Is praise dancing during worship appropriate?

Is praise dancing during worship appropriateThere are many ways people celebrate and praise God in the church. One way is being inspired to dance during parts of the service. Is “praise dancing” during worship appropriate?

Worshipping in both song and dance is a Biblically appropriate way to praise our Lord. For example, David is famous for dancing while praising the Lord. 1 Samuel 30:16; 2 Samuel 6:14-16.

1 Samuel 30:16 (NKJV)

16 And when he had brought him down, there they were, spread out over all the land, eating and drinking and dancing, because of all the great spoil which they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from the land of Judah.

2 Samuel 6:14-16 (NKJV)

14 Then David danced before the Lord with all his might, and David was wearing a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.

16 Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. Continue reading

How do You Worship God?

How do You Worship GodIs worship learned or is it something that you just do naturally? Does it require a certain feeling or emotional state? How do you worship God?

By worship, we assume you are referring to the practice of Christians singing praise music during a church service. Obviously, worship is a much broader concept than this narrow definition, but many Christians have come to see worship in this limited context.

Scripture, on the other hand, defines worship as obedience. For example, Paul defines worship this way: Continue reading

Is There A test To Know If I am Saved?

Is There A test To Know If I am SavedSometimes I wonder if I am actually saved? What are the criteria or is there a test to know if I am saved for sure?

First, the test of salvation is clear in scripture: Is There A Test To Know If I am Saved

Romans 10:9 New King James Version (NKJV)

that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

If you have done these things, then you are saved for eternity. Following salvation, we continue to live in a sinful, fleshly body for a time, and in that state, we experience disappointments that all Christians, even the Apostle Paul, share. Consider what Paul said about himself in Romans 7: Continue reading

Our Free Will Does Not Save Us Part 2

Free Will Does Not Save UsGod’s Election, in Christianity,   involves God choosing a particular person or group of people to a particular task or relationship, especially eternal life. Election to eternal life is viewed by some as conditional on a person’s faith, and by others as unconditional. In other words, our free will does not save us.

 

In Part 1 of this post, there were a series of difficult questions concerning God’s program of election. It is understandable people can have an emotionally painful reaction to learning of God’s sovereignty in salvation so let’s attempt to offer some perspective from Scripture. Continue reading