Further Study: Worship in the Early Church


Ellen G. White, “Pentecost,” pp. 35–46; “The Gift of the Spirit,” pp. 47–56; “Exalting the Cross,” pp. 201–210; “Corinth,” pp. 243–254; “Called to Reach a Higher Standard,” pp. 309–322, in The Acts of the Apostles. “Holiness is not rapture: it is an entire surrender of the will to God; it is living by every word … [Click to read more …]

12: Worship in the Early Church: Discussion Points
Joyce Griffith


A P A R A B L E Okay, you. You like adventure and always want to test to the limits. Tuck a small box of matches in your pocket and put on a good sun hat and sunglasses. Head up into the mountains a couple of hours from home. The air is crisp and … [Click to read more …]

Worship “Contrary to the Law”


Worship is not just about what you do in church on Sabbath. Worship encompasses aspects of our whole faith: what we believe, what we proclaim, how we act. Central to worship is the idea of the Lord as our Creator and our Redeemer. Everything about worship should flow from this fundamental and sacred truth. Again, … [Click to read more …]

Paul on Mars Hill

St Paul Preaching in Athens

In the days of the early church, we can see another example of the issue of worship, and of what people worship—this time in the ministry of the apostle Paul when he was in Athens, the place where three of the world’s most influential philosophers (Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle) once lived. What a different audience … [Click to read more …]

The Preaching of the Word


A great part of the Protestant worship tradition has been the preaching of the Word. A sacred responsibility falls upon the one given the task to feed the sheep, to teach and to preach and to exhort and to encourage. Music, liturgy, prayer, the Lord’s Supper, and foot washing all have their place, but, perhaps, … [Click to read more …]

12: Worship in the Early Church – Teaching Plan


Key Thought: God’s Word regarding His law, our history with Him, His redeeming acts, and the future are the foundations of our worship. 1. Have a volunteer read Acts 1:8-11. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is. B. Should a focus of our worship … [Click to read more …]

Many Proofs

doubting thomas

From a human perspective, Jesus’ earthly ministry did not look so successful. Though He had attracted a fairly popular following while alive, it did not catch on en masse. Many leaders rejected Him, and, of course, the Romans crucified Him, causing His closest disciples to scatter and flee. Things looked pretty bad until His resurrection … [Click to read more …]