Praise & Worship Service

 Sunday morning - 10 am

Our praise and worship times at Word of Life Church seek to praise and worship Jesus Christ our King of kings and Lord of lords.  We are given the gift of God's presence as we enter His courts with praise.  Come and experience the Living God yourself.

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The Nature Of Worship

First we must consider the subject of music in worship in its proper context as it involves music in worship.  Worship brings glory to God not only through the songs of the worshiper but also through the life of the worshiper.  We see this in Hebrews 13:15-16:

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.  Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

This passage defines worship both in terms of praise on the lips and good works in the life.  In the New Testament, worship is expressed not only in terms of the singing of praise but also as mission (Rom. 15:16), giving (Phil. 4:18), and any faithful act of obedience in the life of a believer (Rom. 12:1-2, 14:13-15; Ps. 95; Cor. 10:31).

Jesus tells us what kind of worship God requires:
True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.  God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. – John 4:23-24.

As individuals and as a church, we must evaluate our personal and corporate worship in light of this truth in order to be certain we are “true worshipers.”  Worship in spirit and truth is required by God as the only worship He will receive.

WORSHIP IN SPIRIT

“Worship in spirit” is worship that engages the spirit, or heart, of a person.  True worship flows from a person’s inner dimension and involves the intellect, the emotions, and the volition:

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name! – Psalm 103:1

My heart overflows with a pleasing theme. - Psalm 45:1

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.  Psalm 51:17

In contrast to worship “in spirit”, worship that is merely external is rejected by God throughout Scripture (Is. 1:13-15, 29:13; Jer. 7:9-10; Mat. 15:7-9).  Our corporate worship must be devoid of all such hypocrisy, deceit, or pretense.  Worship “in spirit” will be characterized by earnest, sincere, authentic, and passionate expressions of love and adoration for God.

WORSHIP IN TRUTH

“Worship in truth” is worship that occurs in response to God’s gracious revelation of himself in both creation (general revelation) and His Word (special revelation).  True worship cannot occur apart from an understanding of who God is (Acts 17:23), and thus worship must conform to the truth of God’s Word.  Corporate worship must be evaluated in the light of Scripture to enable “worship in truth”.  Worship that is saturated in Scripture helps guard the worshiper from unworthy or errant thoughts and helps direct him to the object of worship, God himself.