Music in Worship: A Mennonite Perspective by Bernie Neufeld

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Do we give the appearance of freedom, and yet in reality rein in the Spirit and put things into our own order? Charismatic Anabaptism Anabaptism of sixteenth-century Europe was a Spirit movement. Anabaptist worship was charismatic, Spirit-inspired, and Spirit-energized. Its principles of practice were delineated in 1 Corinthians 14, just as we discussed above. Contributing to worship was every participant's responsibility. Each brought a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, or a prayer. People came prepared to take part.

Jesus is here! " And so we see that the New Testament is a rich resource. It reveals much depth, though the evidence is fragmentary, about the worship of early Christian communities. It gives us words for worship. It evokes for us the spirit and ethos of worship. It gives advice and points to worship goals. We've considered three assertions about Jesus that the early Christians joyfully made. These assertions can serve as sight lines or landmarks to steer us as we worship. Jesus is Messiah. Let's tell the great story of God, the saga of redemption and hope, and interpret our own time in its light.

May give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him" (Eph.  . who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing" (Eph.  . Father of mercies and the God of all consolation" (2 Cor. ). We have references to baptism, six times in the book of Acts, though no descriptions of the rite. " The Gospel of John records Jesus' disconcerting action of washing his disciples' feet and his instructions that they were to do the same to one another. Unlike other rites, this one is described in some detail.

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