Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we stand when we sing together?

“Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with voices loud and high.”
– 2 Chronicles 20:19

“A Multitude from the Great Tribulation after these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’”
– Revelation 7:9-10


Why do we clap our hands and audibly praise God?

“Praise to God, the Ruler of the Earth to the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!”
– Psalms 47:1

“I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.”
– Psalms 104:33

“I will praise You, O LORD, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to You among the nations.”
– Psalms 108:3


Why are musical instruments part of our worship services?

“Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!”
– Psalms 150:3-5

“And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps.”
– Revelation 14:2

“And the Levites who were the singers, all those of Asaph and Heman and Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, stood at the east end of the altar, clothed in white linen, having cymbals, stringed instruments and harps, and with them one hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets”
– 2 Chronicles 5:12

“Indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying: ‘For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,’ that the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud.”
– 2 Chronicles 5:13


Why do we dance in church?

“Let them praise His name with the dance; Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.”
 Psalms 149:3

“Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!”
 Psalms 150:3

“Then David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.”
 2 Samuel 6:14


Why do we lift our hands in worship?

“Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.”
– Psalms 63:4

“Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.”
– Psalms 134:2

“Men and Women in the Church I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”
–1 Timothy 2:8

“Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the watches; pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift your hands toward Him for the life of your young children, who faint from hunger at the head of every street.” – Lamentations 2:19


Why do we pray and sing in the Spirit?

“What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.”
– 1 Corinthians 14:15

“Praise to God for His Salvation and Judgment Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, and His praise in the assembly of saints.”
– Psalms 149:1


Why are some people “slain in the Spirit”?

“So the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.”
– 2 Chronicles 5:14

So I was left alone, gazing at this great vision; I had no strength left, my face turned deathly pale and I was helpless. Then I heard him speaking, and as I listened to him, I fell into a deep sleep, my face to the ground. A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees.”
– Daniel 10:8-10

“And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.”
Matthew 28:4

“Now when He said to them, ‘I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground.’”
– John 18:6

“And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.’”
– Revelation 1:17


What is prophecy?

“A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but prophesy?”
– Amos 3:8

“But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.”
– 1 Corinthians 14:3

“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.”
– 1 Corinthians 12:7


Why do the elders lay hands on sick people and anoint them with oil?

“They will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
– Mark 16:18

“And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them.”
– Mark 6:13

“And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.’”
– Acts 9:17

“And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul went in to him and prayed, and he laid his hands on him and healed him.”
– Acts 28:8

“Is anyone among you sick? 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.”
– James 5:14


Why do people “speak in tongues” in the church?

“Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues.”
– 1 Corinthians 14:39

“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.”
– 1 Corinthians 12:7

“To another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.”
– 1 Corinthians 12:10

“I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.”
– 1 Corinthians 14:5

“If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret.”
– 1 Corinthians 14:27