Worship (Part 2): Corporate Worship
Passage: Nehemiah 8:1–8:18, Colossians 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:1–2:2
These three purposes, or proper ends for a local congregation’s life, in turn serve the
glory of God.
Worship (part II): Corporate
Big Picture: The corporate worship of God occurs in the context of the assembled
congregation, while individual worship of God occurs in the context of one's daily life (all-of-life worship). Shaping and encouraging both corporate and individual worship are significant aspects of the church's purpose.
Elements of Corporate Worship
Read the bible: Neh.8; 1 Tim. 4:13
Preach the bible: 2 Tim. 4:2
Pray the bible: 1 Tim. 2:1-2; 8
See the bible in the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper: Acts 16; Luke
Sing the bible: Col. 3:16 Eph. 5:19-20
“Worship” Definition (Don Carson)
1. “Worship is the proper response of all moral, sentient beings to God, ascribing all
honour and worth to their Creator-God precisely because he is worthy,
2. This side of the Fall, human worship of God properly responds to the redemptive
provisions that God has graciously made. While all true worship is God-
centered, Christian worship is no less Christ-centered.
3. Empowered by the Spirit and in line with the stipulations of the new covenant, it
manifests itself in all our living, finding its impulse in the gospel, which restores
our relationship with our Redeemer-God and therefore also with our fellow
image bearers, our co-worshipers.
4. Such worship therefore manifests itself both in adoration and in action, both in
the individual believer and in corporate worship, which is worship offered up in
the context of the body of believers, who strive to align all the forms of their
devout ascription of all worth to God with the panoply of new covenant
mandates and examples that bring to fulfillment the glories of antecedent
revelation and anticipate the consummation.” D.A Carson (“Worship By The
Disclaimer: I pillaged every IX Marks resource I could get my hands on for this sermon.
All the good stuff comes from them (John).
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