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When it comes to discussing worship one verse that is used often is John 4:23

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. John 4:23 (NIV)

True worship comes from our entire being. Everything we are gets involved in it. When we truly love someone we want to please that person in every way can. Loving and worshipping God requires these four areas of our lives; Heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Then one of the scribes came up and listened to them disputing with one another, and, noticing that Jesus answered them fitly and admirably, he asked Him, Which commandment is first and most important of all (in its nature)?

29Jesus answered, The first and principal one of all commands is: Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God is one Lord;

30And you shall love the Lord your God out of and with your whole heart and out of and with all your soul (your life) and out of and with all your mind (with your faculty of thought and your moral understanding) and out of and with all your strength. This is the first and principal commandment. Mark 12:28-30 (AMP)

Heart

In the bible the word heart primarily points to the human will- that amazing and terrifying power of choice with which God has designed us. We can see this in verses such as Psalm 119:2 "Happy are those who keep His decrees who seek Him with their whole heart." Paul demonstrates this understanding of the word when he admonishes Christian slaves to do "the will of God from the heart" Ephesians 6:6. The biblical authors envision the heart as primarily as the place where human intention resides.

Although we usually think of the heart in terms of our feeling, in present-day evangelistic settings , we often invite people to "accept Jesus with your heart." By this, we are describing not an emotion but a concrete response of the will. Sometimes in the Bible, the word heart is simply meant to point to the deepest part of the human experience or consciousness. But especially when combined with words such as soul and mind, it is clear that Jesus used the heart in this context to describe our ability to decide and choose.

Soul

Most people in society today, including many believers, use the term soul to describe a nonmaterial reality that comprises the immortal identity of individuals and survives physical death. This is essentially a Greek anthropology and is found nowhere in the Bible. The biblical writers use the term soul in various ways but primarily to describe the emotional aspect of human nature. We see this in passages such as Psalm35:9 "Then my soul shall rejoice in the Lord, exulting in His deliverance." and in Psalm 42:11, "Why are you cast down, oh my soul and why are you disquieted within me?" We see the same idea reflected in our modern use of the term psychological, which is based upon the Greek word for the soul, psuche.

Sometimes the word soul in the bible points to the deeper aspects of human existence. Sometimes it is paired with heart in a parallel structure rather than in contrast. However, when Jesus used the term soul along with mind, body, and heart, He was pointing to the vast range of our emotional experiences.

Mind

In modern culture we tend to think of the mind as a computer- an organ that stores, processes, retrieves information. However, the biblical writers use the term mind to describe not just our ability to process information but also a consciousness that enables us to derive meaning and wisdom from that information. This biblical view of the mind emphasizes "knowing" which is both fact based and rational.

The naive modern assumption that brainpower could somehow solve the deepest problems of human existence has been discredited by the atrocities of the past century. In post modern culture of the twenty-first century there is a tendency to see the mind as a network that connects and interprets the various aspects of human experience and leads us towards deeper meaning. This is very similar to the biblical writers’ use of the term mind. When Solomon asks for wisdom, God responds, "I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you" 1 Kings 3:12. Paul describes Christian unity as being "of one mind" Philippians 2:2 and Christian maturity as gaining "the mind of Christ" 1 Corinthians 2:16. When Jesus calls us to love God with or "mind," He is talking about a cognitive function that leads to us to a spiritual meaning.

Strength

In scripture, sometimes strength refers to personal determination, other times to moral conviction, but it is most often connected to the physical aspect of human existence. Proverbs 20:29 uses the word describe the aging process of the body; "The glory of youths is their strength, but the beauty of the aged is their gray hair." Sometimes lack of physical strength is described; "My strength fails because of misery, and my bones waste away." Psalm 31:10 Even when physical strength is used as a spiritual metaphor, physical images are used ; "But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

When Jesus calls us to love God with all we are, He not only includes our will, our emotions, and our intellect, but He also puts all these aspects of our humanity in the context of our physical bodies. To love God with all your strength means to allow your body to give expression to the thoughts, feelings, and decisions that reflect the response to the whole person of God.

