Biblical Principles of Worship

1. Doxological Worship:  God’s glory, and our joyful celebration of it in worship, should be the focus and goal of all life and ministry.

Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Cor. 10:31)

 2. Theocentric Worship:  Worship is first and foremost for God.

“Worship God.”  (Revelation 19:10; 22:9)

 3. Dialogical Worship:  Worship is a dialogue between God and His people, a rhythm of revelation and response.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised. (Psalm 96:4)

 4. Word-Saturated Worship:  The Word must be central in our worship.

Praise Him according to His excellent greatness. (Psalm 150:2)

 5. Participatory Worship:  Worship is the responsibility of all of God’s people.

So we Your people and the sheep of Your pasture will give thanks to You forever. (Psalm 79:13)

 6. Christ-Led Worship:  Our worship is acceptable in and through Christ our High Priest.

In the midst of the assembly I will sing Your praise.” (Hebrews 2:12)

7. Spirit-Enabled Worship:  Our response of worship is enabled, motivated and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

We are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh.(Philippians 3:3)

 8. Whole-Life Worship:  Worship is the response of our entire lives to God.

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. (Romans 12:1)

9. Heart Worship:  God is much more concerned with our heart than with the form of our worship.

I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice.” (Hosea 6:6)

 10. Edifying Worship:  Worship should promote the unity and edification of the body.

Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6)

11. Trans-Generational Worship:  Young and old need each other in the Body of Christ.

Young men and maidens, old men and children: Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted. (Psalm 148:12-13; cf. Tit 2:2-8))

 12. Taught Worship:  These things must be taught and re-taught.

Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more.                   (1 Thessalonians 4:1)

Ron Man, Worship Resources International

NOTE: An expanded form of this treatment may be found on the Articles page at


8 responses to “Biblical Principles of Worship


    April 20, 2012 at 4:12 am

    Brother Ron, Your seminar in Timisoara was God’s blessing for me. It was an inspiration and confirmation that “from Him and through Him, and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen!” I have been yearning for such a message that makes God the core of our worship, and recognize that music is a “servant” not a master! I am thankful to God for such ministers like you who willingly recognized Him the Master and the Source and the Initiator of everything in the universe! Glory to Him! And to be honest I wouldn’t have been so impressed by the whole message without your personal touch of conveying the message. Of course, by this remark I also have a reason to praise God for what He achieved in you! I was sorry I couldn’t stay till the end of the last session, but I watched the video, and again I had to be thankful to God for the summary you came with in conclusion of all the three evening lectures. Indeed, talking, singing, preaching about God is one step of faith, but doing all those to God and through Him is something He expects from His own people. He is a gelous God! Thank you for that! I will share that with the people of my prayer group and pray that God will enlarge our territory! God bless you according to His riches! This is I would have said to you, verbally, before you left. Now you have the written blessing, so it will stay longer, as the Latins say: “scripta manet”. I also wished I could find some song recordings of the First Evangelical Church Memphis. I read the Palm Worship Bulletin, and noticed the classic repertoir of Rimski-Korsakov Prelude, and Borodin’s, and the traditional evangelical songs like Amazing Grace, It is well, etc. I wished I had also the audio or video recording because I couldn’t find any. Anyway, don’t bother to give me the links. I have already tried to find some of the songs I didn’t know, by their titles.
    I’ve also started to read your book on Proclamation and Praise, and noticed the dedication. So impressive to thank the people who led you to the present understanding you have of your Christian faith and especially relationship with God. There were also in my life people who could get such gratitude for being God’s instruments to lead me to a deeper understanding of God and how He can reveal to me. I thank the Lord that you are also among them because you simply passed it on. And so be it, with many more who receive this message, to His glory! Amen!

    • ronmanwri

      August 24, 2015 at 9:40 pm


      Hope you are well. Came across your kind note tonight, and wanted to let you know that there are now available online some videos of special holiday services at our church:

      God bless!

  2. Oliver Soza

    June 6, 2013 at 7:54 am

    I thank you for this staff for praise and worship

  3. Bridgelal Seenath

    July 23, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I must highly commend you all on making all the notes available online as this is very helpful for both revision and teaching classes. I earned my doctorate at Liberty University where Dr. Ron lectured. I am so thrilled that I can continue learning from him.

  4. Gezahegn Mussie

    August 24, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Dear Ron,

    God bless you for very helpful teachings on the most important topics of Christian theology. Keep up this wonderful job of edifying the Body of Christ worldwide.

  5. ojetola olatunji

    September 29, 2015 at 10:31 am


  6. Yani Conteh

    March 14, 2019 at 1:51 pm



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