What We Believe about Regular Times of Worship

In this post, we wanted to give the many Scripture references that have been used to form the “Regular Times of Worship” section of our Statement of Faith (see: https://rgfellowship.church/statement-of-faith).

Hopefully this post can help people understand how many Scripture texts are compared and compiled in order to come to a unified and holistic position in a Statement of Faith.

The Command not to Forsake Assembling

Hebrews 10:24–25 “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Times of Corporate Prayer in Acts

Acts 1:14 Men and women prayed together in upper room 

Acts 2:42 The disciples continued together steadfastly in prayer

Acts 3:1 Peter and John pray together in temple before healing a lame man

Acts 4:24 Peter and John call a prayer meeting and “raise their voice to God with one accord”

Acts 6:6 They pray together to appoint deacons

Acts 8:15 They call for Peter and John to pray that Samaria would receive the Holy Spirit

Acts 12:5 Peter in prison but “constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church”

Acts 12:12 “Many were gathered together praying” in Mary’s house 

Acts 13:3 They “fast and pray together” to appoint Barnabas and Saul 

Acts 14:23 When appointing elders in every church they “prayed with fasting”

Acts 16:13 “Prayer was customarily made” by the riverside in Philippi

Acts 16:25 “At midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns” together in prison

Acts 20:36 When exhorting Ephesian elders, Paul “knelt down and prayed with them all”

Acts 21:5 When departing from Tyre, they “knelt down on the seashore and prayed” 

Scriptural Models for Meeting on first day of week

Acts 20:7 “On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight.”

1 Cor 16:2 “On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.”

“Regular Times of Worship” in RGF Statement of Faith

Regular Times of Worship
Following New Testament command, believers are not to forsake regular stated times of meeting in the local church (Hebrews 10:25). Following the general New Testament pattern, the church is to meet on the first day of the week for fellowship, the preaching of the Word, the Lord’s Supper, and giving (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2). Again following the general New Testament pattern, the church is also to gather for regular times of corporate prayer (Acts 2:42, 4:23-35). Various views about the Sabbath and the Lord’s Day are respected, honored, and ought to be discussed with grace in the church (Colossians 2:16-17; Romans 14).  

For members: Church members in good health and with no extenuating circumstances are expected to be present for all Sunday worship services. Members are encouraged to attend all Wednesday prayer meetings as well; if unable to do so, we encourage at least one member from each family to attend two prayer meetings per month. 

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