

“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.” (1 Corinthians 14:5)


What is prophesy and how is it used?

Prophesy is a supernatural utterance from God in an understood or known tongue.

“But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.” 

(1 Corinthians 14:3)

“Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.” 

(1 Corinthians 14:1)

“Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.” 

(1 Corinthians 14:39)


Why do we have speaking with tongues and interpretations of those tongues in the church?

Various kinds of tongues are a supernatural utterance by the Holy Spirit in a language that was never learned by the speaker nor is it understood by the speaker. The interpretation of tongues is the supernatural showing forth by the Holy Spirit the meaning of an utterance in other tongues.

“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal ...To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues.” (1 Corinthians 12:7 & 10)

“Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.” (1 Corinthians 14:39)

“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.”

(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 are musical instruments a part of the worship service?

“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 does the whole church pray at once for specific needs?

“And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is.”

(Acts 4:24)

“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 18:19)


Why do we pray for the sick and anoint with oil?

“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: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.”

(James 5:14 & 15)


Why do we practice laying on of hands?

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” 

(Mark 16:17 & 18)

“Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.” (Luke 4:40)

“And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.” (Acts 19:6)