You must read Michael’s (from Love Broke Thru) new post called “In Search of the New Testament Worship Service Part 1“. Yes, you must. You do not have a choice.
Ok… ok… I am not ordering your to read his post. But, just read the intro, then decide for yourself:
We have a lot of freedom in how we “do church.” Scripture doesnâ€™t give a lot of detail on the how-to part of doing church. If we choose to sing contemporary praise choruses, we are not sinning. If we choose to sing traditional hymns instead, we are not sinning or violating scripture in any way. If we choose to sing a combination of both, we are free to do so. We have the liberty to meet on Thursday night, Monday night, or Sunday morning. We have the freedom to meet in an elaborate building or in a modest home. If we choose to have a more traditional monologue sermon instead of free-flowing dialog, we have complete liberty and freedom to do so. We have the freedom to take the Lord’s Supper once a day, once a week, once a month, or once a quarter. These are all important issues that need to be worked out in our local assemblies. But in my opinion, we should first be preoccupied with a more important question that lies at the very heart of our purpose for gathering together. We should be asking ourselves, “What is the church and what is the purpose of our meeting together?” While scripture is silent on many of the “how to’s” of doing church, it is not silent on what the church is and the purpose of our meeting together. How we answer that question should drive how we choose to do church in our particular setting.
That last part is soooooo important! While Scripture does not give us specific details on how we do things when we meet together as the church, if we understand who we are as the church and the purpose of our meeting together, this will help us choose what to do and what NOT to do when we meet together.
So, now, go read the remainder of Michael’s post.