Principles of Worship - Developing Intimacy With God
King David is the only man in the Bible referred to as a man "after God's heart." (Acts 13:22) He was also the first king chosen by the Lord. Jesus is referred to as the Son of David, and it is written that He holds "the key of David" (Rev. 3:7).
One of David's character traits was that expressive, extravagant, and exuberant praise was an integral part of his life. For that, he was ridiculed, but he declared that he would be even more expressive in his love for the Lord (see 2 Samuel 6:20-22).
Many modern believers don't realize that the way we worship the Lord activates many of the promises that He has made to His people. As we offer ourselves to Him in our praise and our worship, the Lord seeks us out and pours out the inheritance of His Kingdom in our daily lives.
This course covers many aspects of our praise and worship that are often overlooked, and sometimes even discouraged, in our church experience. This course challenges us to risk extravagance in the outward expression of our love for God.
Session 1 - Definitions and Principles
We begin by defining worship from a Biblical perspective and lay some foundational principles for worship in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24).
Session 2 - The Priesthood of the Believer
This session underscores our rights and roles as a royal priesthood in the Body of Christ and how they translate into our modern worship.
Session 3 - Principles of Sacrifice
Long before music ever was associated with the idea of worship, sacrifice was established as the foundational aspect of worship. This session elaborates on Paul's admonition to offer ourselves as "living sacrifices" (Rom. 12:1) and how we can use expressive praise to do so.
Session 4 - The Tabernacle of David
King David foreshadowed New Testament worship when he recaptured the ark of the covenant from the Philistines. This session briefly introduces David's tabernacle and why it is important for the modern believer to understand it.
Session 5 - Expressions of Worship
This session lays a Biblical foundation for some of the outward expressions of praise and worship that we experience in our modern services.
Session 6 - Worship as Warfare
One of the aspects of expressing our worship that is often overlooked, is the fact that the Lord goes to battle on our behalf as we participate. This session opens up the Biblical understanding of worship as one of the weapons of warfare that we can use to pull down spiritual strongholds (2 Co. 10.4-5).
Session 7 - Seven Hebrew Words for Praise - Part 1
This session begins a look at seven different Hebrew words that are translated "praise" or "worship" in the Old Testament that validate many of the outward expressions that we see in the modern church.
Session 8 - Seven Hebrew Words for Praise - Part 2
We continue our look at seven different Hebrew words that are translated "praise" or "worship" in the Old Testament that validate many of the outward expressions that we see in the modern Church.
Session 9 - Worship and Intercession
This session emphasizes the intercessory power of our worship and how the two can flow together to bring breathrough and release.