The English word worship connotes acknowledgement of worthiness. The church gives praise to God who is worthy, and brings the congregation in unison to express their joy, love, awe, and a range of other affections we have in our relationship with God.
The first chronological evidence of worship in the Bible was when Miriam gave thanks and praise to God for saving the Israelites from the hands of Pharaoh and destroying the army of Egypt after they crossed the parted Red Sea safely. The reason of our praise to the Lord comes from the depths of our heart when we experience the power of the cross that brought forth our salvation.
We are reminded of our intimate relationship with God in our worship and prayer. We declare both publicly and privately to confirm the redeeming work of Jesus Christ in our lives.
Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. (Psalm 33:1-3)
Bible, the infallible scripture given by God, is the center of faith and conduct of a believer. A disciple of Christ should pursue spiritual growth and always hunger to learn God’s Word, eagerly submitting to him in their prayers, praise and devotion, being aware of his constant presence in their lives.
The meaning of the term discipline is something that “disciples” us, that is, teaches us, trains us and helps us to grow. Spiritual leaders throughout the ages have found that certain activities help us learn about God, love him and become more like him, with prayer and study being essential to spiritual discipline.
Olivet Assembly Europe promotes member churches to give particular care to supporting the spiritual growth of their congregants. OA pastors and ministers are actively assisted in developing effective strategies, programs and resources to ensure spiritual growth and deepen the relationship with the Lord in their churches.
The heart of the Great Commission is to make disciples not converts. We are to not only reach people, we must teach them the ways of Christ. The job is not complete until the new Christian becomes a reproducing disciple-maker.
To those who love Jesus, the Lord commanded to “feed my lambs.” (John 21:15). It is the duty of believers to show others the same love that they’ve received from the Lord, and to provide the spiritual food to those who hunger for truth.
The church is a fellowship; it is a network of relationships. As human beings, we all need fellowship. We all need to both give and receive love. Fellowship means a lot more than talking to each other about sports, news or gossip. It means sharing our lives together, sharing our deepest emotions, bearing one another’s burdens, encouraging one another and helping those in need.
God made us social creatures. We want to interact with other people. If a person's social life does not center around the church, he will be tempted to socialize in places with not nearly as positive an atmosphere as the church. The church gives the members plenty of opportunities to have fellowship with one another. True fellowship always includes the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. If the presence of God is not real in the fellowship, it will be nothing more than a social club.
The First Church did not need to emphasize fellowship — they formed them naturally. The reason we find it necessary to emphasize them today is that society has changed so much. To form the interpersonal connections that ought to be part of Christian churches, we need to go out of our way to establish Christian friendship/study/prayer circles.
The word, deacon, means a role in the church, generally associated with various services among theological and denominational traditions. It is derived from the Latin word diakonia, meaning "service.”
The churches function as servants of both God and the community. The Lord calls his disciples to “Love each other as I have loved you.” (John 15:12) Apostle Paul exhorts the church, “As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10)
The Christian community also serves the world around us, not only in word, but also in deeds that go with those words. God did not just speak — he also took action. Actions can demonstrate the love of God working in our hearts, as we help the poor, as we offer comfort to the discouraged, and serve the needs of the church and believers alike.
There is a variety of ways in evangelism and outreach. Evangelism is a word originated from “evangelion”, a Greek word meaning “a messenger who brings good news”. Its meaning denotes fulfillment of the Great Commission as its foremost aim. Evangelism effort is an indispensable element in every church no matter how big or where the church is. It applies Lord’s most vital demand towards all congregations, “Preach the gospel to all nations.”
Church is not just a defense wall but a frontier that moves forward. Out-reaching endeavor is strategic and compulsory not only in growing a church but sustaining the body to be truly living.
OA assists every church to discover the best fit method of evangelism and outreach according to demographics, geographical location, and characters of current members.