Worship

Worship is an important work of each individual Christian and also of the Church as a group. Worship is the act of showing God extreme reverence and adoration through various authorized acts of worship. The modern definition of worship is as follows:
 
Worship: reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred (Dictionary.com).
 
The original Greek word for worship, Proskuneo, carries with it the idea of bowing yourself towards or kissing towards the divine in a demonstration of the utmost respect and awe.
 
True worship has taken different forms throughout the history of mankind. In the Old Testament, worship often involved the offering of animal sacrifices to God (Genesis 8:20-22; Leviticus 7:11-15; Leviticus 9:3-4; Leviticus 23:19; Numbers 6:14; 1 Chronicles 29:20-21; 2 Chronicles 7:4-5). The worship of the Old Testament also involved many ceremonies and memorials, including the observation of the Passover, Pentecost, and the Sabbath Day. Today’s worship, the worship of the New Testament, takes on a much simpler form.
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Prayer
As the Creator of the universe, God has the right to be worshiped in the way that He wants to be worshiped. For worship to be acceptable to God, it must follow the prescript presented in John 4:23-24:
 
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the 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.”
 
From this passage we see that true worship must be done with the proper attitude, in the appropriate spirit. Worship is not meant to be offered in a mindless and ritualistic manner. True worship should actively engage the heart of the worshiper. If worship is not accompanied by a real passion for God, it cannot be deemed true worship, even if the worship was offered “in truth.”
The passage in John 4 also shows us that true worship must be done in the correct manner, based on the truth of God’s Word. What does the New Testament tell us about how we are to worship our God?
 
The Bible shows us when we are to worship God through the example of the first century Christians. Worship must be offered on the first day of every week, Sunday (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2). This is the minimum God requires of His people. God does not, however, forbid us from worshiping on other days of the week; He simply requires that we at least spend time in worship on the first day of each week. Any additional periods of private or public worship can be offered at the discretion of the individual Christian or the Elders of a particular congregation.
 
The Bible also tells us how to worship God. In the New Testament, five approved acts of worship can be found: partaking of the Lord’s Supper, singing, praying, teaching, and giving.
Congregational Singing
 
 
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  • Observing the Lord’s Supper: Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:17-26; Luke 22:14-23; Acts 2:42; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 10:16-21; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
  • Singing: Matthew 26:30; Acts 16:25; Romans 15:9; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 13:15; James 5:13
  • Praying: Acts 2:42; Philippians 1:9-11; Colossians 1:9; Colossians 3:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; 1 Timothy 2:8; Hebrews 4:16; James 4:2; James 5:16
  • Teaching: Acts 2:42; Acts 5:39-42; 2 Timothy 2:2; 2 Timothy 4:1-4; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Peter 2:2; 1 Peter 3:15
  • Giving: Matthew 6:1-2; Acts 4:32-37; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8:5; 2 Corinthians 8:8-9; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

 

Offering worship with anything more or less than these five acts cannot be considered worshiping “in truth." The worship will be rejected by God (Revelation 22:18-19).  
 

At the West Concord Church of Christ, we seek to follow the biblical pattern of worship exactly. We would love for you to join us in worshiping our God. Below you can find our meeting times. If you have the opportunity, come visit and worship with us!

When We Meet

Sunday

Bible Study 9:30 a.m.

Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.

Evening Worship 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday

Evening Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

 
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