Course Summary

The Awe of Praise

The course cultivates an awareness of worship and offers training in how to create positive worship experiences. This advanced course assumes the student has a good understanding of the nature and content of the New Testament. It is organized in three modules: (1) Worship from a Biblical Perspective, (2) Christian Worship in Historical Development, and (3) Implementing Worship in the Modern Church. 3 semester hours of graduate credit.

Objectives

Module 1

1. Appraise the nature and practice of worship in the Old Testament.
2. Appraise the nature and practice of worship in the early church.

Module 2

1. Recognize the influences of theology, biblical backgrounds, and history on worship.
2. Synthesize the relationship between praise, tradition, ethics, and evangelism.

Module 3

1. Apply worship experiences in contemporary situations

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

1. The hymn book of the early church (A) consisted of songs adapted from Greek and Roman pagan worship, (B) consisted of songs produced by New Testament prophets, (C) was the book of Psalms, (D) was non-existent.

Resources

Bible

Wainwright, Geoffrey and Karen B. Westerfield (eds.). History of Christian Worship. Oxford University Press, 2005. 960 pages. $42.73 ISBN: 978-0195138863