In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for worship that is mainly used is שחה (shachah), which is defined as “to bow down or prostrate oneself.” A common word for praise is הלל (halal), meaning “to shine or boast.” In the New Testament, the main Greek word for worship is “προσκυνεω” (proskuneo), which is defined as “to kiss the hand (as a dog licking his master’s hand) in allegiance or reverence.” Praise is usually the word επαινος (epainos), meaning “commendation or approval.”
With this Biblical background, we can gain an idea of shining forth, boasting, and declaring the commendation, due reverence and allegiance to an amazing and loving God. Worship is not limited to musical worship, but it does include musical worship. Praise and worship via music is not commanded by the Lord in Scripture, but the believer in Jesus is exhorted to praise Him with music (Psalm 149 and 150, for example). For this reason, musical worship is not considered by Shoreline Calvary Chapel to be a necessary sacrament, but rather it is an act encouraged by Scripture that Shoreline Calvary Chapel seeks to regularly perform when possible. Success for this ministry is defined as praise and worship of the Lord through music in a manner that is Biblically prescribed and in a form that is safe for all involved.
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