The Church, Worship

Worship: What Is It, and What Isn’t It?

Christians lifting hands during a church worship service

In a recent social media post, we made some quick observations about what true worship is and what it’s not. It’s really short and it provides some insight into our own approach to congregational worship music at Firm Foundation, so we decided to share it here:

“Jesus said that true worshippers of God are those who worship “in spirit and in truth” (Jn. 4.24). In other words, true worship isn’t a feeling or an experience, but a sincere, from-the-heart response of adoration and reverence to the truths of who God is and what he has done. When it comes to worship at Firm Foundation, we’re not seeking an experience, styles, outward forms, or artificial preferences for ‘new vs. old’. Instead, we want to be those who are moved to respond rightly to the person and work of our great God.”

“True worship isn’t a feeling or an experience, but a sincere, from-the-heart response of adoration and reverence to the truths of who God is and what he has done.”

church leaders Pastor Tony

About the Author

Tony de la Riva is an elder and pastor at Firm Foundation Bible Church and is earning an MDiv at The Master’s Seminary. He is originally from Fresno County, CA, and he and his wife Beki have been married since 2007 and have four children. More from Tony ⟶

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