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Worship is described in both the Old and New Testaments and requires active participation.


Key Aspects of Worship

Part 2

IV.  Biblical Terms for Worship

A.  Old Testament

1.  Shachah - "bowing down"

2.  'avad - "service"

B.  New Testament

1.  Proskuneo - "bowing down"

2.  Latreuo - "service"

C.  What does it mean to "bow down?"

D.  Submission, humility, and service must go together.


V.  Definitions of Worship

A.  Bowing down of all that we are before all that God is.

B.  Our faithful response to God's gracious revelation


VI.  Worship requires participation; it is not a "spectator sport."

A.  The Korean phrase - "watching worship"

B.  Worshipers are called to be active.

C.  Scripture texts

1.  1 Corinthians 14:26

2.  2 Corinthians 1:20; 1 Corinthians 14:16

3.  Ephesians 5:18-21

4.  Psalms

5.  Colossians 3:16


VII.  Worship involves participation of the entire person.

A.  Our spirits - "deep calls unto deep" - John 4:24

B.  Our minds

C.  Our will

D.  Our emotions

1.  The use of silence

2.  Hymns and praise choruses

E.  Our bodies


VIII.  When we worship in community our concerns for individual freedom and self-expression must be balanced with a sensitivity to fellow worshipers.

IX.  The substance of our worship is always more important than the style or form of our worship.


X.  Our response includes the element of offering or giving.

A.  Old Testament

1.  Cain and Abel

2.  David

3.  Psalm 116

4.  Micah 6

B.  New Testament

1.  Our whole being (Romans 12:1)

2.  Sacrifice of praise

3.  Financial giving (Philippians 4:14-19)

4.  Tabitha (Acts 9:32ff)

5.  Cornelius (Acts 10:2ff)

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