Worship

Worship as an expression of the word: finding common ground for Christ-centered worship

Author
David F Pendleton
Abstract
The purpose of this research was to evaluate the historical four-fold pattern of worship as a common ground for Christ-centered worship in the Church of the Nazarene. The project was an evaluation study in quasi-experimental mode utilizing a pretest-posttest design with no comparison group. The results of the research do reflect a general receptivity to the four-fold pattern but there was little indication for substantiating this pattern as a common ground for worship in the Church of the Nazarene. The author concludes that this process would take longer to establish as a model for worship.

Developing a worship team to strengthen Sunday worship at First Baptist Church, Humble, Texas

Author
Robert J Price
Abstract
This project examined the team approach to worship planning to strengthen the Sunday worship at First Baptist Church, Humble, Texas. Methods used to accomplish the goal of the project included the use of an equipping module that helped to build the concept of team ministry and provide a foundation of knowledge. This was done through a series of weekly seminars. Qualitative surveys, pre- and post-tests, as well as questionnaires, were used. Responses of the congregation indicate that the model of team ministry resonates well with the church and with Scripture. Team ministry enables the church, and empowers both Pastor and laity alike to use their gifts in the body of Christ.

Worship renewal in the light of spiritual gifts

Author
Lucien E Fortier
Abstract
Worship is a dynamic encounter between God and people, which includes service rendered to God. True worship extends beyond mere church attendance. The popular term "worship service" has biblical roots, suggesting the idea of actively serving God as an expression of genuine worship. This project calls the church to worship renewal by involving the congregation in worshipful service. The project utilizes a "field guide" designed to assist worshippers in serving from the vantage point of spiritual gifts. Worship renewal is observed from several indicators including: enthusiasm in worshipful service, urgency for evangelism, and testimonies concerning the power of genuine worship.

Equipping Christians to incorporate the Old Testament names of God in the praise aspect of prayer and worship

Author
Donald S Boyd
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to equip Christians to offer knowledgeable praise to God in prayer and worship by incorporating the Old Testament names of God. The project participant will study sixteen Old Testament names of God in the context of Scripture and will learn how God was revealing an aspect of his character in each name. The study will define praise and its significant role in prayer and worship. The learner will be led through this course of study to use the Old Testament names of God as a guide in offering prayers of praise to enhance personal and corporate worship. The long-term goal of this project is to encourage people to pray and worship more frequently, more knowledgeably, more meaningfully, and more effectively, understanding the significance and content of biblical praise. As a result of increased and informed prayer and worship, the writer desires to see more of the person and power of God manifested among his people.

Worship: structure and freedom in celebration of God; a course in worship

Author
Marion Josiah Hatchett
Abstract
This project, a foundational worship course designed for Master of Divinity students at a highly ecumenical seminary, proposes that students, including those from non-liturgical traditions, benefit from a thorough grounding in the traditional structures and history of worship as part of their ministerial formation. Research for the course originated from extended interviews with seminary professors currently teaching in ecumenical institutions. Research discloses the need for critical reflection of early church models and theological foundations of worship and liturgy. Project includes interview questions and summary, outline of worship course and extended bibliography.

The theology and practice of worship: a two credit course to equip pastors for biblical ministry

Author
Calvin A Pincombe
Abstract
It includes a brief historical survey of worship practice in the church, and also examines the Old and New Testaments to delineate a New Testament theology of worship that can be applied to contemporary practice. Contemporary issues of corporate worship style and music are analyzed according to constructive biblical principles. Students are then given practical guidance in facilitating Sprit-guided Pentecostal worship services.

Creating attitudinal change regarding worship styles: through a study of selected biblical and historical models

Author
Jesse R Liles
Abstract
The hypothesis states that selected members of the First Baptist Church of Silver City, New Mexico, can change their attitudes toward selected biblical and historical worship models. The developed curriculum includes didactic seminars, sermons, and group discussions. The teaching curriculum includes the following topics: biblical principles of worship, a biblical definition of worship, six biblical models of worship, the history of Baptist worship, and the effect of culture on worship patterns.

A biblical, historical, and contemporary look at the regulative principle of worship

Author
Mark L Dalbey
Abstract
This project proposes that churches who seek to be faithful to the historic Reformed and Presbyterian regulative principle of worship will draw on both the richness of past expressions and the freshness of present expressions of biblical worship. The method of research includes extensive study of Scripture, church history, and contemporary worship. Surveys, personal observations, interviews, and workshops were utilized focusing on worship in the Presbyterian Church in America. The research reveals that churches putting worship focus on biblically commanded elements of worship with latitude in application across time and cultures draw on both past and present expressions of worship.

Creating greater understanding and appreciation of worship through planning and preaching: Warren Woods Baptist Church, Warren, Michigan

Author
Bradley S Butler
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to increase the understanding and appreciation of worship at Warren Woods Baptist Church. Chapter one introduced the project, providing background on the church and explaining the research methodology employed. Chapters two and three were the heart of the project. Chapter two explored the biblical, historical and theological issues in worship. Two specific biblical texts (Isaiah 6 and John 4) were studied to consider the biblical call to worship. Chapter looked at the contemporary worship scene, coming to the conclusion that a fresh approach to worship is needed today. Chapters four and five outlined the actual work done in the project. The four sermons and worship services, as well as the response of the church to them, were central. The project concluded with an evaluation and assessment of lessons learned from the project.
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