How do you behave in the house of God?
That’s a million question that may be not lend itself to an easy answer at first. However, you would remember that God specifically warned Christians in 1 Timothy 3 to behave appropriately in the church.
“…that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” 1 Timothy 3:14-16.
Below are gold rules of etiquette expected of anyone who is in the church:
Coming to church is your regular opportunity to enter into worship, pray, give offerings, receive teaching and preaching, and interact with people of like precious faith. It is a safe assumption that none of these things happen when you do not come to church. Never let church attendance become optional for you. You should not have to make a decision each Sunday whether or not you are attending church. Once you think of church attendance as optional, you diminish its importance in your life. It means that you take back more of the control of your life from the hands of God.
If you can be on time, you should be. Coming in late distracts others from worship, especially visitors. If you can be on time for work, school and appointments, you can be on time for church
Imagine going to the doctor’s office and seeing an old friend in the waiting room. You strike up a conversation with them and enjoy rehashing old times. The nurse calls your name and says that the doctor is ready to see you. What do you say? “I’ll be with you in a minute. I’m talking right now.” Yet, people come to church and immediately jump into conversations that last long after the service begins. Before service, you should head to the prayer room to prepare your heart to receive the Word of God. Never forget the real reason you have come to church. I’ll admit, it is easy to become distracted by close friends, but if you fail to fulfill the purpose for church, you will soon lose your reason for coming.
The Bible teaching on modesty in dress applies everywhere you go in public, not just in church. In church, however, we should dress in accordance with the purpose of worshipping God and with the dignity and reverence it suggests. Look your best, wear clean and appropriate clothing and don’t dress to call attention to yourself in some outlandish way. Why? Because anything that takes the attention and focus away from God and puts it on yourself is contrary to the purpose of a church service.
Adjust your attitude
A critical, complaining, murmuring, negative attitude is counterproductive to the spirit of the service. Insincere, jocular, sacreligious and profane attitudes are out of place in church. Belligerence, hateful remarks, arguing, will hurt the service and drive people away.
Greet one another
When you come to church, have a smile on your face. Shake hands with people. Say “Praise the Lord” or some other positive greeting. Do not be sullen, withdrawn or rude to others. Some people treat their pets better than they treat the saints of God. The Bible teaches us to be friendly, loving and kind to each other.
Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh. When you talk to people, you give away the musings and meditations of your heart. If you always talk about carnal subjects, bad news, personal gripes, pet peeves and the daily grind, you are not edifying others. Do your best to lift people up and encourage them. When service is in progress, do not carry on a conversation, or stand out in the lobby and talk while service is going on. You are not receiving anything from the service and you are preventing the other person from getting anything as well.
We come to church services for two primary reasons: to worship and to hear the Word of God. I can preach to you but I cannot worship for you. Participation in worship is essential to your spiritual wellbeing. Sing. If you don’t know the words, learn them. If you can’t carry a tune, sing softly. Whatever you do, if you just stand there, you are not worshipping nor are you magnifying God. Show some kind of demonstration. Raising your hands, clapping, shouting, dancing in the Spirit, kneeling, coming forward all show that you are engaged in worship.
I fear that many of us have forgotten how to enter into corporate prayer. We sometimes take more time with prayer requests than we do with prayer.
Attentiveness in church means paying attention. Use the restroom before you come into the service. Continual walking in and out of a service is distracting to the speaker, aggravating to others in the service, and disruptive to the spirit of the service. The absolute worst time to walk out of a service is during the preaching or during the altar service.
The altar is a very sacred place and people are in an extremely sensitive mood when they come for the first time, or when they come for a renewing or refreshing. Inappropriate touching, rubbing or massaging is distractive to many and some are offended by it.
Culled from jonathanjordan.squarespace.com
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