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Worship Principle Description Scripture
Vertical
(God-centered)

Relentlessly pursuing and delighting corporately
in the God of the Bible as an all satisfying end in
Himself; emphasizing and promoting a sense of the
presence of God and fellowship with God; focus on
both “light” (truth) and “heat” (passion)

 

Psalm 63:1-3
Psalm 34:3
John 4:24
Gospel &
Christ Exalting

Displaying and delighting in the excellencies of Christ,
so that Jesus and His death and resurrection are at
the center; focusing on and savoring together the truth
and sweetness of the gospel as the power of God for
our full salvation from sin

 

Revelation 5:1-14
Romans 1:16
Philippians 3:3
Bible Saturated

Striving to ensure that all elements of worship be a
ministry of the Word (preaching the Word, praying the
Word, singing the Word, etc.)

 

2 Timothy 3:16-17
Horizontal
(Edifying)

All things done for building up, nourishing faith, and
promoting maturity in Christ; equipping the saints for
ministry and ongoing obedience to the Word; containing
elements of informality, hospitality, and community, in
order to welcome one another graciously as God has
welcomed us

 

Ephesians 4:11-13
Hebrews 3:12-14
Hebrews 10:24-25
Romans 15:7
Joyful

Offering to the Lord a joyful sacrifice; celebrating
Christ’s victory for us over sin and death; joyfully
anticipating our eternity with Him in the new heavens
and the new earth

 

Psalm 100:1-2
Philippians 4:4
Therapeutic

Seeking to heal the wandering Christian from the idols
that have temporarily captured his heart; instilling a
sense of wonder and amazement—God as superior to
any lesser attraction

 

Philippians 3:8
1 John 2:15-17
1 John 5:21
Culturally
Engaging

Recognizing that every generation and culture has a
heart language that enables them to worship God in
spirit and truth; making the service intelligible and
seeker sensible; explaining difficult concepts;
employing music that does not conflict with an
atmosphere of majesty and holiness

 

1 Cor. 14:23-25
Isaiah 60:11-13
Revelation 21:24-27
Showing
Deference

Worship services implemented with a desire to enhance
the unity of the church and not put an obstacle in a
brother’s way; recognizing the meeting is for corporate
response to God, not just individual; showing deference to
others in multiple ways, including music style decisions

 

Philippians 2:3-4
Romans 14:17-19
Psalm 34:3
Excellent
& Orderly

Pursuing “undistracting” excellence; recognizing worship
should be glorious, as God is glorious, and orderly, as
God is orderly

 

1 Cor. 14:33, 40
Psalm 66:2
Psalm 33:3
Participatory

The chief musical “sound” of worship is the congregation
singing; each member encouraged to prepare him/herself
for holy participation in corporate worship

 

Psalm 111:1-3
Colossians 3:16
Exodus 19:10-11
Matthew 15:7-9
All of Life

Remembering that worship should continue in private,
in our families and homes, and in everyday life, not just
on Sunday mornings

 

Romans 12:1-2