The Old Union Church of Christ is simply a New Testament church and we therefore pattern our worship according to the New Testament. We seek Biblical authority for all that we believe and practice. We embrace the Biblical plea for unity (John 17:20-21). We therefore preach the one Lord, one faith, one baptism (Ephesians 4:5) which is the only basis for unity. We believe Jesus Christ has the first and last word in all matters of religion and therefore believe in the essentials of faith as taught by Him: Faith - Hebrews 11:6; Repentance - Acts 17:30; Confession - Matthew 10:32,33 and Baptism - Mark 16:15,16, Acts 2:38 as the requirements for entrance into the Lord's body (Galatians 3:26,27).
Since we seek Biblical authority for what we practice, our worship consists only of those elements that were and are a part of the New Testament church. We sing, pray, partake of the Lord's supper, preach God's Word and give of our means.
Singing is to speak, teach and admonish (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16) Singing is to be done with the whole heart (Ephesians 5:19; I Corinthians 14:15). Singing is a very inspirational part of our worship to God. Since the New Testament instructs Christians to sing, we encourage everyone to participate. There is no authority for the use of instruments, selective choirs or soloists in the New Testament. God said sing, so we sing. We are seeking to worship according to the New Testament pattern.
The word prayer means "a pouring out". Prayer is a very significant part of our worship. Public prayers are to be understandable, fervant, reverent and with God's will in mind (I Corinthians 14:15). We pray to God (Matthew 6:9ff) in the name of Jesus (John 14:12; I Timothy 2:5).
The Lord's Supper is included in our worship every first day of the week. Christians are to remember the Lord's body and blood through the Lord's Supper (Acts 20:7). This is a simple memorial that Jesus Himself instituted (I Corinthians 11:23-29). We remember the sacrifice made by our Saviour.
Expounding upon the Word of God is an essential part of worship. Paul told Timothy to "preach the Word" (II Timothy 4:2). The lesson must be Bible-centered, the Word must not be compromised (II Timothy 3:16,17).
GIVING OF OUR MEANS:
The New Testament church supported goods works through the giving of its members (I Corinthians 16:1-3). God did not instruct Christians on a specific amount or percentage to give, He rather instructed Christians to give as they have prospered (I Corinthians 16:2) and to give cheerfully and lovingly (II Corinthians 9:7).