In a world of religious confusion the call went out to use “Bible names for Bible doctrines.” The statement sounds appealing; the concerns it critiques are most valid. And yet “Bible names” could become just as problematic depending how they are used. We do well to explore how language is to be used to communicate the purposes of God.
Christians in a local church are to meet together to encourage one another (Hebrews 10:25); local churches therefore must give some thought to facilities. But what kind of facilities are necessary for the church to do its work? Such has proven to be a contentious and divisive matter, sadly. We do well to search the Scriptures and gain principles from its pages.
God has given the church many responsibilities. It is up to the members of the congregation to meet them. As we sow, thus we shall reap.
When Christians gather together, a lesson is preached. Why does preaching take place in an assembly? What explains its prominence? Join us as we discuss preaching as an act of the assembly.
Christians came together on the first day of the week to break bread. The Lord’s Supper defines our gathering; it also exemplifies it. Let us consider the importance of the Lord’s Supper in the assembly.
Christians do well to come together and pray to God their Father. The prayer of the people of God has great power in its working!
Early Christians sang psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs when they assembled together. We do well to understand why and to what end.
Christians frequently assemble together to study more about Scripture and how to apply it to their lives. How can the assembly Bible study be effective for its purposes?
It is easy to associate “assembly” with “Christianity,” but is there not much more to Christianity than the assembly? How shall we view the assembly in terms of the greater life we live as Christians?
How has “worship” become so intertwined with the assembly? How can we best manifest what God has revealed about worship and the assembly?
When you think of “worship,” what comes to mind?
What practice(s) do you associate with the word “worship”?
Worship (English definition from Webster’s; derived from “worthship,” as in, “your worthship”)
1. To adore; to pay divine honors to; to reverence with supreme respect and
2. To respect; to honor; to treat with civil reverence.
3. To honor with extravagant love and extreme submission; as a lover.
4. To perform acts of adoration.
5. To perform religious service.
shahach (Hebrew definition from Brown-Driver-Briggs; e.g. Genesis 18:2, Genesis 37:7,9, Exodus 20:5, 2 Kings 5:18): to bow down, prostrate oneself
proskunein (Greek definition from Thayer’s; e.g. Matthew 8:2, Matthew 14:33, Matthew 28:9, Revelation 5:14, 11:16):
1. To kiss the hand to (towards) one, in token of reverence
2. Among the Orientals, especially the Persians, to fall upon the knees and touch
the ground with the forehead as an expression of profound reverence
2. In the NT by kneeling or prostration to do homage (to one) or make obeisance,
whether in order to express respect or to make supplication
To prostrate (English definition from Webster’s): to throw down; to overthrow; to demolish; to ruin; to prostrate one’s self, to throw one’s self down or to fall in humility or adoration; to bow in humble reverence; to sink totally; to reduce.
To render obeisance (English definition from Webster’s): A bow or courtesy; an act of reverence made by an inclination of the body or the knee.
‘abad (Hebrew definition from Brown-Driver-Briggs; e.g. Genesis 25:23, Exodus 3:12, Exodus 20:5, Numbers 4:24, Numbers 18:21): to labour, work, do work; to work for another, serve another by labour; to serve as subjects; to serve (God); to serve (with Levitical service)
latreuein [Greek definition from Thayer’s; e.g. Matthew 4:10, Luke 1:74, Acts 27:23, Romans 9:1 (noun form), Romans 12:1 (noun form), Hebrews 9:1, 6 (noun form), Hebrews 9:14, 12:28, Revelation 22:3]:
1. To serve for hire
2. To serve, minister to, either to the gods or men and used alike of slaves and
freemen; in the NT, to render religious service or homage, to worship; to
perform sacred services, to offer gifts, to worship God in the observance of the
rites instituted for his worship; of priests, to officiate, to discharge the sacred
Greek sebomai [Matthew 15:9 (Isaiah 29:13, y’irah, “fear”), Acts 13:43, 17:7, 18:7, 13, 19:27]: to revere, worship.
Greek leitourgein [Acts 13:2, Romans 15:27, Hebrews 9:21 (noun form), Hebrews 10:11]: to perform a work, including one of religious service.
Greek threskeia (Acts 26:5, Colossians 2:18, James 1:26-27): religious discipline, religion.
Greek therapeuo (Matthew 4:24, Acts 17:25): to serve, to heal.