Seven Characteristics of True Worship

A.W. Tozer once referred to worship as the “missing jewel of the evangelical church.”  In spite of all the attention that worship gets, I fear that most Christians today do not understand what true, Biblical worship entails.  Everyone worships, but not all worship truly.  Some people worship falsely because they worship a false god.  Others worship falsely because they worship the true God falsely.  So that brings us to the question, what is Biblical worship?  Below is a list of seven characteristics of Biblical worship that I adapted from Daniel Block’s book entitled For the Glory of God: Recovering A Biblical Theology of Worship.

1.) True worship is reserved for God alone (Ex 20:3-6)

2.) True worship involves reverent awe (Heb 12:28-29)

3.) True Worship involves action (Deut 10:12)

4.) True worship expresses submission to God (Rom 12:1)

5.) True worship aligns with the will of God rather than the sinful nature of human imagination. (Ps 15)

6.) True worship encompasses all of life (John 4:19-23)

7.) True worship is both individual and corporate (Heb 10:24-25)

If you would like to learn more about these seven characteristics of worship, I invite you to listen to the following two messages that I preached at Metropolis First Baptist Church:

Click on the title to watch the message:

Spiritual Habits: Worship Part 1

Spiritual Habits: Worship Part 2

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Friday RoundUp For August 29th, 2014

Here are some of the posts that I have enjoyed from other people’s blogs this week:

 

Nate Martin  –  Scared of Seminary

Tomorrow marks my first day as a seminary student at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. I am thrilled of course, but I would be lying if I didn’t say I was scared. I am scared because I am about to get exactly what I asked for and it makes me very uncomfortable. Let me explain… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

 

J.D. Greear-  What David Platt’s IMB Presidency Signals About Our Future:

This morning, the International Mission Board (IMB) trustees announced David Platt as the new IMB President. I have no doubts that he is God’s man, chosen for this task in this hour. Personally, I could not be more thrilled. I think this is a wonderful gift of God to our Convention of churches….CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

 

Josh Patterson –  4 Leadership Lessons From Nehemiah

Leadership tends to define itself better in person than on a page. In recent decades leadership has vaulted to the forefront of organizational discussion, classroom research and publishing houses across the world. Books on the topic abound. In their work, “Classical Leadership,” Michelle Doyle and Mark Smith write, “What is leadership? It seems to be one of those qualities that you know when you see it, but is difficult to describe. There are almost as many definitions as there are commentators.” CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

 

Thabiti Anyabwile-   Is It “Goodbye Evangelicalism” or “We Evangelicals Join in Your Suffering”?

When James Cone wrote A Black Theology of Liberation in the late 1960s, he was attempting to provide a theological framework for understanding and guiding the feelings and actions of African-American protestors. He wrote in the wake of a deadly riot in Detroit. He felt a burden, a heavy weight to say something meaningful as a Christian. He felt, as many had before him, that if Christianity had no answer for Black people caught in the roiling cauldron of Jim Crow segregation and state-sponsored terrorism then Christianity had no credibility whatsoever. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

 

Ronnie Floyd The Prayer Life of A Pastor

Prayer is built on the Word of God. This prevents us from getting out of balance or off into theological error. Sometimes people think those who practice prayer are intellectual midgets or theologically inferior. Great prayer warriors base their praying on God’s Word, the surest truth in this world. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE