|Preaching from the Bible||Matt. 26:13; Mk. 16:15; Acts 9:20; 2 Tim. 4:2; Acts 20:8, 17:10; 1 Cor. 14:28||Structure in which the church meets||Acts 20:8, 17:10; 1 Cor. 14:28|
|Reading the Word of God||Mk. 4:16-20; Acts 13:15; 1 Tim. 4:13; Rev. 1:13; Acts 1:13, 16:13; 1 Cor. 11:20||Location at which the church meets||Acts 1:13, 16:13; 1 Cor. 11:20|
|Meeting on the Lord's day||Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2; Rev. 1:10; Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:18||Time at which the church meets||Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:18|
|Administration of sacraments||Matt. 28:19; Matt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:24-25||Clothing worn to worship||1 Cor. 11:13-15; Deut. 22:5|
|Hearing the Word of God||Lu. 2:46; Acts 8:31; Rom. 10:41; Jas. 1:22; Lu. 4:20; Acts 20:9||Type of seating provided||Luke 4:20; Acts 20:9|
|Prayer to God||Matt. 6:9; 1 Thess. 5:17; Heb. 13:18; Phil. 4:6; Jas. 1:5; 1 Cor. 11:13-15; Deut. 22:5|
|The singing of Psalms||1 Chron. 16:9; Ps. 95:1-2; Ps. 105:2; 1 Cor. 14:26; Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16|
Note that everything in the left column must be learned from the Word of God. Everything in the right column is a circumstance common to everyone who lives in God's universe. Worship ordinances are limited in number by divine revelation. Worship circumstances are virtually infinite in number, being based on the common agreement of men guided by "Christian prudence." Because man is created in the image of God and must live and function in God's created reality (the universe), he must live and function in accordance with that reality. People do not need explicit instructions from the Bible to know to put on a jacket when it is five degrees outside. But men do need clear instructions from the Bible on how to approach the infinitely holy God. The regulative principle of worship is taught throughout the Bible. What follows is an examination of the many passages in Scripture which prove that whatever is not commanded in Scripture in the worship of God is forbidden. Worship ordinances must be based specifically on what God says, not on human opinion or tradition.