Northside Baptist Church
                                                                  Denham Springs, LA

Love God .   Love People .  Reach the World .

Worship 
Prayer, Music, Scripture Reading, & more. . .

Our Mission                                    

       The goal of the music & worship ministry at Northside Baptist Church is to:

Glorify God - 

We desire to reflect God's glory.

Edify One Another - 

We desire to remember His word.

Proclaim the Gospel- 

We desire to share the gospel with others.

Upcoming Events:
  • Please see the calendar below or refer to the handout that you recieved at the beginning of the semester.
We Need Your Help!
Feel welcome to join in worship here at Northside Baptist Church. If you are a member, there are several ways to get involved in the NBC worship ministry: the adult choir, praise team, handbell choir, men's ensemble, the children's choir, or as an instrumentalist. All of these areas are comprised of volunteers from our church body. If interested, contact the worship department.

Together we will work to live a life that is worthy of our Creator. 
We seek to praise Him in all that we do.
 We seek to grow by His word, as it teaches and encourages us. 
Most of all, we seek to plant a seed within the lost, leading to the creation of new worshippers.
Let all that you do glorify Him.

"Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise unto the rock of our salvation!" 
-Psalm 95:1

*No previous musical knowledge required
 

What Is Worship?                        

Difference Between Praise & Worship

     The meaning of the New Testament Greek word most often translated “worship” (proskuneo) is “to fall down before” or “bow down before.” Worship is a state (an attitude) of spirit. Since it’s an internal, individual action, it could/should be done most of the time (or all the time) in our lives, regardless of place or situation (John 4:21). Therefore, Christians worship all the time, seven days a week. When Christians formally gather together in worship, still the emphasis should be on individually worshiping the Lord. Even in a congregation, participants need to be aware that they are worshiping God fully on an individual basis.

     The nature of Christian worship is from the inside out and has two equally important parts. We must worship “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24). Worshiping in the spirit has nothing to do with our physical posture. It has to do with our innermost being and requires several things. First, we must be born again. Without the Holy Spirit residing within us, we cannot respond to God in worship because we do not know Him. “No one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:11b). The Holy Spirit within us is the one who energizes worship because He is in essence glorifying Himself, and all true worship glorifies God.

     Second, worshiping in spirit requires a mind centered on God and renewed by Truth. Paul exhorts us to “present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Romans 12:1b,2b). Only when our minds are changed from being centered on worldly things to being centered on God can we worship in spirit. Distractions of many kinds can flood our minds as we try to praise and glorify God, hindering our true worship.

     Third, we can only worship in spirit by having a pure heart, open and repentant. When King David’s heart was filled with guilt over his sin with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11), he found it impossible to worship. He felt that God was far from him, and he “groaned all day long” feeling God’s hand heavy upon him (Psalm 32:3,4). But when he confessed, fellowship with God was restored and worship and praise poured forth from him. He understood that “the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart” (Psalm 51:17). Praise and worship toward God cannot come from hearts filled with unconfessed sin.

     The second part of true worship is worship “in truth.” All worship is a response to truth, and that which is truth is contained in the Word of God. Jesus said to His Father, “Thy word is truth” (John 17:17b).Psalm 119says, “Thy law is truth” (v. 142b) and “Thy word is true” (v. 160a). To truly worship God, we must understand who He is and what He has done, and the only place He has fully revealed Himself is in the Bible. Worship is an expression of praise from the depths of our hearts toward a God who is understood through His Word. If we do not have the truth of the Bible, we do not know God and we cannot be truly worshiping.

     Understanding the difference between praise and worship can bring a new depth to the way we honor the Lord. Throughout the Bible, the commands to "praise the Lord" are too numerous to mention. Angels and the heavenly hosts are commanded to praise the Lord (Psalm 89:5;103:20;148:2). All inhabitants of the earth are instructed to praise the Lord (Psalm 138:4;Romans 15:11). We can praise Him with singing (Isaiah 12:5;Psalm 9:11), with shouting (Psalm 33:1;98:4), with the dance (Psalm 150:4), and with musical instruments (1 Chronicles 13:8;Psalm 108:2;150:3-5).

     Praise is the joyful recounting of all God has done for us. It is closely intertwined with thanksgiving as we offer back to God appreciation for His mighty works on our behalf. Praise is universal and can be applied to other relationships as well. We can praise our family, friends, boss, or paperboy. Praise does not require anything of us. It is merely the truthful acknowledgment of the righteous acts of another. Since God has done many wonderful deeds, He is worthy of praise (Psalm 18:3).

     Worship, however, comes from a different place within our spirits. Worship should be reserved for God alone (Luke 4:8). Worship is the art of losing self in the adoration of another. Praise can be a part of worship, but worship goes beyond praise. Praise is easy; worship is not. Worship gets to the heart of who we are. To truly worship God, we must let go of our self-worship. We must be willing to humble ourselves before God, surrender every part of our lives to His control, and adore Him for who He is, not just what He has done. Worship is a lifestyle, not just an occasional activity. Jesus said the Father is seeking those who will worship Him "in spirit and in truth" (John 4:23).

     In Scripture, praise is usually presented as boisterous, joyful, and uninhibited. God invites praise of all kinds from His creation. Jesus said that if people don't praise God, even the "stones will cry out" (Luke 19:40). When the Bible mentions worship, however, the tone changes. We read verses like, "Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness" (Psalm 96:9). And, "Come let us worship and bow down" (Psalm 95:6). Often, worship is coupled with the act of bowing or kneeling, which shows humility and contrition (2 Chronicles 29:28;Hebrews 11:21;Revelation 19:10). It is through true worship that we invite the Holy Spirit to speak to us, convict us, and comfort us. Through worship, we realign our priorities with God's and acknowledge Him once more as the rightful Lord of our lives.

     Just as praise is intertwined with thanksgiving, worship is intertwined with surrender. It is impossible to worship God and anything else at the same time (Luke 4:8). The physical acts often associated with worship—bowing, kneeling, lifting hands—help to create the necessary attitude of humility required for real worship. Wise worship leaders know how to structure a worship service to allow participants to both praise and worship the Lord. Often, services begin with joyous praise songs and transition to a quieter, more introspective opportunity for worship.

     Worship is an attitude of the heart. A person can go through the outward motions and not be worshiping (Psalm 51:16-17;Matthew 6:5-6). God sees the heart, and He desires and deserves sincere, heartfelt praise and worship.

Contact the worship department at: 


(225) 664-3161

 
 

Resources on Biblical Worship: