“What worship style do you use?” “Do you prefer traditional or contemporary worship?” “Is worship for us or for God?” Professing believers of various nationalities, denominations, and associations have begun asking the question, “What is worship?” and “What worship style do you use?”
For a Christian, every decision should have a scriptural, theological basis as its foundation.
What is Worship?
All of the controversy over what worship really is has driven believers to ask this very important question: What is worship? It is very important that we develop a sound, biblical definition of what it means to worship.
In order to do so, we must go to the Scriptures.
Nehemiah 8.1-6 “So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly. He read it aloud from daybreak till noon. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law. Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.”
1. Lifestyle Worship: Therefore, is not confined to Sunday morning. All of life should be worship. Every act, thought, and attitude of a Christian should be a response to truth about God. This is expressed throughout the New Testament: Romans 12.1 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God: this is your spiritual act of worship.”
2. Private Worship: This is when a believer spends dedicated personal time with the Lord in His Word and in prayer. As a believer studies the Word of God, the Holy Spirit will illumine him as to the significance of that Scripture to his life, and he should respond accordingly.
3. Congregational Worship: Is the gathering of Gods people in order to corporately worship Him as His people. This form of worship is clearly commanded and exemplified in Scripture: Psalm 149.1 “Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.”
Conclusion: It is our prayer that your personal preference or taste is not the primary criterion. Our Methodology of Congregational Worship comes from our understanding the Word of God.