Many attend church out of habit or because it is expected of them. Sadly, some return home not having obtained the blessing that God intended for them to have during this weekly convocation. Here are five ways you can get more from your worship experience.
1) Understand Who you are worshipping
Church is not a weekly social club. Yes, it is a gathering place where we can meet with those of like faith but we are also there for a much higher purpose. We attend church to worship God. If we have somehow changed the reason for why we go to church, then it is likely we will not get out of it what we are expecting. God deserves our worship. Worship is a response. God initiates worship by placing it upon our hearts to come into His presence. We in turn respond as we corporately assemble and given Him praise and honor. If God is not the object of our worship, then true worship does not exist.
2) Attend regularly
This might seem obvious, yet it stands to reason that if you do not attend church you will not receive the blessings there that the Lord has for you. Yes, worship can be both public and private and there are some in your church family who for various reasons may not be able to attend, but as much as possible, make it your desire to go to church. At creation, God designed a 7-day week for mankind. We are to complete our work in six days and then on the seventh day we rest and honor Him. The apostle Paul encourages us to come together to honor the Lord, to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, to give praise and to pray with one another (Eph. 5:19).
3) Participate in the service
Determine to be a more than a pew warmer, a person who comes to church, sits down and does little else. There is little if anything you can gain from the worship service if you don’t put something into it. Most services allow many opportunities to participate, including singing hymns, giving testimonies, reading Scriptures, praying and sharing. Offer the use of your God-given gifts and talents to help enhance the service. Be prepared for participating in the service by studying God’s word throughout the week and taking time each day to commune with God. As you develop a closer relationship with your heavenly Father, you will find that participating in the service becomes more natural and spontaneous.
4) Don’t expect that there is only one way to “do worship”
God wants us to worship Him from the heart. The Bible tells us that we must worship God in “spirit and in truth” (John 4:24)). There may be many different forms and styles of worship that are acceptable to Him. Some churches have very contemporary services and others are more traditional. Some have both types of services. Because we are all different we may have a preference for which worship style we prefer. However, in whatever way you worship God it is most important to let your worship be heartfelt and sincere.
5 ) Invite others to your church
One of the best things you can do is invite others to share in the worship experience with you. The Christian heart is a heart of giving and sharing. There are many in today’s world that do not know the love of Jesus or perhaps once attended church but now have fallen away. The care and concern you show them can make a positive impact on their lives as well as your own.
Any time spent in corporate worship is truly time well spent. If you go to church expecting a blessing and are prepared to share in the worship experience, and you will certainly a blessing
All Scriptures references are from the King James Version of the Bible