Corporate worship is a time designated whether daily or weekly when Christians gathering to worship together as one body of Christ. By doing so, they are not only obeying God’s commandment to assemble with fellow Christians to worship. Also they show reference and gratitude to God for everything he has done. Bible Verses in Hebrews 10:25 say about gathering to worship together: “Do not forsake meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another and all the more as you see the day approaching.”
It’s always an awesome moment when you look down the row while in a church or Christian gathering and see people of all ages worshiping God in their own unique way. The scripture helps us to understand why worshiping God with other believers is essential. Bible Verses let us know about that fellowship is the place where believers can love one another (1 John 4:12), obtain spiritual growth and encourage one another (Hebrews 10:25).
Worship is celebrating God for who He is. So worship is a way of reaching God and telling Him we acknowledge Him as God over us. It’s also showing our desire to submit and obey His will. Gathering to worship together brings believers together as one family.
Worship should not only be on the outside but must come from a willing heart of true worshiper of God. Abraham was called the friend of God, he earns this great title not because he was too perfect but possessed a willing heart of worship (James 2:23) ready to sacrifice his only son to God. Worship could be in form of singing, preaching, giving or prayer as seen in the book of Psalms where King David wrote different inspirational worship Prayer to God. We pray during worship even though worship is more than just prayer. One of such worship prayer is seen below.
Worship Together Prayer
Oh Lord Jesus, we are here today to bless your name, please accept our worship and bless us. You reign over all and there is none like you in the world and the world to come. The earth shook and heavens drop in your presence oh God. We put our trust in you knowing that you will never leave neither forsake us. We will lift up our hands and voices to sing of your goodness and loving-kindness. Let our mouth be filled with your praise all the days of our lives, bless the LORD oh, my soul who has preserved us from all evil, our soul shall continually worship you and love thee forever. Amen
This worship prayer shows worshiper acknowledges God and gives total surrender to his will while trusting his word. God is also recognized as a sovereign being with mighty power over all he has created. Prayer is an effective way of communicating with heavenly father and talking to him like a child speaks with his earthly father.
Importance of Gathering to Worship Together with Other Believers
Today, many people worship one thing or the order whether consciously or unconsciously. People worship cars, money, position, power, football clubs, musicians, and some even worship deity. It really amazes me how people that claims to be Christian still fails to worship together with other believers in the church or any Christian gathering, forgetting that Corporate worship is a sign of a true believer and also a commandment of God for his children because he deserves it, desire it and will surely bless us for it. Aside from this, our participation during the fellowship and practicing of what we learn is indeed of a great importance for our spiritual growth. (Hebrews 10:24-25) says “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
It’s Biblical Mandated – Bible Verses about Gathering to Worship Together
Christian fellowship is a biblical order that we must follow. As a true believer that loves God and want to obey him, we must not depart from gathering with other believers of Christ. All Christian are one body of Christ, Hebrews 10:24-25 says, we must not forsake meeting together. By worshiping together with others in the church we are able to partake of the Lord’s Supper, according to 1 Corinthians 11:26 which is the public proclamation of the body and blood of the Lord Jesus.
It Helps Encourage Each Other
Christian fellowship helps many folks during the difficult period to stay fit and keep their faith strong despite the situation they might be going through. Likewise, a new converted Christian or believer will never reach full spiritual maturity without the assistance and encouragement of other believers (1 Corinthians 12:21-26). One main important of Christian gathering is to encourage and help one another as one body in Christ. Worship should edify believers, that is, whatever a Christian say or do should help others to be a stronger Christian not offending one another.
It Keeps us Stronger
When God’s children are gathering to worship together, they stay stronger as fellowship gives strength to the weak and sick ones among us. It is a great avenue to learn and grow in our faith. When the world seems to turn against us leaving us in a difficult situation, this could lead to fall of many if care is not taken. Corporate worship helps us to keep track and stay fit through the hearing of God’s words, prayers of the saint and testimonies of others. The book of Matthew 18:19-20 says “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them”. God’s spirit binds us together as one during worship.
Corporate Worship Helps to Understand Bible Verses
During worship with others that share our faith, we listen to the scriptures and word of God through the preacher. The word is broken down to our understanding while the listeners applied it to their daily life. Likewise, we are able to interact with spiritual leaders or fellow Christian. This helps us get to know more about things that are not clear to us concerning the scriptures. It however important to always pay attention to church sermon and jot down what we learn from the scripture. After the corporate worship experience, believers must ensure that they practice what they were singing, praying, and preaching. This helps to be closer to Christ.
Many Benefits are Attached to Gathering to Worship Together
Aside from honoring and glorifying God through worship, there are many benefits that come along when Christians worship together. Worship usher worshipers to God’s presence forgetting anything else while the main focus is totally on him. It creates a sense of being nearer to our maker. In corporate worship, we receive spiritual blessings, grace and feel great joy in our heart. It helps grows our faith in Christ, strengthens our mind while it removes doubt and gives us strong hope. It reminds us of eternal life in Christ, the reason we must keep moving on the Christian race. Worship is contagious and this can lead to a non-believer attending a church service surrendering to Christ after a divine encounter.
Importance of Corporate Worship
For many Christians their week is incomplete without Sunday service which is regarded as the first day of the week. The blessing proclamation the church normally share at the end of the worship alone means a lot. Corporate worship act as a food for the soul. It’s just like the fuel that helps move cars to its destination. Corporate worship brings unity and touches the heart of God when his children worship him in truth and spirit. Although going to church does not make one a Christian. True believer will always desire to be in the gathering of other believers. Worship is a lifestyle all Christian must embrace. True worship is knowing the worth of God and accepts to give him the best of everything you have. So give to God your time, talent, money, and your deeds just like Abraham and many apostles during their time. Let’s worship together!
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