What you could see at Antioch
What is Worship
Worship is to love God for who He is and adore Him through various forms of expression. John 4:23-24 says, “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such people the father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in “spirit and truth.” We worship to thank God and bless Him for He is awesome, good and wonderful. What does worship look like? Because a person’s worship is their unique expression of love to God, it can assume a variety of forms. You may see people dance, raise their hands, clap, shout, wave flags and even sometimes run! All are expressions of worship as the Holy Spirit leads.
Music & Singing
Sometimes there will be times where there is just music and people will freely sing from their spirits. Other times there will be singing led by the band. “Praise the Lord! Sing to the lord a new song” Psalm 149:1.
There may be times when it is silent. At these times keep praying and focusing on Jesus, because He may want to speak to you, or touch your life in a specific way as you touch His heart. “Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10.
“Thus I will 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. Feel free to raise your hands. God loves it!
“Do not forbid to speak with tongues” 1 Corinthians 14:39. Sometimes people will sing or pray in other languages. This is one of God‘s many gifts to His people.
There is a funky looking instrument that is actually a ram’s horn that may be blown during meetings. The Bible says, “God ascended with a shout, the Lord with the sound of the trumpet” Psalm 47:5. Know that when the trumpet is blown, the Lord descends and is present at our meeting.
“Oh, clap your hands all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph” Psalm 47:1.
God talks about shouting a lot in the Bible. Sometimes it is because of joy, forgiveness, victory or war. There are many different reasons to shout. God will often lead his people to shout. So when we shout, lift your shout of faith in praise and worship, knowing that God hears your shout and defends you. “Shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart” Psalm 32:11.
Slain in the Spirit
People may fall over or shake. When the Holy Spirit touches a person, they tremble or react in various ways. This happened throughout the Bible. Daniel, Isaiah and many others had this happen when they met with God. Think about it… the creator of the universe – the one who is all powerful comes to be with us – a few things might shake. Don’t focus on what you see, or what happens or does not happen to you, focus on Jesus. We just want to see Him. You may see or hear some of these forms of worship while you are here. Remember it is not about what things look like, sound like, or your posture. It is about your heart and the heart loving Jesus and being open to the Holy Spirit. Feel free to stand, to sit, to kneel, to lie down,to come to the altar, to keep your eyes open or closed- make your comfortable. You are in the house of God, and God is with you so feel free. The two greatest commandments that Jesus gave were to love God and love your neighbour; just keep those in mind throughout your time here.
“Let them praise His name with dancing” Psalm 149:3.
“We will sing for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners” Psalm 20:5. When we raise our flags we are communicating something. When explorers discover new territory the first thing they always do is put a flag down and say this land belongs to our government. In the same way, we are God’s children, under His government, and we raise our flags to say “This land belongs to God, I belong to God, we belong to God.” Flags communicate to God, to each other and to the spirit world. The different coloured flags mean different things. Check the list on the wall (by the flag room) to find out what the different colours mean. The bigger banners also serve to communicate God’s heart or to reflect and compliment the direction of the service. The leadership will bring these out when appropriate.
Communion is received corporately every Sunday. We believe that there is great strength, power and healing in the Communion Table. “And they continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in the prayers…” Acts 2:42.
Our communion is based on Covenant Relationship with Jesus Christ. In John 6:53-58 Jesus states, ”Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you….For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks my blood abides in Me, and I in him.” Jesus purchased our full salvation for us. We receive His Resurrection life as we partake. Communion is available for everyone.
Here at Antioch we believe in the power of prayer. Personal ministry is available at the end of each service at the front of the sanctuary. We understand that you may be part of a ministry team in your own church; however, we have designated personnel that are prepared and committed to praying for your needs. We encourage you to enjoy your time with us and rest in the presence of God.
God is so good and He loves His children. God wants to communicate with His own. When we are in relationship with Him, He will often speak to us. In John 10:4 Jesus said that He is the Shepherd and that His sheep know his voice. God may speak through the Bible, through a thought, a song or a picture – there are many different ways. When we come together, we want to hear from God in order to know what He is feeling, thinking and saying. You may hear someone say, “I feel God is saying this…” know that the idea may be from God, and should be judged by church leadership. If you feel God is saying something to you concerning others, please go to a leader before releasing it. They may use it or they may not at that point. Please don’t be offended but trust God; He may be doing something different and your idea might be something to pray through. It may be just for you. It is awesome that God wants to speak to us and with us. We consider it a great privilege that God wants to share his heart with us and are committed to learning to hear Him better that we may move with the Holy Spirit.