Some Why's


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Why Do We Stand When We Sing?

  • "And the Levites. . .stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high."
    (2 Chronicles 20:19)

Why Do We Clap Our Hands?

  • "O clap your hands all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph." (Psalms 47:1)

Why Do We Lift Our Hands?

  • "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord." (Psalms 134:2)

  • "I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting."
    (1 Timothy 2:8)


Why Do We Have Audible Praise Unto God?

  • "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me bless His holy name." (Psalms 103:1)

  • "I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth." (Psalms 34:1)

  • "And When they heard this, they lifted their voices to God."  (Acts 4:24)


What Is Prophecy?

  • "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)

  • "But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. . .To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy." (1 Corinthians 12:7, 10)

  • "For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be comforted."
    (1 Corinthians 14:31)


Why Do We Have Speaking with Tongues and Interpretation of Those Tongues?

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

  • "But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. . .To another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues." (1 Corinthians 12:7, 10)

  • "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 . . ." (Acts 4:24)


Why Do We Anoint with Oil and Pray for the Sick?

  • "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 offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him." (James 5:14-15)