What Does It Mean to Worship God?

My Sunday sermon is preached, people through Kenosha from our church are gathering throughout the day to discuss the sermon, encourage and pray for one another, and just relax. But in all of this did worship occur?  John Owen, an old divine from the 1600’s (and also way smart) wrote a treatise entitled Brief Instruction in the Worship of God.  Question 17 (the work is done in a catechism style) is which institutions of the gospel are to be observed in the worship of God?  Here is his answer:

The calling, gathering, and settling of churches, with their officers, as the seat and subject of all other solemn instituted worship; prayer, with thanksgiving; singing of psalms; preaching the word; administration of the sacraments of baptism and the supper of the Lord; discipline and rule of the church collected and settled; most of which have also sundry particular duties relating unto them, and subservient unto their due observation.

Simple, straightforward and easy to follow.  If you go to this link you can read this for yourself and then see all of the bible passages that he connects to this answer to ground it in the Word.  In a word though, yes, we worshiped.

About Matt Henry

Middle-aged pastor trying to figure out how to be missional in his world. Loves his wife, his children, and his dog Bear. I have a love of woodworking even though woodworking doesn't always love me. The name is xagete but is pronounced exegete.

Posted on April 1, 2012, in Bible Observations, Church, Theology and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. jonathanthehymnsinger

    From a theological perspective, I believe that worship is appropriate response to God’s self-revelation.

    But yes, your quotation gave a very succinct snapshot of what corporate worship is all about.



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