God has revealed in his Word that four types of worship exist.

First, there is corporate worship in which believers gather in the morning and evening on Sundays to give to the Lord glory and honor. Christians worship the Lord by singing the Bible, praying the Bible, reading the Bible, hearing the Bible preached, and seeing the Bible in the Sacraments (Ps. 29:1-2; Heb. 10:24-25, 12:28-29). Corporate worship is the centerpiece of the Christian's life and the chief means by which the Lord saves his people and makes them holy (Ps. 87:2; Rom. 10:17; and John 17:17). In fact, all the other types of worship flow from and are enriched by corporate worship.

Second, there is private worship in which believers enter into "their prayer closet" to commune with the Lord by praying to Him and reading the Scriptures. This is also a good time to study, memorize, and meditate upon Scripture as well as to sing your favorite hymns. Jesus as recorded in Matthew 6:6 stated, "But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."

Third, there is family worship in which Christian families gather around the table or on the couch to worship the Lord. Usually, the husband/father of these families leads those under his care in the learning and singing of hymns, the reading and memorizing of Scripture, all kinds of prayer, and in memorizing a catechism. Family worship is one practical way to fulfill the Lord's commands in Deuteronomy 6:6-7 and is modeled in Scripture by the likes of Job, David, and Timothy's mother (Job 1:5; 2 Sam. 6-18-20; and 2 Tim. 3:14-15).

Finally, there is all-of-life worship in which believers seek to honor the Lord by living the kind of life that shows the realness of God, Christ, and the Gospel. Paul in Romans 12:1 wrote, "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." Additionally, he stated in 1 Corinthians 10:31, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."

Believers, in obedience to God's Word, seek to incorporate into their lives these four kinds of worship and strive to grow in their practice of them. Simply put, believers need all four types of worship.

For our current bulletin with our order of corporate worship at Winner OPC, click here. Additionally, the spiritual helps on the right of our page have resources to help you mature in your practice of private and family worship.