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    Participatory Worship

    by Stephen Atkerson

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    Did Jesus intend church services to be a spectator sport? Have you ever wondered why believers in modern-day church services are so passive? Why they don’t participate in the service? Why church is like going to a show and sitting as a spectator? Why does the laity rarely get to spontaneously exercise their God-given gifts in a meeting in order to edify their brothers and sisters?

    Course Outcomes: 

    When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

    • Understand what a first-century scriptural church meeting looked like

    • Understand why a first-century scriptural church meeting did not consist merely of a sermon soliloquy

    • Understand how first-century Christians mutually edified each other at church

    • Know the purpose of coming together for church

    • Know the things that are not edifying for church meetings

    • Know what you can contribute to your regular church meetings

    • Understand that the order of a first-century scriptural church meeting was not scripted in advance


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    After you complete viewing the materials and posting your reflections, there is a feedback quiz. The quiz will help evaluate the effectiveness of the mini-course.

    Content Provider:

    This course is provided by NTRF - Small Churches, BIG Impact!

    "For over twenty-five years, we have provided church leaders in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania with resources and training in how the early church met together in community. The essential tenets of the faith to which we subscribe are identical to those found in the doctrinal statements of any sound evangelical institution. Our favorite statement of faith is the First London Baptist Confession of 1646. In short, we advocate historic, orthodox Christianity poured into the wineskin of New Testament church practice as seen on the pages of Scripture. Our goal is to be Christ honoring and thoroughly biblical in every area concerning our church life."

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