Of The Holy Scriptures
Chapter 1, Paragraph 6
“…and that there are some circumstances concerning the worship of God, and government of the Church common to humane actions and societies; which are to be ordered by the light of nature, and Christian prudence according to the general rules of the Word, which are always to be observed.”
1 Corinthians 11:13,14. Is Scripture or nature appealed to in this passage?
1 Corinthians 14:26,40. What is the guideline for worship given in these verses?
How do you determine what time a church service should start? If you should use chairs or pews to sit in? Where to meet? What lighting to use?
Decisions regarding the worship of God should always be directed by Scripture. Some elements are essential; these are mentioned clearly in the Bible. There is freedom, though, in choosing those elements that are circumstantial – that aid us in our worship. Chairs for the comfort of members during church would be an example of prudent thinking, although not mentioned as necessary in Scripture.Holding a service in a store-front building is as valid as meeting under a tree. LED lights or candlelight can be used to light the room.
Since God is the Creator of nature and reason, it makes sense that some circumstances between the Christian life and the secular life would be similar. God would not have us doing things that make no rhyme or reason. While Christians are not of this world, we and the world do share a sense of order. As long as the general guidelines of Scripture are obeyed, we are free to use our own common sense and wisdom in determining surroundings and circumstances that aid in worship services.
Questions to Consider
- What are essential elements of worship?
- What are circumstantial elements of worship?