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According to the Bible, what does it mean to worship? Have you ever studied this?

I strongly believe that the question, "What does it mean to worship?" is one of the most important and misunderstood truths in all of the Bible.

Worship is one of the most talked about, and yet least often defined subjects. And misunderstanding what it means to worship GOD has tremendous and widespread impacts on human, Christian and church history.

If you are like me, you've frequently heard and/or used phrases like the following at some point in your life:

While it is likely that the others involved in the conversation understood the intended message, after studying the subject of worship I am convinced that these phrases reflect an incomplete or inaccurate understanding of what it means to worship.

The words we use matter because they reflect our understanding. If we speak inaccurately we probably think inaccurately. If we understand correctly, it's important that we speak correctly.

The words we use matter b/c they reflect our understanding. If we speak inaccurately we probably think inaccurately. Click to Tweet

In the New Testament (NT), the Holy Spirit used six Greek words that are translated "worship" according to Strong’s Concordance:

  1. proskuneo (4352) – This is the most commonly used Greek word for worship in the NT and it means "to fawn or crouch, i.e. (lit. or fig.) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore):— worship."

  2. sebomai (4576) – to revere, i.e. adore:— devout, religious , worship.

  3. doxa (1391) – glory (as very apparent), in a wide application (lit. or fig., obj. or subj.):— dignity, glory, honour, magnify.

  4. latreia (3000) – to minister (to God), i.e. render, relig. homage:— serve, do the service, worship (-per).

  5. eusebeo (2151) – to be pious, i.e. (toward God) to worship, or (toward parents) to respect (support):— show piety, worship.

  6. ethelothreskeia (1479) – voluntary (arbitrary and unwarranted) piety, i.e. sanctimony:— will worship.

The most frequently used word for "worship," proskuneo, conveys the idea of a person physically bowing or falling flat on the ground before GOD. Based on my study of worship I have concluded the following:

Loving my brother on Monday is just as much an "act of worship" as partaking of the Lord’s Supper on Sunday. Click to Tweet

I am convinced that having a proper recognition of biblical worship is critical to our understanding of the Scriptures, the first century church and therefore how we should live individually and what we should do collectively.

If an individual recognizes that a disciple of Jesus worships daily, then:

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