The Bible – Worship
by Pat McIntosh
In any matter we may consider, we want to ask and answer the question, “What does the Bible say about it?” The varied practices extant in the religious world today indicate that sources other than God’s word are being used to determine the nature of worship and that which comprises it. Innovations are added on a regular basis, each one seemingly an attempt to enable man to “get more” out of worship. One of the newer innovations is that of separating services into “contemporary” and “traditional” approaches, often in the same congregation. The idea is to provide something with which everyone can relate.
The Bible clearly shows the focal point of worship to be God rather than man (Psa. 95:6-7). This passage also indicates that our “posture” (bowing down) is important. No, this does not mean that we are literally to “hit our knees.” It speaks of an attitude of reverence. Christ spoke of worship in His discussion with the Samaritan woman at the well. He indicated that we are to worship in “spirit and in truth” (Jno. 4:24). In other words, our worship is to be that which is based on His revealed word (truth) and with the proper frame of mind (spirit).
It is easy and tempting to allow the distractions of this world to steal our attention away from what we are doing. We all have problems and concerns. These will not go away when we walk in the building. However, we must be able to put these things in their proper perspective as we approach God in worship. He deserves our attention. He deserves our respect. He deserves our concentration. May we be those who consider such things and generate that frame of mind that will allow us to cherish each opportunity to worship in spirit and in truth.
Sunday A.M. Sermon – What Does the Bible Say About Worship?
Introduction – Psa. 95:6-7; Jno. 4:24
- The Object of Worship – Col. 2:18; Psa. 96:9; 2 Thes. 2:3-4; Psa. 99:5; Matt. 4:10
- Attitude in Worship – Col. 3:1-4; Heb. 10:19-25; Psa. 51:17; Isa. 57:15; 66:2; Rom. 2:28-29
- Actions in Worship – Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16; James 5:13; Phil. 4:6; 1 Tim. 2:8; 1 Cor. 16:1-2; 2 Cor. 9:7-8; Matt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Acts 20:7
Sunday P.M. Sermon – The Lord Thy God (Zeph. 3:14-20)