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Questions tagged [worship]

The act of glorifying God

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Hallelujah vs Alleluia

What's the difference between these two words other than obviously the spelling. I've seen some songs write Alleluia which sounds very similar to Hallelujah when sung.
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Are we sons and daughters of god? [closed]

According to the Bible, are we sons and daughters of god? Please give references from the Bible. If we are sons of god and Jesus is also, so he is our brother, isn't he? Then why not we worship our ...
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Is there a difference of substance between the veneration of Mary, and the worship of God?

Speaking from a protestant understanding, I had just assumed that Catholics would say they worshipped Mary. They (often) pray to her, sing her praise (calling her holy, and such). Sometimes bowing ...
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How do Christians turn Sunday into the Lord's day?

According to scripture, the phrase "the Lord's day" occurs just once in the book of Revelation 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet How do ...
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Who is the best prophet in Christianity? and is he the best human being in the eyes of God? [closed]

The degree of how well God is worshipped varies from person to person, some do better deeds, have better morals, or do greater sacrifices than others, so it seems natural that there will be some human ...
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According to Jesus in the New Testament, where by name are the three places one ought to worship God?

Someone in The New Testament mentions two places where one ought to worship God. Jesus says that in the Messianic Era neither place will be where one ought to worship God. Which are these two places ...
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Is there a Biblical reason why the church of Christ does not use instrumental music? [duplicate]

I have heard all of my life that the New Testament does not authorize the use of musical instruments, so the church of Christ does not use them. They say they are silent where the Bible is silent, ...
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Did the virgin Mary worship Jesus? [closed]

I was reading about Jesus Christ and his miraculous birth, and this question came to my mind: Would have or did the virgin Mary worship Jesus, after his birth or after his death (according to those ...
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Is there a specific purpose in placing a hot coal to your lips?

I read the lyrics for Kutlass' song "Take Me In" and the particular lyrics:"take the coal, touch my lips, here I am". Was there a significant purpose for that action or was it symbolic?
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Why is the term “hymn” used so frequently to refer to “old-church-hymns?” [closed]

A hymn is any song giving praise or adoration to a deity, so why is it that the term "hymn" is so popular to the traditional songs of Protestants and Catholics, such as Come Thou Fount of Every ...
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Praise and Worship, what is the difference?

What does "praise" look like? How does it differ from "worship"? We are urged/called to/commanded to praise God (psalms 146:1 and others), but what is it and what does it look like? Romans 12:1-2 ...
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Are the any Christian denominations that have doctrines in place that prohibit a national flag in the worship space?

I am somewhat troubled by the presence of an American flag anywhere in a sanctuary / worship space. This sentiment is especially stark when said flag shares the same space / level as an altar. I ...
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Connection between the Jesus Prayer and chanting “Jesus!” during worship?

According to Wikipedia: The Jesus' Prayer (Greek: Η Προσευχή του Ιησού, i prosefchí tou iisoú; Syriac: ܨܠܘܬܐ ܕܝܫܘܥ ‎, Amharic, Geez and Tigrinya: እግዚኦ መሐረነ ክርስቶስ,Slotho d-Yeshu' , ) or "The Prayer" ...
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Where in the Bible does it say angels sing? [duplicate]

I was recently told that man is the only one of God's creations that can sing. I thought angels also sang, but I don't know where the Bible says that. Where in the Bible does it say that angels sing?
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In RC doctrine, when is pop culture, like Bernstein's Mass, appropriate to tell sacred messages?

Background and lead up to question Most people reading this weren't old enough when it was released, if they were around at all, to remember it, although it has been performed fairly frequently since ...
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When were “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” in Colossians 3 first argued to refer only to the Book of Psalms?

Some groups of Christians hold to exclusive psalmody, that is, they believe that the only songs that may be sung in public worship must come from the canonical Book of Psalms. These Christians have ...
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Why did John Newton oppose Handel's Messiah?

Recently, while listening to a lecture on worship by Kevin Twit, I was surprised to hear John Newton's opinion on Handel's Messiah: John Newton, the author of "Amazing Grace," refused to let Handel'...
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Why did Huldrych Zwingli oppose music in the worship service?

Three of the most influential reformers, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Huldrych Zwingli, took very different approaches to music in corporate worship. Of the three, Zwingli was the most accomplished ...
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Why do some adherents to the Westminster Standards sing hymns, rather than just psalms?

The Westminster Confession of Faith, 21.5, in its list of elements that are "parts of the ordinary religious worship of God," includes the: singing of psalms with grace in the heart The Confession ...
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What is the basis for forbidding prerecorded music in worship services?

My church's stated philosophy of music requires that all music used in the worship service be performed live – that is, the use of prerecorded accompaniment tracks or other audio is not permitted. I ...
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Did John Calvin discourage harmonies in congregational singing?

In many traditional Reformed churches, the songs found in hymnbooks and psalters (collections of Psalms set to music) are written with four parts: a melody/soprano line on the top, and alto, tenor, ...
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What is the origin of hands lifting in worship?

You don't need to go far to agree that raising hands while singing and worshiping (with music or prayer) is a big Christian tradition. I've always thought that this was some reference to Psalm 134.2: ...
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What is the Biblical support for a distinction between veneration and worship?

I was reading a question about icons, and this raised some questions for me. Catholic and Eastern Orthodox beliefs hold to there being a difference between worship and veneration. What is the ...
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In Eastern Orthodoxy, how is an icon recognized as inspired?

