In this way we can ease our minds of anxiety, fear, and care. Although salvation does not depend on going to church, and a Bible is not necessary to get to heaven-a personal interest in Christ is the one thing needful; yet there is no denying that our edification in public worship depends greatly on the kind of prayers that are prayed.
for what we require for our physical and spiritual well-being. It is true, as our Lord says, that our heavenly Father knows all our needs before we pray, but he likes to hear us ask him and turn to him with our petitions. The Bible teaches us that "every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17). God is the source of every blessing and is unchanging and faithful. Since that is so, then it is clear that we must go to him for what we need, and we may go with confidence for he bids us come, and because we come in the name of his dear Son, Jesus Christ.
The church main service started a little bit late than their usual time because there was a baptismal ceremony. For one to qualify to be Baptist in that church, one had to be born again and had to go for a three month course. The pastor said that those who brought their children to be baptised, they brought them as believers. The infants were baptised as the seed of godly parents, and the godparents and parents are exhorted, as believers, to pray that the child may be born again and encouraged to lay hold on the promises made. And as the child of believers, the infant when baptised, is pronounced "Regenerate", and thanks are given for it.
On that day, I realised that one of the delightful parts of worship is the singing of God's praises. Praise is different from thanksgiving. We praise God for what he is, holy, almighty, gracious, merciful, wise, all-knowing. These are some of the attributes of God. We praise him because he is God and we are his creatures. We get some insights into God's glory when we look at the world he has made.
The main reading from the Bible was as follow;
"To acknowledge and confess our sins" and to receive forgiveness
from God. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive
us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).
The pastor interpreted that The Lord Jesus himself has gave us the parable of the Pharisee and the publican both going up to the temple to pray. The Pharisee felt no need to confess his sins or to seek forgiveness. The publican does, and confesses his sins and acknowledges his unworthiness. And Jesus said, "I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other." The confession of our sins is the right and proper way to begin our worship and to approach God. We find the principle exemplified throughout Scripture. Isaiah
in the temple, when he saw the Lord high and lifted up, immediately cried out, "Woe is me! for I am undone." Peter in the boat, when it dawned on him that he was in the presence of the holy Son of God, cried out, "Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord." (Rev. James, 2006)
The pastor said there was need to establish a resource centre in the church and indeed I saw sense in it. I believe that re-sourcing is one of the most vital functions of church