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UNITY: SHARED CORPORATE WORSHIP
Acts 2:41Then they that gladly received his word werebaptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand soulsActs 2:42And they continuedstedfastlyin theapostles’ doctrineandfellowship, and inbreaking of bread, andin prayers.
Acts 2:43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.Acts 2:44And all that believed were together, and had all things commonActs 2:45And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
Acts 2:46And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,Acts 2:47Praising God, and havingfavourwith all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Shared, corporate worship – but is not unity damaged by our worship wars?Isn’t worship a part of the contention?
Theaccidentsof worship –diversity!
I’m using categories / terms / names from the 1500-1700s era.Accidents: the parts of worship that arenotessential & tend to vary from place to place and time to time.
Theaccidentsof worship –diversity!
Examples:Time / times of worship:Number of songs:Number (if any) of special music:Order of service:
Theaccidentsof worship –diversity!
Examples:Language of service:Location:A building or no building:
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
TheScriptureregulatesworship by command, teaching, & example.This is called the “regulatory principle.”
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
In thebeginningof the church:1. The elements were all there & in place2. The elements were (then) & are (now)obvious.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
On the Lord’s Day:Matthew 28:1In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn towardthe first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see thesepulchre.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
On the Lord’s Day:Mark 16:1And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.Mark 16:2And very early in the morning thefirst dayof the week, they came unto thesepulchreat the rising of the sun.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
On the Lord’s Day:Luke 24:1Now upon thefirst dayof the week, very early in the morning, they came unto thesepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
On the Lord’s Day:John 20:1Thefirst dayof the weekcometh Mary Magdalene early,when it was yet dark, unto thesepulchre, andseeththe stone taken away from thesepulchre.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
On the Lord’s Day:Acts 20:6And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.Acts 20:7And upon thefirst dayof the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them,ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
On the Lord’s Day:1 Corinthians 16:1Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.1 Corinthians 16:2Upon the first day of the weeklet every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
On the Lord’s Day:1 Corinthians 16:3And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.1 Corinthians 16:4And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
On the Lord’s Day:Revelation 1:10I was in the Spirit onthe Lord’s day (τῇ κυριακῇ ἡμέρᾳ),and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
Thereading,explaining, &applyingof Scripture!Acts 2:42And they continuedstedfastlyinthe apostles’ doctrineand fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.Acts 20:7And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread,Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
Thereading,explaining, &applyingof Scripture!Acts 17:1Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:Acts 17:2And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath daysreasoned with them out of the scriptures,Acts 17:3Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
Thereading,explaining, &applyingof Scripture!1 Timothy 4:13Till I come, give attendance toreading, toexhortation, todoctrine.Colossians 4:16And when this epistle isreadamong you, causethat it be readalsoin the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
Thereading,explaining, &applyingof Scripture!1 Thessalonians 5:27I charge you by the Lord that this epistlebe readunto all the holy brethren.Revelation 1:3Blessedis he thatreadeth, and they thathearthe words of this prophecy, andkeepthose things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
B.Prayingto the Lord!Acts 2:42And they continuedstedfastlyin the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, andin prayers.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
C.Singingto the Lord!Acts 2:46And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heartActs 2:47Praising God, and havingfavourwith all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
C.Singingto the Lord!Matthew 26:30And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.Acts 16:25And at midnight Paul and Silasprayed,andsang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
C.Singingto the Lord!Ephesians 5:19Speaking to yourselves inpsalms (ψαλμοῖς)andhymns (ὕμνοις)andspiritual songs (ᾠδαῖς πνευματικαῖς),singing (ψάλλοντες) and making melody (ᾄδοντες)in your heart to the Lord;
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
D.Givingto the LordThis is found in all3 formsin Scripture.Tithingto support the ministry.Givingto support missions.Sacrificingto help the poor.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
D.Givingto the LordActs 2:44And all that believed were together, and had all things commonActs 2:45And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
D.Givingto the Lord1 Corinthians 16:1Now concerning the collectionforthe saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
D.Givingto the LordCorinthians 16:2Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
D.Givingto the Lord1 Corinthians 16:3And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.1 Corinthians 16:4And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
D.Givingto the LordPhilippians 4:10But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.Philippians 4:11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
D.Givingto the LordPhilippians 4:12I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
D.Givingto the LordPhilippians 4:13I can do all things through Christ whichstrengthenethme..Philippians 4:14Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
D.Givingto the LordPhilippians 4:15Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye onlyPhilippians 4:16For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
D.Givingto the LordPhilippians 4:17Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.Philippians 4:18But I have all, and abound: I am full,having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, anodourof a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable,wellpleasingto God.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
D.Givingto the LordMalachi 3:8Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.Malachi 3:9Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, Even this whole nation.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
D.Givingto the LordMalachi 3:10Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be meat in mine house, And prove me now herewith, saith theLordof hosts, If I will not open you the windows of heaven, And pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
E.Greetingone another!Romans 16:16Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.1 Corinthians 16:20All the brethren greet you.Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
E.Greetingone another!2 Corinthians 13:12Greet one another with an holy kiss.1 Thessalonians 5:26Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.1 Peter 5:14Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
F. Observing the2 ordinances!Acts 2:41Then they that gladly received his word werebaptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.Acts 2:42And they continuedstedfastlyin the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship,and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
F. Observing the2 ordinances!Acts 20:7And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came togetherto break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
F. Observing the2 ordinances!Acts 2:41Then they that gladly received his word werebaptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.Acts 2:42And they continuedstedfastlyin the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship,and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
II.Theelementsof worship –unity!
In thebeginningof the church:1. The elements were all there & in place2. The elements were (then) & are (now)obvious.3.The elements arenotthe accidents!4.The elements areeasilyreproduced andare portable!

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