Sunday August 5, 2012 – In the first installment of the “The Voice” series, Pastor Dwayne looks at what worship is in John chapter 4. He uses the passage to deal with several issues including biblical expressions of praise.

When you are willing to praise, God will show up. I really want to encourage you to do something; express your praise to God in a way you’re not used to. – Pastor Dwayne Terry

A Voice to Obey Our God The Voice, Part 01

What Worship Is
John 4:24 – 24God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in

pneuma [nyu’-ma]; spirit, God-breathed, God-inspired

 Worship is relational, intimate and focused on God.

aletheia [ah-lay’-thay-ah]; truth as lived and taught to be understood by Jesus
 Worship is thoughtful, educational and reflective.

Worship first occurs in the heart, not in the mouth.

Common Myths About Worship Myth #1: There is a sacred style and there is a secular style.

  •   Psalms
  •   Gregorian Chant
  •   Reformation Songs (Martin Luther)

o A Mighty Fortress is Our God (1527)
o Sacred Head Now Wounded (17th cent) o Fairest Lord Jesus (1677)

 Early English Hymns (Isaac Watts)
o When I survey the Wondrous Cross (published 1707) o Alas! And did my Savior bleed (published 1707)
o Joy to the World (published 1719)

 Methodist Hymnody (John and Charles Wesley) o Christ the Lord is Risen Today (1739)
o Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (1739)
o Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (1747)

 Amazing Grace (1779)
Myth #2: Feelings of nostalgia or escapism is worship.

Myth #3: On Beat is sacred. Back Beat is secular. The Truth About Worship

  •   A Christian should be able to worship regardless of the style.
  •   Expressing God’s praises is your primary purpose.

1 Peter 2:9 – But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Matthew 12:34 – …For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. Hebrews 13:15 – Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a

sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that confess his name.

Biblical Expressions of Praise Ps 47:1a – Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples!

 Clapping  Shouting

Ps 47:1b – Shout to God with the voice of triumph!

 Singing
Eph 5:19 – speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord

 Lifting Our Hands
Ps 134:2 – Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, And bless the LORD.
1 Tim 2:8 – I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;

 Kneeling
Ps 95:6 – Oh come, let us worship & bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.

 Standing
Mark 11:25a – “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him…

 Playing Instruments
Ps 150:3-5- Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! 4Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! 5Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!

 Dancing
Ps 150:4 – Praise Him with the timbrel and dance…

Ps 149:3a – Let them praise His name with the dance…