The River
Frequently Asked Questions about Spirit-Filled Worship

Why do some people lift their hands during worship?

Psalm 63:4 So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.
1 Timothy 2:8 I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands.
Psalm 134:2 Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord!

Why do some people shout to the Lord?

Psalm 98:4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
Psalm 47:1 Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
Revelation 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”

Why do some people dance or jump when they praise the Lord?

Psalm 149:3 Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!
Psalm 150:4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!
2 Samuel 6:14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might.

Why are there occasional messages in unknown tongues that are interpreted?

1 Corinthians 12:7, 10 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good… to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
1 Corinthians 14:13 Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret.
1 Corinthians 14:39 So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.

Why does the leadership anoint with oil when praying for people?

James 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
Mark 6:13 And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.
Mark 16:18 they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.

Does each person who attends need to do the above in order to participate at The River?

Absolutely not! Participate at your own level and feel welcomed and loved.