Corporate Worship is:
an act of reverence (adoration)
by man (creature) . . . to God (Creator)
made in response to God’s revelation of himself (his person & his works)
expressed by an offering (sacrifice) of ourselves
- life (trusting, obeying) Romans 12:1-2 – I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
- substance (time, finances) Philippians 4:18 – I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.
- praise (adoration, thanksgiving) Hebrews 13:15 – Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
- service (good works, evangelism) Romans 15:16 – to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit; Hebrews 13:16 – Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
within the community of believers