The Lord Jesus Expects And Requires Us To Give. Jesus said to His disciples, "when you give" not "if you give" (Matthew 6:2)! Hence, Christian giving is not optional, but rather essential.
We often hear people say: "in the Old Testament they had to give, but not in the New - now we only give if we want to." This is clearly not Jesus' teaching. He expected all His followers to be givers. Christians will give. Are you giving?
The Lord Jesus Wants Us To Give For The Right Reasons. Jesus warned His disciples not to give for the sake of being admired by men. "Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them," He said (Matthew 6:1).
When we give, we must be careful to examine our motives. We ought to give for the glory of God and the good of His people. We must desire His approval of our giving, rather than the praise and admiration of people. Are you giving for God's praise or man's?
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We know that Jesus and the apostles sang hymns (Matt. 26:30, Acts 16:25).
Christians are instructed to sing to one another and to the Lord. We are to sing "psalms and hymns and spiritual songs" (Eph. 5:19). No Christian is excused from this command, whether a talented singer or not (Psm. 100:1-2).
The music of congregational singing in the first century church was vocal only. "A cappella," which means singing without instrumental accompaniment, comes from Latin for "at church." Though we find musical instruments mentioned in the Old Testament, there is not a single New Testament reference to anything but vocal music in worship.
Historical sources indicate that instrumental music did not appear in worship until about the sixth century.
Since mechanical instruments of music cannot speak, teach, or admonish (Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16), they do not accomplish anything God wishes when we sing in worship. We should not permit the use of instrumental music as a form of worship, because this practice was not found in the early church nor has it been authorized by God.
Unless we pattern our worship after the instructions given to the first century church, we can have no assurance that God approves of our worship