Course Summary

The awe of praise

Explores the concept of worship and introduces the student to the awesome activity of offering honor to God. No matter how much one may know of the Bible's content or develop the skills of ministry, unless the spiritual dimensions of awe and praise are present, one's energies may be spent in vain.

BRS 24 Worship assumes the student has a good understanding of the nature and content of the New Testament. The task is to capture the spirit of worship and observe its place in the life of the redeemed. The leading question is, What does God ask in terms of adoration in appreciation of his gracious acts?

The course is organized in five modules: (1) Worship in the Old Testament, (2) Worship in the Early Church, (3) Worship as Adoration, (4) The Essence of Worship, and (5) Implementation. 5 semester hours of undergraduate credit .


 Describe the foundation for true worship as articulated in the Bible.
Compare the practice of worship in the Old Testament with that of the early church.
 Evaluate the influences of theology, biblical backgrounds, and history on worship.
Relate the relationship between praise, tradition, ethics, and evangelism.
Apply worship experiences in contemporary situations.

Credit. Credit for the course requires a score of 70% or greater on each of five multiple choice examinations. A sample problem is given below.

Worship involves (A) behavior, mind, and spirit, (B) self-confidence and self-reliance, (C) clergy and tradition, (D) proper body position.


A Bible and the following textbooks:

Borchert, Gerald. Worship in the New Testament: Divine Mystery and Human Response. Chalice Press, 2008. 272 pages. $24.99 ISBN: 978-0827225145

Peterson, David. Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship. IVP Academic, 2002. 317 pages. $16.56. ISBN: 978-0830826971