Christian Life

Course:  The life of worship

The Higher Realms of Worship


Introductory notes on the life of worship


Worship is the heart of the Christian life (John 4:24).

Worship is the most vital part of an effective Christian life.   A disciple of Christ must learn to worship at all times, and in all situations and circumstances.   Without worship the Christian life becomes mundane and unattractive to those outside of Christ.  The Christian life should be fruitful in every area, but this will only happen when we learn to offer praise and thanksgiving for all things.   


Worship is born out of our relationship with the Lord (Ephesians 3:17).          

The heights that we reach in worship will always depend upon the closeness of our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is possible to reach the same heights of worship in our own experience as the disciples knew in Bible days. The Holy Spirit wants to lead us higher into worship so that the life of worship becomes our personal experience.  Knowledge of the scriptures alone is not enough. We must desire to go higher in worship, and develop an active and intimate relationship with the Lord,

Worship must be in spirit and in truth (John 4:23).                                          

Worship is more than singing Christian songs.  Singing is an expression of worship, but worship involves every area of our lives.   The spirit of a person is the very innermost part of his or her being.  Believers in Christ need to recognise that every moment of the Christian life is an opportunity for worship because worship involves our innermost thoughts and desires.  Singing Christian songs is capable of moving the emotions whether it is worship or not, but only believers who have gone up to worship and come into His presence in a right manner are true worshippers.

Worship is the true motivation for service (John 21:15-17).

Effective ministry in the body of Christ must always be born out of worship.  All the great men and women of faith in scripture were first and foremost worshippers.  Worship is born out of love for the Lord. The question that Jesus asked Peter needs to be answered by every believer.  Jesus said, 'Do you love me?'   He then told Peter to 'Feed my sheep'.  Ministry to others flows out of worship that is rooted in love for Christ. 

Our worship determines how we will enter into heaven (2 Peter 1:10-11). 

Salvation is the gift of God, but the kind of entrance we have into heaven depends on the extent of our worship. God's people need to be preparing for eternity.  The question every believer must ask himself or herself is, 'what kind of an entrance into heaven do I want to have?'  The Bible says we need to be concerned about the way we will enter into heaven.  The Second Epistle of Peter says, 'Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.'  (2 Peter 1:10-11)

An abundant entrance into heaven will be the joyful experience of worshippers, who desire to be like Jesus; who willingly serve Him; and live to please Him. It means to enter heaven with all the beauty of the life of Christ being seen in us. The call to worship is the most urgent call to the body of Christ.  It is the call to be ready for eternity. An abundant entrance into heaven is the greatest prize to be won. We must learn to live a life of worship so that we will enter eternity worshipping.


There is no higher calling than the call to worship,  (Psalm 27:4).                  

Those who seek to worship the Father in spirit and in truth must have one desire.  The prayer of the worshipper is always, 'one thing have I desired that I might know Christ'.  The Father is seeking for worshippers and the high calling to worship has no respect of persons.  The most insignificant person in the body of Christ can become a great man or woman of faith by answering the call to worship. 

The aim of this course is to produce three things in the reader:

1.    ...a new understanding of the heights of worship so we will desire to reach the higher realms of worship.

2.    ...a desire to know Christ through a life of worship..

3.    ...a realisation that the highest calling of God is the call to worship, and God is no respecter of person. 




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