1) SEEK TO PLEASE GOD
(2 Corinthians 5:9) Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.
2) SEEK TO GLORIFY GOD
(1 Corinthians 10:31) Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
3) BY HIS ENABLEMENT
(John 15:5) I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
(Eph. 5:18) And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.
(Heb. 13:15) By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
(1 Peter 4:11) If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
4) BE SCRIPTURAL
(Col. 3:16) Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
5) BE SUBMISSIVE/YIELDED/SACRIFICIAL
(Rom. 12:1-2) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
(Heb. 13:15-16) By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. note
16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
(2 Sam. 24:24) ...neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing...
6) BE HUMBLE
(1 Peter 5:5) Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
7) WITH THANKFULNESS
(Col. 3:15,17) And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
17. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
(Eph. 5:20) Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
8) WITH GRACE
(Col. 3:16) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Compare "grace" in Col. 4:6)
(Heb. 12:28) Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
9) IN THE FEAR OF GOD
(Eph. 5:21) Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
(Heb. 12:28) Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
10) BE COOPERATIVE
(Phil. 2:13-14) For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings.
11) BE ENTHUSIASTIC FROM THE HEART
(Col. 3:23) And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.
(Eph. 6:6) Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.
(Eph. 5:19) Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.
(Col. 3:16) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
12) NOT MEN-PLEASERS
(Gal. 1:10) For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
13) NOT IN THE FLESH
(Rom. 8:8) So then, they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
14) IN THE NAME OF THE LORD
(Col. 3:17) And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
15) DECENTLY AND IN ORDER
(1 Cor. 14:33) For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
(1 Cor. 14:40) Let all things be done decently and in order.
16) TEXTS AND MUSIC TESTED AND PROVEN
(1 Thess. 5:21) Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
(Eph. 5:10) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
(1 Cor. 14:15) What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding [literally the mind] also.
18) BY FAITH
(Heb. 11:6) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
19) NOT A STUMBLING BLOCK TO OTHERS
(Rom. 14:13) Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
(1 Cor. 8:9) But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
20) UNTO EDIFICATION OF THE ASSEMBLY
1 Cor. 14:12) Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
(1 cor. 14:26) How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.