Worship Service

Posted: August 19, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Many people view the book of Nehemiah as a case study in project management. Nehemiah knew the need in Jerusalem was for the walls to be rebuilt. He used his position as cupbearer to King Artaxerxes to initiate, fund, organize, and direct the rebuilding of the walls. He overcame opposition from within and from outsiders, and finished the project ahead of schedule (Nehemiah 6:15). However, the book of Nehemiah is more than a story of Nehemiah’s accomplishments. It’s the story of who God is and His accomplishments. 

After the wall was completed, the people gathered in the square before the Water Gate. Ezra stood on a wooden platform that was built for this occasion so that all the people could see and hear him better. He opened the Book of the Law of Moses and read from it. Then he taught clearly from the book so that people understood the reading. The people answered, “Amen, Amen.” And they worshiped with hands lifted up and heads bowed down. (Nehemiah 8:5-8). All of this sounds similar to a modern worship service–with the exception that our services don’t last half a day (Nehemiah 9:3).

Additionally, after the reading and preaching, there was a time for confession and

worship. In chapter 9, we see that the people stood in order to “bless the LORD your God from everlasting to everlasting.” They praised God for being the only God, the creator, and the object of worship in Heaven. He is the Righteous Lord who called Abraham; who made a covenant and kept his promises. God made a name for Himself for His glory. He rescued people and sustained them because He is a merciful God. 

What are the elements that every church worship service must have? 

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Here are four things I would include: 

  1. The Word of God clearly read.
  2. Preaching.
  3. Worship,blessing the name of the Lord God.
  4. A reminder of who God is and what He has done for his people. 

     Nehemiah 9:17 “But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them.” 
     

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