Answers for Church Members
Massive battles have been fought over this issue. Churches have split. Pastors have been fired. Countless Christians have taken up arms against each other in order to defend their answer to this question.
Yet at the end of the day, the style of music a church sings is relatively unimportant. What matters most is what we sing, not how.
That said, at least four further points can be made:
The style of music a church sings is relatively unimportant.
Some people prefer pre-written prayers, because it gives them the opportunity to carefully think through how they want to lead the congregation. Other people worry that pre-written prayers will “quench” whatever the Spirit might do in the moment. Here are several thoughts on the prayers for which you have the opportunity to plan:
In order to answer this hotly contested question we need to make sure a few biblical pieces are in place.
We would discourage it. Infant dedications have no Scriptural warrant. God nowhere commands Christians to have a public ceremony in which they dedicate their infants to him, nor is there any hint of such a practice in the New Testament.
Plus, there’s the danger that young Christians will interpret the event almost mystically, as if the child receives some type of special “coverage” or “force field” upon dedication.
While the titles “elder” and “deacon” are not essential to the church’s ministry, there are several good reasons why churches should use these biblical titles:
Does the whole idea of church “services” contradict the fact that the church is “a people,” not an event?9Marks
We don’t think so…
In 1 Timothy 3:8-12 Paul lays out the qualifications for a deacon:
According to the New Testament, deacons are to provide material and logistical support to the church.
The most important thing to look for in a potential elder is whether or not he meets the biblical qualifications.