Worship can be defined as: giving God the glory He deserves. The English meaning of the word literally means, displaying the worth of something or someone. (Worth-ship) The Bible has multiple words for worship in Hebrew and Greek but they all address showing value.
We (Christians) worship God because He is perfect and we are not. People are brought into right relationship with Him because of the perfect life, death and resurrection of Jesus. God’s Holy Spirit gives us the faith to believe this truth, repent (turn) from our sin, and turn to God. “…But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God”. (1 Corinthians 6:11)
When we gather corporately we honor the Biblical tradition of musical worship. We use instruments as well as, “addressing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your (our) heart (s), giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:19-21) But if we are to “give thanks always” as Scripture says, then we must realize that these expressions continue outside the church gatherings and in fact should happen with our whole lives. As the apostle Paul says, “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
We call this whole-life worship, and we strive to model and teach this in a Biblical way. Paul said, “I appeal to you brothers, by the mercies of God to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1) Presenting our bodies as living sacrifices, or whole-life worship as we call it, happens when we show Jesus to be our supreme treasure and with Paul we say with our hearts and lives, “it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:20-21)
For more on whole-life worship check out the following sermons by Pastor Nick.
By Worship Pastor Jesse Bass