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The Way We Worship

We believe our worship is scriptural worship, motivated and directed by the Holy Spirit. In our services you may observe manifestations and gifts of the Holy Spirit in action. Before making any judgment we encourage you to search the scriptures thoroughly with an open mind.

Our main purpose and theme is to preach Jesus Christ, crucified and risen again as Saviour. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

  • Hands Lifted Up: “I will, therefore, that men pray everywhere lifting up holy hands”1 Timothy 2:8
    The lifting of our hands can mean many things. It can be a physical response of heartfelt agreement or approval. It also expresses our total surrender to God in true worship to Him.
  • Clapping of Hands: “O clap your hands, all peoples; Shout to God with the voice of joy”. Psalm 47:1
    Clapping of hands is a universal expression of joy and another valid way of expressing worship to our
    great God and King.
  • Speaking in tongues and Interpretation: “When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation” 1 Corinthians 14:26. Someone may speak in an unknown language, or “tongue”. The congregation may pause to give their attention to the message, and wait for someone to speak in English. The English that follows the speaking in tongues is the interpretation of what the first speaker has said.
  • Prophecy: “Two or three persons may prophesy, and everyone else must listen carefully.” 1 Corinthians 14:29. Sometimes a message will be given in English without being preceded by someone speaking in tongues. This is the scriptural gift of prophecy in operation.
  • Audible Worship: “Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth and sing” Psalm 98:4
    Throughout the service you will hear a frequent response of“Amen”, “Hallelujah” or some other verbal expression from those in the congregation, this is not to be considered irreverent or disrespectful.
  • Singing in the Spirit: “I will sing with the spirit” 1 Corinthians 14:15. People spontaneously begin to sing praise to God, both in English and in “other tongues”.
  • Laying On of Hands: “The group of church leaders blessed you by placing their hands on you.” 1 Timothy 4:14. You may see one of several placing their hands on someone asking for special prayer, for healing, dedication and blessing.
  • Under the Power: Occasionally, especially in a time of prayer, you may observe someone falling under the power of the Holy Spirit.

This has precedent in the scripture, for example, Saul of Tarsus, (Acts 9:14), Peter, (Acts 10:10), and many times in church history up to the present. This is a sovereign act of God when the power of His Holy Spirit touches a person for some special purpose.

 

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