The Story of Worship

6496 words 26 pages
LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
LIBERTY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

“ THE STORY OF WORSHIP”
SUBMITTED TO DR. LAVON L. GRAY
IN PARTIAL FULFULLMENT
OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COURSE
WORSHIP
510

BY
TERESA L. DAVIDSON

ELY, IOWA
March 13, 2013

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION…………………………………………3

I.) OLD TESTAMENT PRINCIPLES FOR WORSHIP

Creation………………………………………………4

Three Worship Wars…………………………………4

Patriarchs…………………………………………….6

Books of History……………………………………..9

Three Kings…………………………………………..9

II.) NEW TESTAMENT PRINCIPLES FOR WORSHIP

Christ’s example……………………………………12

The Early Church…………………………………...14 Revelation…………………………………………...15

III.) PRINCIPLES LEARNED ABOUT WORSHIP FROM THE PSALMS………………………………………………….16
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Abel’s sacrifice required the shedding of blood. God required a blood sacrifice (death) to pay for sins. Later, Jesus Christ would shed His blood as the perfect Lamb of God to cover man’s sins for all eternity. In the New Testament, however, Hebrews 11:4 clarifies “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain…” Cain had no doubt worked as hard as Abel to produce his sacrifice. The fruit was no doubt beautiful. And we can tell that Cain expected his sacrifice to be accepted by his reaction to God’s rejection. So what went wrong? 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us that the opposite of faith is sight. Cain’s worship was not rejected by God due to lack of earnest in worship, it was rejected because it was offered by his own presumption. God teaches us through this story that we are to listen to God’s instructions and submit to His will, not our own. Many a person today has started or participated in a worship war by fighting over how worship should be done. Some want to worship by singing hymns, others by contemporary music. Some want to wear caps and remain calm, while others want to dance in the aisles and play tambourines. We need to remember we worship God for His glory. The outcome of the conflict within the worship wars on all humanity was death and shame. But God still wanted to have a relationship with man, despite this. He showed us this desire through revealing Himself to the patriarchs. III.) Patriarchs: Through the stories of patriarchs like

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