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The Way We Worship

People Dance.

People may dance in joyful celebration because of the liberating presence of God.

Exodus 15:20; 2 Samuel 6:5; 14-16; Psalm 30:11; Psalm 149:3; Psalm 150:4

People Cry.

Tears of joy or tears of repentance may flow, depending on how people are affected by the revelation of God’s presence at any given time.

Nehemiah 8:9; 2 Chronicles 34:27; Acts 2:37.

People laugh for joy.

Laughter is an expression of overflowing joy from the hearts of a person set free by the power and presence of God.

Psalm 126; Ecclesiastes 3:4; Isaiah 61:3.

People pray for others by laying hands on them

Blessing, power, healing or commissioning by the Holy Spirit may be passed from one person to another by the laying on of hands.

Numbers 27:18; 23; Matthew 19:15; Mark 16:18; Acts 8:17; Acts 13:3; Acts 28:8

People anoint other people with oil.

Healing, blessings, or preparing for ministry may occur through anointing with oil and prayer.

Exodus 29:7, 21; Exodus 30: 25-31; 2 Kings 9:6; Mark 6:13; James 5:14

People have visions, revelation and words of knowledge.

Through the Holy Spirit, people may receive and communicate insight, understanding, or information, which strengthens and encourages the church body.

Joel 2:28; John 4:17-19; Acts 2:17; Acts 5:1-5

People speak in strange languages.

The Holy Spirit prays through spirit-filled people in unknown languages, which God understands. The person is refreshed and strengthened on the inside.

Occasionally there may be a message given to the church body which would then be interpreted.

Acts 2:4; Acts 10:46; Acts 19:6;

1 Corinthians 13: 14-18; 22; 39.

People use prophecy and interpretation of languages.

The Holy Spirit gives an encouraging message to a person who then speaks it out for all to hear. This may come as an interpretation of a preceding message in an unknown language or as a prophetic message given by a person sensing and believing what God is wanting to say.

Acts 2:17; Acts 11:27-28; 1 Corinthians 12:10; 1 Corinthians 14:3-5; 1 Corinthians 13; Romans 12:6.

Communion

Sharing Communion is open to all who attend who simply love the Lord. “Do this in remembrance of me.” The bread and wine symbolises the broken body of our crucified Lord whilst the wine symbolises the blood that was shed for us for the forgiveness of our sins.

Baptism

This is called believer’s baptism. It is a declaration and confession of faith and an act of repentance. Every believer is encouraged to follow Jesus’ example and command in being baptised which is done by full emersion.

People lift up their hands.

This is an outward expression of worship and of humble surrendering of our lives to the Lord Jesus.

Psalm 63:4; Psalm 134:2, Psalm 141:2;

1 Timothy 2:8

People fall over.

Under the overwhelming sense of God’s presence and power, some people experience physical weakness, disorientation, shaking or falling, as God ministers to them personally and directly.

1 Samuel 19:23-24; Ezekiel 1:28; Ezekiel 3:23; Daniel 8:17-27; Daniel 10:9-10; Matthew 17:6; Matthew 28:4, Revelation 1:17

God, I still don’t get it!

“Why doesn’t it happen to me?”

God wants to reach everyone. He will touch and bless all who seek Him in humility and faith. But He doesn’t always touch everyone in the same way. Some people will respond differently from others. Some laugh, some cry, some fall over and some just sit or lie down and quietly “soak” in the blessings of God.

It is important not to judge or compare ourselves with others, but simply be open to the power of His Holy Spirit in our own life.

Ephesians 5:17

“It seems emotional and excessive”

While some people may over-react to the touch of God, it’s perfectly biblical to respond emotionally to God. Be open to all God wants to do in and through you. Be sincere, give others the benefit of the doubt and leave it to the Senior Pastors to deal with any extremes, if there are any. But we are called to love God with all of our mind, body and soul. Love is an emotion.

Psalms 51:10,11 & 17

“Church should be quiet and orderly”

When the Holy Spirit is allowed to move in a service, it may seem disorderly. Yes, God is a God of order, but there is a spiritual order that over rules human planning and control. Biblical worship is free, expressive and sometimes noisy and clamorous. People celebrate Jesus in an atmosphere of freedom and faith as well as reverently, quietly and meditatively.

Our prayer is that you experience the presence of the risen Christ in a real and personal way and that your walk with Him will be encouraged and strengthened

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