Saying “Amen” During the Sermon

Saying “Amen” During the Sermon. Bible Question.

Question:

“We have a new member at our congregation who is constantly saying, ‘Amen’, during the sermon. I have no problem with this, but some in the congregation have expressed concern, saying it seems denominational. I have not been able to find a scriptural reference for or against this practice. Can you shed some light on it?”

Answer:

To say, “Amen”, is to agree. The word simply means, “let it be so”. It is a simple method of expressing agreement. We finish our prayers with “amen” as a way of expressing confidence that God will hear our prayers and act on it as we have requested. “Amen” simply means “I agree”. Can we say “Amen” during an assembly? Notice what Moses told the children of Israel do . . .

‘Cursed is the man who makes an idol or a molten image, an abomination to the Lord, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret.’ And all the people shall answer and say, ‘Amen.’Deuteronomy 27:15 (New American Standard Bible)

Moses goes on to describe another 11 things that the entire congregation was to say “Amen” to. That is, the body of believers in the Old Testament were encouraged to respond verbally with agreement when the words of the law were read or spoken. A similar pattern is revealed in Paul’s discussion of worship in 1 Corinthians 14 . . .

So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer,say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since they do not know what you are saying? You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified.” – 1 Corinthians 14:15 – 17

Paul says that our worship should be understood by others. If they cannot understand our words, our songs, our prayers, how can they say the “Amen”? That is, the people who assembled to worship were expected to respond to prayers of the worshipers with some sort of verbal agreement.

From this I believe it is a good thing to say you agree with the sermon, or the prayer, or a particular song. Discretion must be used that your response not be rude or disruptive. Our worship should be conducted “properly and in an orderly manner” (1 Corinthians 14:40). . .

“What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.” – 1 Corinthians 14:26

Whatever is done in the assembly of the church for worship should be done to build up the body of believers. That would include saying, “amen”. I believe it is a good thing, but discretion should be used that it not interfere with the worship, but edify the body.

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Family Time

If you are a parental figure, consider and answer these 7 questions. . .

1. How hard is it for you to set aside “family time”? What have you found to be most helpful to make sure your family gets priority time?

2. Today. Right now. How can you better serve your children?

  • Spending more time with them?
  • Giving them your undivided attention?
  • Giving them more affection?
  • Blessing them with special meals and other fun/meaningful occasions?

3. How could you get your children more involved in planning and celebrating family traditions? Are there ways you could enhance the spiritual dimension of your traditions?

4. How can you formally (e. g. family devotions) and informally (e. g. throughout your daily routine) communicate to your children the lasting values of who God is and what He has done?

5. What was the best vacation your family ever took? How can you begin planning a vacation that will honor the Lord by producing great memories for your children?

6. How regularly do you  go to (participate in) worship services as a family? What’s the most and least positive aspect of your family’s church involvement?

7. What can you do (as a parent) to make your family’s church (or worship) experience – and your children’s feelings about it – better?

Trusting God When I Feel Used (Romans 15:1 – 7)

Trusting God When I Feel Used. – Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.

Have you ever felt taken advantage of by others? Could it be that you were called upon because you had an ability that others lacked? Does that change your feelings of resentment?

  • Study Romans 15:1 – 7.
  • Choose the best answer (or answers) to the 8 questions that follow.
  • The answers are given at the end of this blog entry.

We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”

– Romans 15:1 – 7 (New International Version)

1. The strong in faith should help

a) those they judge to be worthy

b) themselves to God’s blessings

c) the spiritually weak

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2. A Christian’s motivation for being used by God should be

a) to prove we’re strong

b) for the good of the believer

c) because Jesus did

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3. According to these verses even Christ did not

a) try to get people to follow Him

b) live just to please Himself

c) want to be used by God

d) let people monopolize His time

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4. The purpose of helping the weak is

a) to whip them into shape

b) to encourage them

c) to be like Christ

d) to illustrate survival of the fittest

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5. The phrase in verse 3, “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me”  (taken from Psalm 69:9) means

a) those who insulted God took it out on Jesus

b) the writer of this psalm was sorry he insulted God

c) people who insult people are the loneliest people in the world

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6. One purpose of the Scriptures, according to this passage, is to

a) explain prayer

b) defend Jewish tradition

c) explain creation

d) teach us to have hope

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7. God offers endurance and encouragement and gives a spirit of

a) diversity

b) unity

c) festivity

d) perplexity

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8. Accepting each other

a) means always agreeing on everything

b) refers only to believers of high standing in the church

c) brings praise to God

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Like the Christians at Rome in Paul’s day, we sometimes feel used by those who lack spiritual maturity. We must realize that we have the strength to help others, the endurance to achieve a common goal, and the grace to accept others as Jesus does. Take advantage of the opportunities to voluntarily be used by God to serve others.

Answers:

1. C

2. B and C

3. B

4. B and C

5. A

6. D

7. B

8. C

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