On this page, we will be sharing lesson outlines from worship leaders around the world, which can be tailored to meet the needs of your worship teams and congregations. In addition, we will share thought-provoking quotations from worshippers of many eras.
There are two basic passageways into God’s manifest presence: One is prayer and the other is praise. They are the twin portals that give us access to Him.
Take heed, then, often to come together to give thanks to God, and show forth His praise. For when you come frequently together in the same place, the powers of Satan are destroyed, and his “fiery darts” urging to sin, fall back ineffectual. For your concord and harmonious faith prove his destruction, and the torment of his assistants.
Ignatius of Antioch
If the psalmist is right—that there truly is nowhere we can go to flee God’s presence- why do we act like his attendance is intermittent? And why do we assume it’s dependent on us?
“Lord, we welcome you to come,” we pray. As if he needs us to usher him into the world he created. As if we do not “live and move and have our being” in him alone (Acts 17:28)… I don’t have to invoke God’s presence. I only have to attend to it.
Western Christianity went to sleep in a modern world governed by the gods of reason and observation. It is awakening in a post-modern world open to revelation and hungry for experience. It is one thing to talk about god. It is quite another thing to experience God.
We were made to worship. No wonder the authors of the Westminster Confession wrote, “Man’s Chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever.”
In the midst of all our speculation about the mysteries of heaven, there is one thing that is crystal clear: God has shown us our destiny in his eternal kingdom, and we discover it is glorious, extended worship!
To love God with all your strength means to allow your body to give expression to the thoughts, feelings, and decisions that reflect the response of the whole person to God
To worship is to experience reality, to touch Life. It is to know, to feel, to experience the resurrected Christ in the midst of the gathered community.
Therefore, in view of God’s mercy, offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. This is your spiritual act of worship.