Session 1: Defining WorshipMarch 15, 2022
This is the first session of the series about worship. Worship is an important topic that gets at the heart of what it means to be a follower of the God of Israel and his Messiah Yeshua (Jesus).
As Messianic Torah believers, worship is an important topic because we stand in a sometimes-confusing crossroads between conventional Christianity and conventional Judaism. We borrow elements from both, none of both, and develop new things. In this series we want to explore what worship means in a Biblical context for us who are in this position. Some important questions that we ask include:
- What does it mean to worship God?
- Is worship personal or corporate?
- Why do we gather as believers to worship?
- What elements of traditional Jewish worship can be helpful to us as Messianics?
- What role should music play from a Biblical perspective?
- How do we ensure that a worship service is meaningful, honouring Yeshua, and edifying for those who participate?
Why do we do what we do? There are many ways to answer that question from different angles, but ultimately the answer should always boil down to this: Yeshua is worthy. Worship is about him, and not primarily about what I get out of it.
In this session we discuss how we can define worship, talk about corporate versus individual worship, and focus on certain passages of Scripture that describe our response to God’s revelation.