Worship as the Ultimate Act
This is an excerpt from an excellent article written by Ed Stetzer at edstetzer.com about the the importance and ultimate act of worship.
Worship is a Transformative Experience
In a sense, the gospel is an effort to point people from the worship of self toward the worship of God. Jesus, after all, talks about the difference between false worship and true worship.
Something special happens when a believer worships “in spirit and in truth.” When a person is made new in Christ, he or she begins to understand the transformative effect of true worship.
LifeWay Research conducted a study about the impact of worship and the influence it has on our walk with Christ and our ability to grow as a follower of Christ. LifeWay Research’s Transformational Church Research Project showed that of all churches that were seeing regular, consistent transformation in the lives of people who made up those churches, more than 75 percent either strongly or moderately agreed that they see evidence of God changing lives as a direct result of their worship services or their worship experiences.
That is a significant number. And it’s because worship is a significant part of personal spiritual transformation, as well as a significant part of growing a healthy church. The impact of our mission will be no greater than the honesty of our worship.
So, not only is worship historically understood as the ultimate act of the human experience, but research supports the idea that worship matters.
Most importantly, though, Scripture indicates to us that worship is an ultimate experience. First Chronicles 16:25 tells us that “The Lord is great and is greatly to be praised. And He is to be feared above all other gods.”
Scripture teaches, and research affirms, that worship is most significant in the life of the believer and in the life of the church.
Worship is a central and transformative practice in the life of the believer.