Worship of God
The Iglesia Ni Cristo believes that it is the whole duty of man to worship God and keep His commandments. Worship of God is man’s inherent obligation, because He created us, hence, we do not belong to ourselves but to God (Ps. 95:6-7; 100:3).
Worship of God should be done in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). God’s name should be worshipped—this is worship in spirit; and His will should be done in heaven by obeying His words—this is worship in truth (Matt. 6:9-10; John 17:17).
The Church Of Christ in these last days, or the Iglesia Ni Cristo, in Filipino (like the first-century Church Of Christ), observes the worship service which is characterized by psalms and hymn singing, prayers, studying the words of God, and offerings (I Cor. 14:26, 15; 16:2).
The Iglesia Ni Cristo performs offerings and contributions as God’s commandment that should not be forgotten and with which God is well pleased (Heb. 13:16). Every member of the Church Of Christ should give according to the dictates of the heart, for God loves a cheerful giver (II Cor. 9:7). The contributions should be prepared beforehand so that they may be voluntary and not compulsory. The faithful sets aside and keeps a certain sum proportionate to their gain or the blessings that God bestows upon them (I Cor. 16:1-2; Deut. 16:16-17).
Christ Himself highly regards the assembling together of the Church Of Christ in congregational worship services, because every time His Church congregates, He is there in their midst by means of His Spirit (Matt. 18:20; Gal. 4:6).
Congregational worship service is of extreme importance in the Church Of Christ: that is why, members are strictly forbidden to forsake it. To willfully forsake it is a grave sin (Heb. 10:25-27).