What is Worship? | How do Christians Worship | Worship God

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Have you ever asked yourself what is worship?
What does worship look like? Or What should I be doing in my personal worship? If so,
stay tuned because this video is all about worship! Hi guys, my name is Justin and I want to welcome
you to That Christian Vlogger, a place where you get to join me and experience faith in
the first person. In today’s episode I want to tackle the question of “what is worship.” Worship is one of those ambiguous terms that
we use in the Christian culture that seems to have lost it’s meaning. What is worship?
In my church, worship is always used in connection with praise. In fact, “praise and worship”
seems to be the phrase that people use when they talk about singing. But shouldn’t worship
be more than just singing? I’ve been reading through this book “The
Grand Weaver: How God shapes us through the events of our lives” by Ravi Zacharias and
theres a chapter where Ravi talks about worship that was pretty profound. Worship as Ravi defines it has several manifestations
that stood out to me: Praise, Teaching, Prayer and Giving. #1- Praise- Certainly the most familiar part
of worship to us today is praise. Worshipping through praise certainly includes singing
and at times through the scripture dancing. One practice that the Old Testament followers
of God were diligent at following were festivals and traditions The Israelites observed many feasts and festivals
that were scheduled throughout the year to direct them to praising God. Far from being
empty rituals, God intended these special events to be pregnant with meaning. He intended
these ceremonies to point them back to particular events where God worked in their lives as
well as highlight noble attributes worthy of emulation. While we don’t celebrate the OT festivals
as Christians today, we still hold regular celebrations such as Christmas which remind
us of Jesus’s incarnation and Easter which remind us of his death and resurrection. *And before you flame in the comments, yes
I know Jesus wasn’t really born on Christmas and Easter has nothing to do with bunnies
and eggs… But the good news is that we don’t have
to wait until Christmas or Easter or even the weekends to praise God. You can praise
Him today, in the quietness of the morning, or in the gridlock traffic during your commute.
Praise is about refocusing on God’s goodness in our lives and thanking Him for it #2- Teaching- However, worship is much more
broad than just praise. In the New Testament we see a dramatic shift in the approach to
worship. It was no longer about ceremonies and rituals, but much more focused on teaching. Teaching in the words of the book are the
“backbone of the entire worship liturgy.” Without faithful and meaningful teachings,
all other expressions or worship including praise run the risk of heresy. Proper teaching actually teaches us how to
worship properly… *well theres a thought… Faithful bible teaching is what guides and
guards our worship. It’s how we know we’re supposed to gather as a community and recall
how God has led us in the past. Proper teaching is what directs our mission and influences
the very way we live our lives. All to much now, worship has ONLY been focused
on praise to the neglect of teaching. Most young people my age seem to know the lyrics
to every Hillsong United song but can’t open the Scriptures with even an elementary
understanding of the themes of the Bible. Wake up call, part of your Christian duty
is to “Study to show yourself approved.” There is a place for teaching and learning
and I want to challenge young people everywhere to rise up in their understanding of Scripture. *Side note- if you want some Free Bible studies,
check the link below for online studies! #3- Prayer- I’ll be the first to admit that
this is an area that I need growth in. As Christians we habitually pray meaningless
prayers all the time. I remember one time as I was heading to bed that I thanked God
for my meal and asked him to bless the food to nourish and strengthen my body… You know
you’ve done it before right? Yeah? Huh? Come one, anyone else? Just me? Prayer isn’t about citing a laundry list
of wants and needs, God isn’t Santa Claus and yet thats how some of us treat Him through
prayer. But prayer during worship is much more than that. A worshipful prayer seeks
to align our hearts with God’s hearts. It’s not intended to be an inward monologue where
we regurgitate the prayer our Grandmother taught us when we were young, but it’s intended
to be a dialogue where God recreates your heart and transforms your life. The goal of prayer is to love God for who
He is, not for what we get out of Him #4- Giving- Worship not only requires praise,
teaching, and prayer- but true Biblical worship inspires giving. In today’s day and age,
we tend to only give God our leftovers. Work all week, play hard the night before and if
I still have energy I might just happen to fall out of bed in time to make it to Church. A heart that truly worships God is inspired
to generously give to the cause of God. The truth of the matter is that we spend time
and money on the things that we value. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there
your heart is also.” (Matthew 6:21) Jesus points out a simple truth, where you
spend your money is where your attention is. This isn’t a popular thing for me to say
either, the culture expects televangelists and pastors to ask for money as they lined
their velvet lined pockets and furnish their private jets and yachts. I’m with you, THAT’S
EVIL, but we still have a duty as Christians. I’m not saying that you should blindly give,
but I’m talking about giving to causes you believe in. Missions that you stand behind
and want to see impact the world. Those of us who are blessed with much have a responsibility
to learn the art and the heart of giving in order to be true worshipers. On that note, I want to challenge you to give
to your local church and to advance the mission that God lays on your heart. Wether it’s
an overseas mission, a local project or even media projects like this, I challenge you
to give. So what is worship? Worship is comprised of
praise, teachings, prayer, and giving. What do you think of this definition of worship
and which of these four ares or worship are you wanting to grow in? Let me know in the
comment section below! Well, that’s it for today guys, I hope this
video on “What is worship” was of value to you. As always, thanks for stopping by
and if you are new to this channel, check out some of our other videos and if you like
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24 Responses

