What is Worship?
“Definition of worship by Merriam-Webster
Entry 1 of 2)
: to honor or show reverence for as a divine being or supernatural power
: to perform or take part in worship or an act of worship
Definition of worship (Entry 2 of 2)
: reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power
also : an act of expressing such reverence
: a form of religious practice with its creed and ritual”
Is not limited to just singing.
Worship includes reading Scriptures out loud,
praying, fellowship, teaching & preaching the Word of God.
When government limits Church Worship, they are actually limiting all of forms of Worship.
“But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.” So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened. For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old.”
Acts 4:17-22 ESV
“And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.””
Acts 5:27-28 ESV
“But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.””
Acts 5:29-32 ESV
I wrote this on 7/18/2020,
May not be complete but still relevant.