Frequently Asked Questions


Seventh Day Sabbath Keepers

Why do we observe the 7th day as the Sabbath?

  • Before there was any nation, God established the seventh day as a day of rest. He later established how man should rest on the Sabbath when he gave the Ten Commandments.  Jesus was obedient to honor God on the seventh-day Sabbath as were Paul and the other early Christians.  The scriptures do not show a change from this instruction or tell us to move the “holy day” to another day of the week.  Therefore, it is our custom to continue in the instruction of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ to “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.”  
  • and on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.  (Genesis 2:2-3).
  • Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.  In it you shall do no work...for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day.  Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. (Exodus 20:8-11) 
  • For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. (Matthew 12:8) 
  • And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: (Mark 2:27)
  • And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read (Luke 4:16)
  • And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. (Acts 18:4)

Praise & Worship

Why do we lift our hands in praise and prayer?

  • Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord.  (Psalms 134:2)
  • I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up Holy hands, without wrath and doubting.  (I Timothy 2:8)
  • Thus will I bless thee while I live:  I will lift up my hands in thy name. (Psalms 63:4)

Why do we stand when we sing?

  • And the Levites . . . stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high (II Chronicles 20:19)
  • Stand up and bless the LORD your God forever and ever; and blessed by Thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise  (Nehemiah 9:5)
  • Ye that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God, Praise the Lord; for the Lord is good: sing praises unto His name; for it is pleasant.  (Psalms 135:2-3)

Why are there musical instruments played in the worship service?

  • Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; praise Him with the psaltery and harp.  Praise Him with the timbrel and dance.  Praise Him with stringed instruments and organs.  Praise Him upon loud cymbals; praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals. (Psalms 150:3-5)

Why do we give audible praise unto God?

  • I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth  (Psalms 34:1)
  • Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me bless His holy name  (Psalms 103:1) 
  • Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. (Psalms 100:1)
  • And when they heard that, they lifted up their voices to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou are God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is (Acts 4:24) 

Why do we dance?

  • Dance is one of the many expressions of praise.  Moses’ sister, Miriam, led the women of Israel in a triumphant dance of praise to God. (Exodus 15:20).  In 2 Samuel 6:14, we are told that David danced before the Lord with all his might.  Ecclesiastes 3:4 tells us that ‘there is a time to dance’ and Psalms 149:1-5 and Psalms 150:4 encourages us to “praise God with the timbrel and dance in the congregation of saints.”

What is a ‘prayer language’ or ‘speaking in tongues’?   

  • Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. (1 Corinthians 14:39)
  • Sometimes there is a need to pray but we may not know specifically what needs to be prayed or how we should pray.  One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is the ability to speak in a special language typically reserved for times of prayer and special communion with the Holy Spirit.  One’s prayer language is unique and usually unintelligible to others.  (Romans 8:26-27) (1 Corinthians 14:14-15)
  • But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal ...To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:7 & 10)

Tithe & Offering

Why do we receive tithes and offerings?

  • This is the method through which God's Kingdom here on earth is financed. Giving to the work of God produces rewards both in this life and in heaven.  
  •  Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (Malachi 3:10)
  • Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (Luke 6:38)


Why do we pray with the laying on of hands and with Anointing oil?

  • they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover   (Mark 16:18c)  
  • Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost (Acts 8:17)
  •  Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery (1 Timothy 4:14) 
  • Is any sick among you? 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: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick , and the Lord shall raise him up ; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. (James 5:14-15)