Worship takes many forms. From traditional church attendance to online tools and resources to the ways we give – the way we worship is versatile. As long as we give sincere praise to our Heavenly Father, we have opportunities to worship every day and in personal ways.
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him, you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” ~ Ephesians 2:19-22 ESV
Obviously, the first thing one thinks of when they think of worship is church attendance. But going to church is no longer a one-size-fits-all experience. From traditional services to contemporary worship – there are a number of ways to worship at church. Whether you prefer traditional or contemporary worship isn’t relevant – it’s the sincerity of the heart and a genuine desire to praise and honor God that matters most. It’s a privilege to be in the House of the Lord and to worship with other believers.
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“Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” ~Hebrews 13:15 ESV
Sometimes, we simply can’t get to church, no matter our best efforts. Whether it’s due to illness or other reason, so many incredible ministries offer sermons and Biblical teaching through television and radio. Technology has greatly impacted our ability to worship from the comfort of home, but can never replace the fellowship offered by the church community.
“What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.” ~1 Corinthians 14:15
Podcasts and Christian radio stations have expanded the way we worship through meaningful discussion and praise music. Both are wonderful options to worship in the car, while at work, or doing other activities.
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them.” ~Matthew 18:20 ESV
Bibles studies can be done through small groups in person, or online. Proverbs 31 Ministries (Proverbs31.org) offers regular online Bible studies that are easy and flexible enough to work into anyone’s schedule. From blogs to weekly teaching series to outlines of reading material, it’s entirely self-paced and a wonderful way to connect with others and worship while learning more about Jesus.
“In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.” ~1 Corinthians 9:14 ESV
The act of tithing is a form of worship. It enables us to support both churches and ministries as they work to spread the Gospel. While there are those who will argue that the church shouldn’t collect money, that’s unreasonable. Churches and ministries have real costs and real expenses to operate.
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” ~1 Peter 4:10 NLT
Volunteering in your church or through other ministries is a definite form of worship as it allows you to help extend the word of God, even if your role is behind the scenes. Whatever ways you use your spiritual gifts to His glory, they have eternal results.
This is the tip of the iceberg. Worshiping our Lord is deeply personal, yet also about community. Serving others as we serve the Lord; offering Him praise and thanksgiving – all incredible ways to personalize the way we worship.