Worship at Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle
Our goal is to have the Bible as our source of pattern for worship. The Bible makes it very clear that worship is more than the songs we sing; it is the life we live. Worship incorporates our attitudes and actions; our beliefs and behavior; our creed and conduct. Basically, it is the song of one's life sung from the heart.
Moreover, worship is also expressed through singing songs of praise. The Bible in Ephesians 5:18, 19 describes both a structured and spontaneous expression of singing. It is both celebratory and jubilant as well as reflective and meditative. It incorporates hymns, traditional songs and contemporary choruses. This blended expression of singing captures the heart of biblical songs of praise. Here at SGT we truly desire to glorify God in spirit and in truth, incorporating sensitivity and order in our expression of worship.
The following will give you some information about our Church and explain the different expressions of worship during our service.
Let us worship the Lord!
Scriptural Answers To Questions You May Have
Q: Why Do We Stand When We Sing?
A: "Then the Levites...of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with voices loud and high". 2 Chronicles 20:19
Q: Why Do We Clap Our Hands?
A: "O clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!" Psalm 47:1
Q: Why Do We Lift Our Hands?
A: "Thus will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name." Psalm 63:4
"Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord." Psalm 134:2
"I desire therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting." 1 Timothy 2:8
Q: Why Do We Have Audible Praise Unto God?
A: "Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!" Psalm 103:1
"I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth." Psalm 34:1
"So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God..." Acts 4:24
Q: Why Do We Sing Choruses As Well As Hymns?
A: "And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord." Ephesians 5:18-19
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." Colossians 3:16
Q: Why Are Musical Instruments A Part Of The Worship Service?
A: "Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Psalm 150:3-5
Q: Why Do We Prophesy?
A: "But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men." 1 Corinthians 14:3
"Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy." 1 Corinthians 14:1
"But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all...to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy..." 1 Corinthians 12:7, 10
"Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge." 1 Corinthians 14:29
Q: Why Do We Have Speaking With Tongues And The Interpretation Of Those Tongues?
A: "Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues." 1 Corinthians 14:39
"But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all...to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues." 1 Corinthians 12:7, 10
"I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification." 1 Corinthians 14:5
"If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret." 1 Corinthians 14:27
Q: Why Does The Entire Church Pray At The Same Time For Specific Needs?
A: "So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: "Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth..." Acts 4:24
Q: Why Do We Anoint With Oil And Pray For The Sick?
A: "Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven." James: 14,15
Q: What Does It Mean To Be "Saved" Or "Born Again"?
A: "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." Romans 10:9
Q: Why Do We Take An Offering?
A: "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse..." Malachi 3:10
"So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver." II Corinthians. 9:7
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