Here is the outline for our 2014 worship series. Each week is given in order. Enjoy!
WEEK 1, What is worship?
Psalm 95:1-6 Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods. He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains.The sea belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land, too.
Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
1 Chronicles 16:29 Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his presence. Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.
Hebrews 13:15 Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.
Psalm 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.
Summary: Worship is a heartfelt response to God. It is like the reaction you have when witnessing something wonderful, brilliant and overwhelmingly powerful all wrapped into one. Its the reaction that someone has when they are truly in his presence or have experienced his grace.
WEEK 2, Types of worship.
In Scripture, praise is usually presented as boisterous, joyful, and uninhibited. One good example is Psalm 150. Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness! Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Psalm 33:2-3 Praise the Lord with melodies on the lyre; make music for him on the ten-stringed harp. Sing a new song of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.
Worship is usually a deeper, more reverent experience, Sometimes it can even be very intimate with a lot of heavy emotion. But it always seems to invite us to give ourselves more fully to God. Romans 12:1-2 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
John 4:23-24 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
WEEK 3, Worship vs. Entertainment.
: the act of showing respect and love for a god especially by praying with other people who believe in the same god : the act of worshipping God or a god
: excessive admiration for someone
True Worship is always vertical. That means it is always directed to God alone. The joy, admiration, respect and thanks expressed to God should never be given to anyone or anything else. John 4:23-24 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
Sometimes we sing songs of encouragement toward one another. These songs express scriptural truths about God and us. But even if they are sung during a worship service, they shouldn’t be called worship. Here is what scripture says about them. Colossians 3:16-17 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Sometimes christians sing songs from their individual cultures. Other times we may sing songs that are just positive. And still other times we may sing songs that are just fun and feel good. We may even hear some of these songs on Christian radio. But often times these songs are for entertainment and don’t express worship. For that reason we should be careful when we choose songs to sing in our worship services.
WEEK 4, Why should I worship?
The simplest answer is because we are commanded to.
Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
God is worthy of our praise and worship.
Psalm 95:1-6 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
The BEST answer is, We were created to worship him.
Colossians 1:16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
Romans 11:36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.
When we discover the rich joy and fulfillment of a relationship with God, when we experience his glory in deep relationship with him, our natural response will be worship. When our satisfaction is most deeply found in him, We are worshiping. Because “he is most glorified in us, When we are most satisfied in Him”.