|Sunday …||10:00 am||2:00 pm|
Location302 Shoemaker Way
Tonganoxie, KS 66086
Jn 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 to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (KJV)
Two things are required of us if our worship is to be acceptable to God –
- We must worship in spirit. The apostle Paul in Romans 12:11 urges us to be “fervent in spirit.” This means we are to have an attitude of zeal. To worship God in spirit is to do so with the right attitude or from the heart. The Bible heart is our mind and includes our intellect, volition, conscience and emotions. One’s whole heart must be engaged in worship for it to be acceptable to God. As the Psalmist wrote, “I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation” (Ps 111:1). Worship in spirit involves doing those acts which please God with the right attitude.
- We must worship God in truth. To worship God in truth means that we will worship God according to His Word (Jn 17:17). Any worship not in accordance with God’s Word is unacceptable worship (Mt 15:9; Mk 7:7; Col 2:20-23).
What to expect —
We welcome everyone who chooses to worship with us. The following will give you an idea of what to expect during our worship assemblies:
We do not use musical instruments, but a capella singing, because the scriptures direct us to do the following –
Eph 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; (KJV)
1Co 14:15 … I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. (KJV)
Col 3:16 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. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (KJV)
We have an opening, main, and closing prayer. Most participate by simply bowing their heads. You can assume whatever posture you are comfortable with during prayer.
In our prayers to God we give thanks and praise His name. In our prayers we pray for our needs and for the needs of others. Jesus Christ is our mediator and high priest, therefore, our prayers must be addressed to God in the name of Jesus.
1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (KJV)
Jn 16:23 … Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. (KJV)
Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (KJV)
Eph 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; (KJV)
1Co 14:15 … I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: … (KJV)
The Lord’s Supper
Each Sunday we remember the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus through The Lord’s Supper, also known as the Communion, just as Jesus instituted the memorial service on the night in which He was betrayed. We observe this just as Jesus instituted it because He said, “this do in remembrance of me”.
Mt 26:26-28 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (KJV)
Lu 22:17-20 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: 18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. 19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. (KJV)
1Co 11:23-29 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. 27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. (KJV)
Ac 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. (KJV)
Ac 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread … (KJV)
Each Sunday, members give money to support the work of the congregation and to fund the Lord’s work. We do not expect visitors to contribute. If a visitor chooses to contribute, we gratefully accept the gift. However, the work of the congregation is the responsibility of its members.
God has given us the perfect plan for giving (1Co 16:2). We are told who is to give, “let every one of you”. We are told when we are to give, “Upon the first day of the week”. We are also told how much to give, “as God hath prospered him”. We show our love for God when we give cheerfully and willingly to Him (2Co 8:1-5; 9:7).
God has commanded us to teach His Word (Mt 28:19-20). Both saved and sinners need to be taught. Therefore, a lesson from the Bible is one of the acts of worship in which Christians are to engage (Ac 2:42). We must learn God’s Word so that we can grow stronger in Christ, teach others, and overcome false teachings (1Pe 2:1-2; 2Ti 2:2; 4:1-5). This is a very important part of our worship and must never be overlooked.
At the conclusion of the sermon we always offer what is commonly referred to as an invitation song. This is a time for those who need the prayers of the church or to obey the gospel to come forward and make their wishes known.
Re 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (KJV)
Js 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (KJV)
If you wish further explanation about our worship or any aspect of the Christian life, we would welcome an opportunity to study the Bible and share Christ with you. Contact us by email or phone.