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 444 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. 3 semester hours of undergraduate credit.  Succeeds the former BRS 24; therefore, double credit is not allowed. 


 Describe the foundation for true worship as articulated in the Bible and compare the practice of worship in the Old Testament with that of the early church.

 Evaluate the influences of theology and history on worship, demonstrating the relationship between praise, tradition, ethics, and evangelism.

Apply worship ideals in a contemporary situation.

Credit. Credit for the course requires a score of 70% or greater on each of three multiple-choice examinations and two essays. A sample exam 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.

Resources.  All needed resources are in electronic form, online, and without cost to the student.  See under Electronic Collection in the Course Menu.