Types of worship


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Many think that any worship is OK with God. This is not true. There are types of worship which God does not accept.

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Types of worship

  1. 1. Types of Worship The word “worship” 5 types of worship in the New Testament
  2. 2. Worship in NT Worship – meanings and use  7 Greek words translated “worship”  170 – glory  2 – will  96 – before, presence  3 – piety  22 – serve  60 – worship, praise  10 – devout, devotion 
  3. 3. Worship in NT    Worship in various forms occurs 79 times in our New Testament Most of these discuss proper worship to God in the assembled church There are some WRONG ways to worship
  4. 4. Vain Worship  Matthew 15:8-9 8 'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 9 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.' "
  5. 5. Vain Worship   Vain = empty, shallow, hollow, without value or meaning, fruitless, no purpose How can our worship be VAIN? – Sin in our lives – Not paying attention – Just go through the motions
  6. 6. Vain Worship  Isaiah 1:13-15 13 Bring no more futile sacrifices; Incense is an abomination to Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies--I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting. 14 Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; They are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them. 15 When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.
  7. 7. Ignorant Worship Acts 17:22-23 22 Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, "Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23 for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.  Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: 
  8. 8. Ignorant Worship Ignorant – From Thayer's Greek Lexicon 1) to be ignorant, not to know 2) not to understand, unknown 3) to err or sin through mistake, to be wrong  Many worship false gods  Many worship in false religions  Many worship the right God in wrong ways 
  9. 9. Will Worship  Colossians 2:20-23 20 Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations-- 21 "Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle," 22 which all concern things which perish with the using--according to the commandments and doctrines of men 23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, (will worship KJV) false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.
  10. 10. Will Worship Many want a self-imposed (will) worship  They want worship to be for their pleasure and enjoyment.  They want worship that pleases them  Worship is not for our pleasure.  Worship is not for our enjoyment.   Worship is our attempt to please and praise God.
  11. 11. Creature Worship  Romans 1:24-25 24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
  12. 12. Creature Worship We think about the pagans who worship snakes, cows, birds, lions, fish and other animals.  But many today are in love with themselves – narcissistic  Some are guilty of following some man – preacher, TV star, movie star, singer, etc.  Do not worship the created.  Worship the Creator. 
  13. 13. True Worship  John 4:23-24 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
  14. 14. True Worship    2 Aspects to True Worship: 1 – Spirit = zeal, excitement, fervor Sing, pray, study – like you mean it 2 – Truth = doing what God said, the way that God said to do it
  15. 15. Worship God We are to worship God.  We must make sure that our worship is:  In spirit and truth  Not in vain  Not out of ignorance  Not self-willed  Not directed to a creature 