Worship

Articles on the biblical teaching on worship as well as practical issues related to how we apply this teaching in our lives.

Physical Expression in Worship

One area in which there is a significant difference between churches is the amount of physical expression used in worship. Singing is one form of physical expression that virtually all churches practice, but apart from that how do we physically express our worship to God? There is quite a range… Continue reading

What is the focus of emotions in worship?

Scott Aniol writes about Expression vs. Impression in worship (site no longer on line). While I do not agree with everything that he says about music in worship, his articles are always thoughtful. This one is especially helpful.

Some excerpts. . .

Music that is simply about emotion… Continue reading

Mixed feelings: Emotions in Worship

Scott Aniol has written a thoughtful article on Mixed feelings regarding the place of emotion in worship. Which sorts of emotions are appropriate in worship and which are not? He gives a good list of biblical examples of the expression of emotion in worship as well as a list of… Continue reading

Holy, Holy, Holy (#3)

This is a summary of message #3 of a sermon series on worship. To listen to the entire message click here.

What do you think would happen if God in all His glory appeared right in front of you? Isaiah had an experience like that, and it left him changed forever (Isa. 6:1-7).

In the Bible whenever we are given a glimpse into God’s heavenly throne room we find it filled with worship. People in the Bible who had a close encounter with God were usually overpowered by a sense of His incredible might and all-consuming holiness (see Judges 6:21-23; Job 42:5-6; Lk. 5:8; Rev. 1:17-18). Isaiah’s response was the thought that he was probably going to be struck dead because He had seen God (v. 5). Continue reading

We Bow Down (#2)

This is a summary of message #2 of a sermon series on worship. To listen to the entire message click here.

What does it really mean to worship God? What is the essence of worship? Take a look at one of the passages in the Bible that gives us… Continue reading

The Place of Emotions in Worship

What is the place of emotions in worship? Should worship be an emotional experience? Can we trust our emotions?

Questions such as these have caused considerable debate. The worship styles at different churches run the gamut from somber, highly structured liturgical services to the wild frenzy of some Pentecostal services to the carefully choreographed “worship experience” of some seeker driven churches. Some worship services leave you exhausted from the sheer overflow of emotion while others barely register a pulse. Is it just a matter of personal preference, or does the Bible provide some guidance as to the proper place of emotions in worship? What sort of worship service is pleasing to God?

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He is Worthy! (#1)

I am currently doing a series of sermons on worship. This is a summary of message #1 in the series. This is only a summary of the key points. To listen to the entire message you can go here. (The Scripture references below include links the text of the… Continue reading

Why do you worship?

I have wanted to write on worship for quite some time. This is not going to be a long article, but I just read something from Rick Warren that I wanted to share:

If you have ever said, “I didn’t get anything out of worship today,” you worshiped for the… Continue reading

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