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Essentials of Worship
About this Class
These days the American church is embroiled in the "Worship Wars." Hymns or choruses? Loud or soft? Dancing or sitting still? Perpetual music or periods of silence? The War will never be settled as long as it is about personal musical tastes.
Dr. Gary Parrett shows us that Worship is the process of God's revelation and our appropriate, faithful response. We invite you to listen to this series of lay lectures to learn more about what worship truly is and how we might implement his practical suggestions in our own churches.
Misconceptions and definitions
Revelation and Response. Worship is our faithful response to God's gracious revelation.
Individual and community; the importance of lifestyle worship; individual and corporate worship
Worship requires participation
Worship requires participation of our entire being; substance over style
When we worship as a community, we are participating in something larger than ourselves
Preferring one another; worship is about God, who is subject and object
Key Old and New Testament passages on worship
Practical applications of the eleven principles
More practical applications
You can download these lectures with our app and listen to them offline (more information).
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the programs intended for?
The Foundations program is intended for everyone, regardless of biblical knowledge. The Academy program is intended for those who would like more advanced studies. And the Institute program is intended for those who want to study seminary-level classes.
Do I need to take the classes in a specific order?
In the Foundations and Academy programs, we recommend taking the classes in the order presented, as each subsequent class will build on material from previous classes. In the Institute program, the first 11 classes are foundational. Beginning with Psalms, the classes are on specific books of the Bible or various topics.
Do you offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program?
At this time, we offer certificates only for the classes on the Certificates page. While we do not offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program, you will be better equipped to study the Bible and apply its teachings to your life.