In a discussion on imagery and icons, the Orthodox Study Bible says: Every image, or icon, of Christ has significant theological content. For it proclaims anew the Incarnation of God, who "became ...
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What is the biblical basis for the centrality of preaching in worship?

Among many Protestants, preaching is often seen as the most important part of the worship service: Proclamation, the preaching of the gospel, should be central to Christian worship. The sermon is ...
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Why do some Christians object to images of Jesus?

Within some branches of Protestantism, many Christians believe that "images of Jesus" are sinful, and that Christians should not attempt to produce them. Some go so far as to say that they should be ...
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According to Catholicism, why do we worship Christ?

According to the Catholic understanding of Christology, Worship and the Trinity; would it be accurate to state that we worship Jesus because He is the Person who is the 2nd Person of the Trinity? ...
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Do the Orthodox and Catholic Churches allow participation in each others' services?

Is it alright for an Orthodox christian to go into a Catholic church and vice versa? That is: Does either Eastern Orthodox or Catholic teaching object to occasional participation of an Eastern ...
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According to LDS teaching, Does God have a God?

This question discusses the LDS teaching that “As man now is, God once was; as God is now man may be.” ( The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, ed. Clyde J. Williams [1984], 1.) The teaching is partially ...
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According to LDS teaching, why should we worship this God?

This question discusses the LDS teaching that “As man now is, God once was; as God is now man may be.” ( The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, ed. Clyde J. Williams [1984], 1.) The teaching is partially ...
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Was satan a worship leader? [duplicate]

I've heard it claimed that Satan was the worship leader for God's choir. I cannot find any scripture in the Bible that mentions Satan was in worship in heaven and was closest to God. What is the ...
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Why do Protestants worship on Sunday? [duplicate]

If the Sabbath is Saturday and it's known that the Roman Catholic Church changed the day week to worship from Saturday to Sunday, why then would Protestants continue to worship on Sunday? I ...
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Are Roman Catholics *required* at any time to bow down to statues or images?

Are Roman Catholics required at any time to bow down/ make obeisance to or kiss statues, images, icons, etc. (i.e., inanimate objects)? If so, is it considered a sin not to?
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Where did the custom of dancing with flags during worship originate?

I'm trying to get some background about the custom of dancing with flags during worship. I come from eastern Europe and I have seen many "trends" that came from the west (especially from charismatics)....
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How are patriotic songs used in US churches?

A comical blog mentioned “patriotic worship”. It is also hinted at in this article and in this article where it is made clear that patriotic songs such as the ones listed here are sung and they are ...
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How do Quakers know when to start and stop their church meetings?

Worship meetings of the Religious Society of Friends (or "Quakers") are spent in silence unless people are moved by the Holy Spirit to act. This seems clear enough, however, I do not understand how a ...
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Was the Roman Catholic Church responsible for the change of Sabbath to Sunday as day of rest?

Some historians--both Catholic and Protestants--make reference to Constantine, the emperor, circa 527, as paving the way for the Bishop of Rome as responsible for the change that historically took ...
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How do we know we aren't worshipping the same God? [closed]

How does a Catholic know that they are not worshiping the same God as someone who practices Islam or Judaism? Is there anything that concretely points to them being different past personal revelation?...
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What Scriptures are used to justify the belief that Christians of Denominations other than a specific one will be rejected by God?

In my studies of the Bible I have never found times when God has rejected the worship of anyone who worshipped him in sincerity. The only restrictions to worship other than worshipping in holiness as ...
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The question of graven images [duplicate]

It seems to me that people are having a serious problem defining what the Bible means in reference to the graven image, so I pose this question: if the Bible says not to create any graven images, then ...
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Why do some Pentecostal preachers claim that Lucifer was a worship leader?

Here in Brazil, there are some Pentecostal preachers who claim that Satan (Lucifer) was the "Minister of Praise in heaven" or the "ruler of the Celestial Choir". According to a Pentecostal ...
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Did Jesus say “worship me, I am God” [duplicate]

Is there a verse in the Bible states that Jesus himself said to his people that he is God and must be worshipped?
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What do Christians do on a Fasting day besides worshipping?

While Christians fast, do they only focus on worshipping God (such as bible reading and praying)? If they involve in any other activity besides worshipping God, would fasting be inefficient? What did ...
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What is the history of offertories?

Many churches take up tithes and offerings in the middle of a service, and many have an offeratory or music during that time of the service. I'm curious as to the history of this practice. It seems it ...
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Music Ministry in Evangelical Free Church of America

I have a desire to start a Music Ministry in an EFCA local assembly that sings to recorded Contemporary Praise and Worship music. How long should I be committed to this assembly before being allowed ...
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Is “Worship Pastor” a new term?

From Wikipedia article "Worship pastor" A Worship Pastor usually refers to a person in some Christian churches, largely in North America, who ministers within the church via music performance, ...
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Does the New Testament mention Christians worshipping the Holy Spirit?

The New Testament often mentions Christians worshipping God the Father, as well as His only-begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:23). However, does the New Testament mention Christians ...
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What kind of worship does God look for, for Salvation? [closed]

Through Gods word the bible, we are given commandments of what we shouldn't do and what we need to do in order to attain salvation. That last part is really what I'm focusing on. What does the New ...
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Did God create man to worship and praise Him? [closed]

I heard it many times from some Christians and even preachers that God created us to worship and praise Him. I think this idea came from the fact that Psalms contain many phrases like "Praise the Lord"...
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Commandment about idols and idolatry in OT

God continually tells people throughout the Hebrew Bible to not turn to idolatry. Exodus 20:4: “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven ...