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Sowing the Seed Series
Class 13 Ė Hand Clapping

I.              From the beginning God has always been serious about His worship

A.   God ≠≠≠rejected Cainís offering from the ground (Gen 4:3-5)

                                          i.    Abelís was accepted because he offered it by faith (Heb 11:4)

B.   Cainís works are described as evil (1 John 3:12)

                                          i.    Not worshipping by Godís rules results in evil works

C.   Godís worship today must also be in spirit and in truth (John 4:24)

                                          i.    Otherwise it is manís doctrine being used (Matt 5:19, Col 2:23)

II.            Hand clapping as percussion

A.   The purpose of percussion is to provide the rhythm

                                          i.    There is no difference in beating an animal skin or human skin

B.   Clapping goes in the category of playing not singing

                                          i.    We see reference to music seven times in worship to God and the word play is never used (Matt 26:30, Acts 16:25, etc)

C.   Arguments

                                          i.    It was practiced in the Old Testament

1.    Clapping is used 9 times and not 1 of them is in worship

2.    The occasion is usually joyful and connected with celebrating (2 Kings 11:12, Psalm 98:8, Psalm 47:1)

                                        ii.    It is natural for humans to do this

1.    It is natural for humans to sleep so should we do it?

                                       iii.    Our worship needs to be fresh

1.    This makes the standard come from man and not God

2.    We cannot judge someoneís worship by looking at them

                                       iv.    It is not expressly forbidden in scripture

1.    This is the same argument used with instruments

2.    Silence is prohibitive (Lev 10:1-2)

III.           Hand clapping as applause

A.   Arguments

                                          i.    It is the same as saying ďamenĒ

1.    We have authority to say ďamenĒ (1 Cor 14:16)

a.    ďAmenĒ elevates the message

b.    Clapping elevates the speaker

                                        ii.    Worship is to be both horizontal and vertical (Eph 5:19)

1.    This is about mutual edification as worship is focused on God

a.    Clapping does not edify in any way

IV.          Hand clapping at baptisms

A.   While it may not be sin, it is very unwise

                                          i.    We are borrowing something from the entertainment industry

                                        ii.    Baptism is symbolic of death as is the Lordís Supper

1.    We shouldnít be tempted to clap at the cross