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True Worshipers of God Series

hands raised in praise
Session 1: Foundations of Worship
Dan Gardner


In reference to John 4:24, part of the Truth we are to worship God in is the truth that His Scripture declares.
God desires wholeness in our spirit, soul, and body.
“May your spirit, soul and body be kept strong and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah.” I Thessalonians 5:23

1. SPIRIT - pneuma
The eternal, God conscious spirit in a man. It has been made alive, renewed in Jesus Christ.

2. SOUL - psuche
Between the spirit and body. The character and personality of a man. Here are the will, mind, emotions, intellect. The soul is aware of deeper things than we experience by our senses. God has placed reasoning capabilities in us.

3. BODY - soma
The flesh that houses the spirit and soul. It responds to its environment through the five senses.

It’s been put this way:

The SPIRIT is God-conscious.

The SOUL is self-conscious.

The BODY is sense-conscious.

Worship is designed to involve our whole being...spirit, soul, and body.
Just as the Lord ministers to our whole man, he desires us to minister through our whole man.

“For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and
have no confidence in the flesh.” Philemon 3:3
“My spirit doth rejoice in God my Savior.” Luke 1:47
“God is spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24

“My soul doth magnify the Lord.” Luke 1:47
“Bless the Lord, O my soul.” Psalm 103:1

“My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let ALL FLESH bless His Holy Name forever
and ever.” Psalm 145:21
“I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth.” Psalm 109:30

As we will study in coming sessions, we are encouraged in scripture to “lift up holy hands”, “clap our hands”,“shout with a voice of triumph”, and a number of other “physical” expressions of praise and worship.

Worship starts in spirit (but must be expressed),
changes our emotion and understanding in mind,
released in a pure expression of love (singing, bowing, lifting...)

Worship is...

stimulated in SPIRIT,
experienced in SOUL,
demonstrated in BODY.

Body form without spirit and mental participation is ritual.

We can go through all the right motions and totally miss God.

Downloads of the Month

This month we're sharing with you not one but TWO packages:

The Worship Package of another of Dan's great worship songs (and one of my personal favorites), Lord, I Come Before You, AND...

Last year's 26 Quick Picks lists, packaged in a zip file for your convenience.

The Worship Package of Lord, I Come Before You includes: a Windows Media audio file, Lead Sheets in A and Bb for 3-part Worship Team, Lyrics & Chords for Guitar in G and A, and a Lyrics Sheet for your convenience.

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This is the fourth installment of Pastor Daniel Gardner's series, True Worshipers of God. For this complete series on audio, go to WorshipToonz on this page. You can also find much of Dan's music, recorded and published, on this page. Each song has its own audio and leadsheet demos.
John Watilo and Heart of Praise

John has been on the Christian music scene for at least 20 years, and has music offerings in a variety of styles, both Christian and secular. By vocation a software developer, his real passion is music and ministry.

Be sure to check out Mirror Mirror, which took the first runner up award in the Dallas Songwriters Association 2004 song competition and also won first place in the 2005 Pacific Songwriting Competition's spiritual category!.

Browse to his Christian worship band site, Heart of Praise, which offers online mp3s and Chord Sheets of John and the group's music. The site also offers a library of Lyrics & Chords sheets of praise and worship music for free download.

Vol. I No. 4
July 23, 2006
John Watilo
Site Spotlight
Worship Leader

Songwriter, Producer

Put this site on your radar! Packed with info, links, songwriters, tips, and downloads for songwriters.

Spend some time at the Christian Songwriter's Network. Soundclick Stations in various Christian genres, a forum, even a listing of 75 Christian sites arranged by daily pageviews.

Be sure to look over the resources and tools on the home page. If you're doing some songwriting yourself, you can communicate with other writers at the forum, or in any of the discussion groups listed on the home page.

Go there...

Quick Picks for Your Planning

Each week WorshipToonz posts a new QuickPicks Worship List, one of the ways we try to help you in your worship music planning. Below is our current list, from Zion Christian Church in Troy, MI. See other lists for download on this page at WorshipToonz.

List of the Week, July 23, 2006

Lyrics & Chords in F F Let It Rise Holland Davis 2240585
Lyrics & Chords in Ab,Bb G Victory Chant
(Hail Jesus
You're My King)
Joseph Vogels 23873
Lead Sheet
Rock of Ages Rita Baloche 2240547
Lead Sheet preview in D G I Worship You Almighty God Sondra Corbett-Wood 20807
Lyrics only C Still Reuben Morgan 3940963
Lyrics only C Pour My Love On You Dan Dean/Gary Sadler
Lyrics & Chords Am Let It Rain Michael Farren/
artist:Michael W. Smith
Lyrics & Chords (free registration required to view) D Friend of God Israel Houghton/
Michael Gungor

Introducing WorshipToolz

WorshipToolz, our sister site, gets into the details of philosophy for developing our Worship Packages. You'll also find links to each of our previous WorshipToonz News on the site.


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