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Do We Worship in Church?

Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:47 pm
by Homer
Quote by Carl Ketcherside in "Deep Roots", 1966:

"...nothing which we do when we assemble on the Lord's Day is ever referred to as "worship" in the new covenant scriptures."

Ketcherside's point in the article was that to the earliest Christians all of their life was to be lived as worship and there was no distinction made between the sacred and the spiritual. Worship does not happen only in assembly. When Jesus fed the 5,000 He worshipping God as much as when he gave the bread and wine in instituting the Lord's supper. We worship God when we are a good employee, when we help our neighbor, when we pray, when we study the scriptures alone or together, etc.

Re: Do We Worship in Church?

Posted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:06 pm
by Paidion
The Greek word that is translated as "worship" is"προσκυνεω" (proskuneō), a compound word derived from the preposition "προς" (pros) and the verb
"κυνεω" (kuneō).

The Greek word "προς" (pros) means "toward" or sometimes "at" and the word "κυνεω" (kuneō) though not found in the New Testament is probably derived from "κυων" (kuōn)—"dog" and means "to lick like a dog at."

So if we "lick like a dog at" the One whom we worship, this seems to imply fondness for that One, as well as humility in the presence of that One, and perhaps obedience as well.