Frequently Asked Questions

We hope that the following list of FAQs in combination with our website as a whole will be able to answer a good deal of your questions about Calvary Alameda. If you should have a question that is not on this list and you would like to speak with a member of our staff, feel free to contact us.

Why do we clap and lift our hands?

These are two forms of praise mentioned frequently in the Bible. Listed more than fifty times in Psalms, the word translated "praise", actually means to extend the hands in praise.
"Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries ofjoy."
— Psalm 47:1
"I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands."
— Psalm 63:4

Why do we praise the Lord out loud?

"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs."
— Psalm 100:1-2

Why do we pray in Tongues and English?

"For if I pray in an unknown tongue my spirit prays but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the understanding also."
— I Corinthians 14:14-15
"I would that you all speak with tongues."
— I Corinthians 14:5

Why do we sing as we do?

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God."
— Colossians 3:16

What is Prophecy and how is it used?

Prophecy is an utterance from God in an understood language. "Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort."
— I Corinthians 14:1, 3

Why is there speaking and interpretations of tongues in the church?

Speaking in tongues is a supernatural utterance by the Holy Spirit in a language never learned orunderstood by the speaker. Interpretation of tongues is the Holy Spirit giving the meaning of an utterance in tongues. "Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good . . . to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues."
— I Corinthians 12:7, 10
"Therefore, my brothers... do not forbid speaking in tongues."
— I Corinthians 14:39

Why are musical instruments a part of the worship service?

"Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him withtambourine and dancing, praise Him with the strings and flute, praise Him with the clash of cymbals..."
— Psalm 150:3-5

Why does the whole church pray at once for specific needs?

"Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven."
— Matthew 18:19

Why do we pray for the sick and anoint with oil?

"Is any of you sick? You should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned he will be forgiven."
— James 5:14-15

Why do we practice laying on ofhands?

"And these signs shall follow those who believe: In my Name they shall…lay hands on the sick, and theyshall recover."
— Mark 16:18
"Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any who were sick with various diseases, brought them unto Him; and He laid His hands on everyone of them, and healed them."
— Luke 4:40

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