Don't Be surprised if...

...Someone greets you before, during or after the service.  God has created us to be social people; He created us with an innate need to share our lives with others.  It is our desire that every gathering at Christian Assembly be an opportunity to connect with others, with God, and with the world around us.


...You see some people standing and some sitting during our worship service.  God is more concerned with the attitude of our hearts in worship, than the posture of our physical bodies.


...You see some people raising their hands or kneeling during Worship.  These are expressions of worship.  They are not mandatory.  They are the worshiper's response to the awesomeness of the God we serve.


...People sing along with the worship team, and may even clap their hands during singing.  The Bible encourages us: "Clap your hands, all peoples, shout to God with the voice of joy" (Psalm 47:1).


...Someone speaks out in an unknown or unfamiliar language, followed by someone else speaking out in English (interpreting).  This is one of the expressions of the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12).  The purpose of tongues with interpretation is twofold: 1) to provide a sign for unbelievers that they might believe. 2) To edify (build up and encourage) those who believe in Jesus. Tongues with interpretation declares the mighty works of God, exalts His name, and prompts believers to worship Him in spirit and in truth.


...We receive an offering.  Tithes reflect that 10% of one's income (Malachi 3) that is given back to God as a statement of worship and recognition of His ownership.  Offerings (contributions greater than our tithe) are used for special needs in the church, for example: missions, special events and ministries, and special projects.


...Because we believe God still miraculously heals people today, you may see people going to the altar area to receive prayer and to be anointed with oil.  James 5:14-15 tells us, "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."

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