Essential Marks of a Biblical Worship Service

Good Afternoon Church,

With the holiday weekend upon us, I hope you will be able to enjoy some refreshing time relaxing with family and friends as you praise God for His everlasting love and all sufficient grace freely given in Christ. Have you ever considered the critical and all-consuming nature of biblical worship? Have you ever contemplated the fact that everything you do should be done as an act of worship to almighty God (Ps 150;Cor 10:31)? I wonder how much sin and sadness would be avoided in our lives if we actually lived in light of this biblical truth. I have heard it said that, “Worship is the response of all that we are to all that God is and does. We do not worship God because of what we get out of it, but because He is worthy of worship.” This truth is displayed many times throughout the Scriptures in the lives of true worshippers like David (Ps 8), Asaph (Ps 77), Moses (Ps 90), Paul (Rom 11:33-36), and Jesus Christ (Jn 17:1-5; Heb 12:1-2). Sadly, for many within the contemporary church movement, worship is ultimately about what one receives, and little about what one actually and sacrificially offers to God (Heb 13:5).

There is a lot that Scripture says about the all-consuming reality of worship, and I am confident as we grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ together, that those truths will directly impact and shape both our lives personally and our church corporately. I look forward to sharing and teaching further on this all-important topic. However, for today I thought it would be most helpful to share some biblical marks of a worship service. These seven truths serve as pillars guiding and guarding our corporate gathering every Lord’s Day, where we seek to glorify God in all that we say, do, and think. Therefore, I pray these will further equip you as you prepare your heart to praise God as a Body of believers heading in the same direction, with the same mind, and for the same goal of God’s ultimate praise. I look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday as we will grow deeper in our walk with God by considering three counterfeits that seek to replace Christ’s sufficiency.

Essential Marks of a Biblical Worship Service


 I believe the essential marks and/or goals for an effective, biblical worship service that both pleases and praises God will be worship that is…

  1. Prepared: An effective worship service begins with hearts that are personally prepared and a church that is logistically ready (1 Cor 14:40).
  2. Informed: An effective worship service always flows out of, is protected by, and ultimately guided through the Word of Truth (Jn 4:24).
  3. Exalted: An effective worship service will always be reverential and glorious as it points to and ultimately praises the God who is transcendently high and utterly holy (1 Cor 10:31).
  4. Communal: An effective worship service is never an individual activity or a form of personal entertainment, but it is a corporate event where the whole Body publically, personally, and proactively adorns God together (Col 3:16).
  5. Prayerful: An effective worship service will always be saturated with heartfelt prayer that is driven by the Scriptures, directed toward Heaven, and uplifting to the people (1 Tim 2:1-8).
  6. Theological: An effective worship service will always be built upon a solid theological foundation that propels and displays a high view of God, a low and desperate view of man, an authoritative and sufficient view of Scripture, and an exalted and exclusive view of Christ (Rom 12:1-2).
  7. Expositional: An effective worship service will always be moving towards or responding to the accurate, passionate, personal preaching of God’s Word (2 Tim 4:2).

Praising God for Who He is and for what He has done,

Pastor Matt


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