ENGLISH WORSHIP SERVICE: 6.45 PM to 8.00 PM (Hall B3)
TELUGU WORSHIP SERVICE - 9.00 PM to 10.30 PM (Hall B1)
We want you to visit us at the Dubai church of Christ, and we want you to feel comfortable. But we know an unfamiliar place can be intimidating. So, here's what you can expect when you honor us with a visit.
We are a part of The Restoration Movement. Our goal is to "restore" the New Testament church in our time - to determine from the Bible what the church was like in the beginning, and to be like that. We believe this is a worthy and reverent goal.
We want to be a Bible-centered church, and we try to be. Our practices are formulated by commandments, inferences, and examples given in the Bible.
We're a diverse group, coming from varied backgrounds, and at different stages of knowledge and spiritual growth.
We don't claim to know everything, but we do know that God is the source of all truth, and we strive to worship Him reverently and according to His will.
To describe how we believe, this page will walk you through a typical worship service.
The Bible, being the Word of God, is the only authority that one can follow to worship to God. Worship is an offering of sacrifice from the members of Christ's church to God. Only in the Bible does one find the acceptable pattern for worship. God has instituted one of the greatest establishments. With that established institution, He provided the guidelines and means of understanding for the members of that institution to offer an acceptable and pleasing sacrifice of worship to Him (Matthew 4:10; John 4.24).
When we come to worship service on Sunday we have 5 elements to obey strictly, we will sing, and will pray and will take the Lord’s Supper and will listen the word of God and will give the offerings for the Lord’s work in the world.
One of the unique things about churches of Christ - and something you might find strange - is that the music is a cappella. We sing without the accompaniment of musical instruments. This is a conviction with us, not just a preference. Since we are seeking to worship according to the New Testament pattern; and, since the New Testament leaves instrumental music out, we believe it's best to exclude it too (1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:18, 19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12). You might consider us narrow on this point. But we believe you will respect our reason for it, and our conviction. And we think you'll find the singing meaningful, with everyone being invited to participate.
We will conduct several prayers during the service. And we might have special prayers for specific needs and requests.
The pattern of worship is revealed in the pages of God's Word at the hands of His messengers (II Timothy 3.16). The pattern begins on the fiftieth day following the Passover Supper; the day is Pentecost--a Sunday, following the Sabbath Day. One this particular day of Pentecost, Peter stood up and quieted a crowd of people gathered from every nation under the heavens (Acts 2). After preaching the first sermon of the resurrected Christ, about three thousand souls were added to the church that very day (Acts 2.38-44). "And they continued in the apostles doctrine...from house to house" (Acts 2:45). We see that teaching is part of worship.
Teaching God's Word the Dubai church of Christ emphasizes the importance of a working knowledge of the Bible for all members. The Bible teachers at Dubai Church strive for excellence in their classes. They study God's Word and prepare their lessons well to bring the message of New Testament Christianity to the students. Often engaged in lively discussions, teachers guide their students to a better understanding of biblical teaching and of the application of these principles in our everyday lives. At Dubai Church we have Bible classes for all ages at our Preachers School at Zabel Ali, Dubai. Why not join us as we strive to learn more about God's word and His will for us?
At the close of the sermon, the preacher will extend an invitation. This is simply an expedient time to invite those who need to do so to make a commitment or request prayers of forgiveness and support.
The preacher will encourage those who wish to respond to come to the front of the auditorium while the congregation sings a hymn.
Don't feel ill-at-ease during this invitation. You will not be singled out in any way.
There may be several who respond, or none. Some might respond for baptism, some to confess sins, or some to ask for prayer for a specific need.
If anyone responds for baptism, you will witness the baptism during the service. The baptism will be by immersion (Acts 8:35-39; Romans 6:3,4; Colossians 2:12), and it will be for remission of sins (Acts 2:38).
If you visit on a Sunday, the Lord's Supper will be included in the service. Churches of Christ observe this memorial every first day of the week.
Again, the reason for this observance is our desire to follow New Testament teaching. The first century church celebrated this observance on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
During this memorial, plates containing unleavened bread will be passed. The bread symbolizes the body of Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:23-25). Each Christian will break off a piece of the bread and eat it.
Next, trays filled with small cups will be distributed. The cups will contain the "fruit of the vine" (grape juice) to symbolize the blood of Jesus. Each Christian will drink the contents of one of the cups.
If you choose not to participate, don't be embarrassed. Feel free to just pass the plate or tray to the person next to you
Also, if you visit on Sunday morning, we will pass plates to collect the weekly financial offering (1 Corinthians 16:1,2).
As our guest, you are not expected to make a donation. Feel perfectly comfortable in just passing the collection plate on down the row.
Nothing at all! You are welcome to participate, but don't feel obligated to do so - just observe, if that is your choice.
We would love for you to stay after worship services for a few minutes, if you can. We would enjoy getting to know you.
A faithful team committed to glorifying God, serving through love and sharing Christ with our World