Testimonies are popular because preaching Christ and the gospel has become not just unnecessary, but "boring" to many evangelicals.
"The Twilight song sounds and feels like a worship song, but only Jesus Culture's 'Happy Day' is the real worship song."
A doxology is simply a psalm or hymn sung, or words recited, in praise of God. Many doxologies are found throughout the Bible, and they were used in synagogue and early Christian worship.
Baptism is not a Christian's public profession of his own decision to believe in Christ (a truly Arminian idea), but the sign and seal of Christ's own work of washing of a sinner to save him.
"If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly; then you shall take delight in the Lord" (Isaiah 58:13-14).
Why does our pastor monopolize our worship service? He does and he doesnâ€™t. He leads the whole service, but this does not mean he monopolizes the service. In fact, our service is profoundly more participatory than the run-of-the-mill evangelical service.
"We, the church, have unwittingly encouraged you to simply import musical practices into Christian worship that—while they might be appropriate elsewhere—are detrimental to congregational worship."
Therefore, whether it be God or a creature that is imaged, the moment you fall prostrate before it in veneration, you are so far fascinated by superstition. For this reason, the Lord not only forbade the erection of statues to himself, but also the consecration of titles and stones which might be set up for adoration.
For evangelicals, these three words conjure up a nightmare of a confessional, adoration of the host, and other forms of Roman Catholic sacerdotalism.
If what goes on in your church home closely resembles the above eyewitness account, and if the answers to Horton's questions above are negative, it's time to leave.
So instead of meeting their “felt needs,” the church should give them a huge dose of their “unfelt need”! What is this “unfelt need”? I stumbled upon a website of an evangelical youth “ministry” to youth audiences to “share the gospel of Jesus Christ through music, drama, and testimony.” They give musical concerts “to meet [...]
In the Psalms, we read much about how we as God’s people are to praise and worship the LORD. 1 Oh come, let us sing to theÂ LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 2Â Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him [...]