The English word worship connotes acknowledgement of worthiness. The church gives praise to the God who is worthy, and brings the congregation in unison to express fear, faith, love, joy, confidence, awe and a wide range of other expression we have in our relationship with God.
The first chronological evidence of worship in the Bible was when Miriam gave thanks and praise to God for saving the Israelites from the hands of Pharaoh and swallowed the army of Egypt whole after they crossed the parted Red Sea. The reason of our praise to the Lord comes from the depths of our heart when experiencing the power of cross that brought forth our salvation, and fallen into His the eternal embrace.
We are reminded of our intimate relationship with God in our worship and prayer. We declare both publicly and privately to confirm the work of Jesus Christ in our lives.
Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. (Psalm 33:1-3)
The Bible, the infallible scriptures given by God, is the center to the faith and conduct of the believer. Believers should become more spiritually mature hunger to learn from God in his Word. They are eager to give him their requests, praise him, share their lives with him, and be aware of his constant presence in their lives.
Prayer and study are sometimes called spiritual disciplines. The meaning of the term discipline is something that “disciples” us, that is, teaches us or helps us learn. Spiritual leaders throughout the ages have found that certain activities help us learn about God, love him and become more like him.
WOA promotes member churches to give a particular care to improve the growth of their congregants. Pastors are assisted with diverse programs which include specific counseling, resources and strategies. Every church needs both general and unique approach in pursuit of their spiritual growth and fellowship with the Lord.
The heart of the Great Commission is to make disciples not converts. We are to not only reach people, we must teach them the ways of Christ. The job is not complete until the new Christian is a reproducing disciple-maker.
To the one who loves Jesus, the Lord commanded to “feed my lambs.” (John 21:15) It is the duty of a believer to show others the same love that they’ve received from the Lord, and the give the spiritual food sought by those who hunger for the truth.
We need to be active, willing and eager to share the faith. We need enthusiasm about the gospel, an enthusiasm that communicates about Christianity to our neighbors.
The church is sometimes called a fellowship; it is a network of relationships. We all need to give and to receive fellowship. We all need to give and receive love. Fellowship means a lot more than talking to each other about sports, gossip and news. It means sharing lives, sharing emotions, bearing one another’s burdens, encouraging one another and helping those who have need.
God made us social creatures. We want to interact with other people. If a person's social life does not center around the church, he will be tempted to socialize in places with not nearly as positive an atmosphere as the church. The church gives the members plenty of opportunities to fellowship with one another. True fellowship always includes the Father and the Son of God. If the presence of God is not real in the fellowship, it will be nothing more than a social club.
The First Church did not need to emphasize fellowship — they formed them naturally. The reason we find it necessary to emphasize them today is that society has changed so much. To form the interpersonal connections that ought to be part of Christian churches, we need to go out of our way to establish Christian friendship/study/prayer circles.
The word, deacon, means a role in the church, generally associated with various services among theological and denominational traditions. It is derived from the Lain word, Diakonia meaning "service.”
The churches functions as servants of both God and to his neighbors. The Lord calls His disciples to “Love each other as I have loved you.” (John 15:12) Apostle Paul exhorts the church, “As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10)
The Christian community also serves the world around us, not only in word, but also in deeds that go with those words. God did not just speak — he also took action. Actions can demonstrate the love of God working in our hearts, as we help the poor, as we offer comfort to the discouraged, and serve the needs of the church and believers alike.
There is a variety of ways in evangelism and outreach. Evangelist is a word originated from “evangelion”, a Greek word meaning “a messenger who brings good news”. Its meaning denotes fulfillment of the Great Commission as its foremost aim. Evangelism effort is an indispensable element in every church no matter how big or where the church is. It applies Lord’s most vital demand towards all congregations, “Preach the gospel to all nations.”
Church is not just a defense wall but a frontier that moves forward. Out-reaching endeavor is strategic and compulsory not only in growing a church but sustaining the body to be truly living.
WOA assists every church to discover the best fit method of evangelism and outreach according to demographics, geographical location, and characters of current members.
Oh Father God, after passing the eventful last year, we thank you for allowing us to greet this new year 2019. Throwing off all the old and stale things, may we be strengthened with our Father God in newness. Allow this day to be the day of joy where we start anew.
In this day of history, Father God has loved us. You foreknew us. You have chosen us. You have justified us. You will lead us to the ultimate place of glory.