What Is WORSHIP?

Posted: August 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

What Is Worship

WHAT IS WORSHIP?

Worship is any activity in which believers experience God in a meaningful, spiritually transforming way. It leads worshipers to a deeper appreciation for God, a better understanding of His ways, and a deeper commitment to Him. Worship brings us face-to-face with our Creator and draws us closer to His image. As Acts 2:46-47 relates: 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. The most recognized and obvious act of worship is a church service. In the twenty-first century, worship has a wider range of meaning than ever before. We’re in the midst of rediscovering and redefining contemporary worship. We have to be careful not to let genuine, heartfelt worship get lost in the glitz of popular entertainment. This isn’t to say contemporary approaches to worship are wrong or that you shouldn’t try new things. You can have an authentic worship experience that’s pleasing to God whether your pulpit is pine or Plexiglas™. But the spirit of worship has to be there. Nothing about church today has been analyzed and changed and worried over as much as worship. However, true worship doesn’t depend on form. Worship is only possible in a disciple’s heart. How we live for Christ and how He transforms us daily is the key to worship. What we bring in is more central than what we leave with. Effective worship meets the spiritual needs of believers while at the same time attracting and including unbelievers. It comes from the commands of God in Scripture and the grateful hearts of the redeemed, who long to come before the Lord to praise Him and acknowledge His presence in their lives. While worship styles can be adjusted for personal, cultural, or practical reasons, the Bible gives us specific instructions about what all worship should be. God is in charge of worship, and He expects us to worship Him as He directs. Worship must be guided by leaders who are believers, have a kingdom focus, understand the culture and context of the worshipers, are themselves being transformed by the worship experience, and believe that God seeks those who worship Him in spirit and truth. Old Testament worship tended to focus on celebrating religious festivals, the ark of the covenant, sacrifices, and the Sabbath. In the New Testament the emphasis clearly moves to a personal relationship with Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, giving Christians a new dimension in worship.

Article taken from The Book: The Kingdom Focused Church:

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