  1. a Disturbed fan

    February 22, 2018 1:32 am

    i pray by closing my eyes and kneeling down and holding my hands together and saying "thank you god (jesus) for everything you've done for me and just repeatingly thanking him for everything and confessing my sins

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  2. tunj1988

    June 10, 2018 5:15 pm

    Watch this and you can see how you are actually worshipping https://archive.org/details/OChristWorshippers-APoemByIbnQayyimAl-jawziyyah

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  3. Jesse Bouchard

    July 14, 2018 7:47 pm

    Please feel free to check out my bible study blog, worship blog, and follow my book's facebook page.

    https://www.facebook.com/PleasingDeceiving/

    www.biblicalworshipstudy.blogspot.com

    www.ablogblessing.blogspot.com

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  4. Weezie

    August 31, 2018 4:52 pm

    Hey Justin,

    Thanks for your video! I'm late in viewing it… nonetheless I watched it.

    I think all Christians and all those self professing ones could use more teaching on worship.

    I had never heard of four manifestations of worship! Imagine that.

    Do you know that prayer has four realms?

    No one holds all the truth!! Remember that when your spirit is low.

    Every single human being has much to learn.

    Good job, keep it up! 🙂

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  5. Morton Benning

    October 22, 2018 5:30 am

    this is a great video thanks for posting it, i just wanted to share one little insight – you don't advocate blindly giving to anyone who asks of you, but the bible does actually go there.

    Matt 5:42 actually pretty much says give to anyone who asks.

    I have to admit I really suck at doing it, but it came to my mind as i was listening.

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  6. Frow Touch

    October 27, 2018 6:57 am

    I loved the sentence you said about giving. Its true, when you give to God he will surely give you back. God will not allow you to have dominion over him through giving, so when you give He gives much more back. 🙂 Just read it in Malachi 3;6-12

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  7. Talitha Cumi ministries

    November 3, 2018 10:30 am

    ☄️☄️Yes it is…..worship is a lifestyle. Thanks for the video!!! Now who’s going to do it??🔥🔥

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  8. ъушра денйз

    December 14, 2018 4:30 pm

    Thank you for informing me. ı am Muslim since ı was born and we prayer five times a day.But ı wondering about christian's workship

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  9. Sean Rath

    January 18, 2019 9:11 am

    The feasts of the chosen people are called the Lords Feast days and they are for eternity. Read Leviticus 23 and it explains these facts When we participate in the Passover Lords Supper all these 7 Feast days are incorporated.Search the scriptures and you won’t find Christmas and Easter as these are pagan feast.You know that there is a problem with adding to god’s word. I know that these pagan feasts of Easter and Christmas have a different meaning to you but what did god say in Jeremiah 10. God detests pagan feast and He will not okay these practices. Check out on youtube Jim Staley Truth and Tradition.We can’t compromise. These feasts are not mentioned in god’s word The early believers partook daily from house to house in the passover Lord’s Supper

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  10. Malaine Lopez

    March 13, 2019 10:25 pm

    I need to work on my prayer and my study time it's not just what God can give me but what can I do for him please pray for me that I do more of that

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  11. Helen Burnley

    September 11, 2019 9:07 pm

    Justin this is why you shouldn't delete your videos. Listen to your own teaching. Can you hear how wonderful this is? This is so uplifting. There are people that need this. This is how I found you in the first place. I needed guidance and you helped directed me with countless hours of videos. I hope you read this and take this into accountability to your heart just how much deleting these videos impact others when they need the guidance but can't find what they need. They need your videos. It's just so important that you leave them up. Please, don't take them down..

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