 

Biblical Term       Human Trait       Response In Worship

Heart                   Volitional             What we choose

Soul                     Emotional            What we feel

Mind                    Intellectual           What we think

Stength                Physical               What we do   

 

Portions taken from the book Experiential Worship by Bob Rognlien 

 

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Comments on: "Worshipping With All Your Being" (33)

  1. hey Gerry! Thanks for dropping by! lol, yes the big day is coming soon. I thikn there is only about 72 days left!! the little one might even come sooner… but I am hoping not. I am getting closer to 10000 thanks. But anyway I have to go 😀 I am going to make brownies for the new neighbours and then I got some housework to do. I have you n my prayers! God bless and take care.

  2. You are a fool to belive in a object that is not real . This so called god if a fools way to make people feel bad for other people. Their is nothing out thier that decides what we do or what we are or what happens to use when we die. I have the answer for everyone of what will happen to them when they die, they will be buries six feet under the surface of the earth. that is all you foolish people.

  3. Mr_Moo9,You kind of sound like the Wicked Witch from the Wizard of Oz. Maybe you could throw in some evil cackling just to add some more effect."that is all you foolish people"I guess it takes one to know one. Good luck with your theory!Jason

  4. The truth is out there somewhere.Actually, the truth is in your heart. Which is what you have been carrying around for your entire life. That out there is in here. In your heart. We are all are connected more than we know. We can comprehend it we just don\’t trust it. Because our heads are in the sand. If all life stopped on earth tomorrow it would be ok. Because I spent the day with Jesus and so did you becasue he is God. And you know that inside. I don\’t feel any different I just feel at peace.I tried hard today to make people smile and laugh I even tried to bring hope to some. I made a conscious effort to love everyone. I think I did a good job. I pray that tomorrow will bring maraculous things. Don\’t push too hard in the wilderness you will get hurt.PeaceDarren

  5. Greensboro NC Christian said:

    Gerry,Press on brother. I linked to your site today. Joel

  6. Hi Gerry!!! Here\’s a site with lots of good graphics I think you\’d like http://www.angelfire.com/va2/cag2/banners.htmlHope you\’re having a great day!Kim

  7. i was here

  8. I apologize for those individuals who make petty arguments against you. There is as much evidence for the existance of gos as there is against. But I would have you hear me out: If indeed god exists, as i believe to be the case, logicaly the world and all thats in it must be perfect. I belive it is so. And therefore i belive the best way to improve the world is to let other people live as they see fit. I believe it is inevitable. Allah wills it. You live in a small mind in capable of grasping truth for life. Blindly you move. I move forward into a world each day filled with those who do not see truth. Yet i feel no true need to change their beliefs. And unless you are using the image of god for your own ends, neither should you.

  9. Just like to say I have enjoyed visting your space

  10. El guya CommentoYes God did create a perfect world but sin destroyed it. We now live in a sinful and fallen world who\’s only salvation is through Jesus Christ and no other.

  11. Your space is truly inspiring. Thank you for believing.

  12. I\’m extremely impressed that you\’ve studied enough to learn about the nature of the "soul" in Christianity. I encourage you to also look into the nature of Lucifer as well as Satan and Hell and Eternity and how they got in there as well!If you\’re interested, you\’ll find what I\’m talking about. If you\’re not, doesn\’t matter. You seem to have a strong grasp on worship and I encourage you to continue to share with others what you truly feel it is all about. Your feelings seem authentic, and that is what is important.

  13. Thrash_DominationYou will get no answer until you can talk politely. In the meantime you\’ve been reported to MSN for spamming and language.

  14. pooleI accidently deleted your comment. I apoligize.

  15. herr_milanThe fact is that those that don\’t know Christ are under the wrath of God. God cannot bless them. My only hope is that they come to that saving knowledge and thereby come into His blessing. By the way you also have been reported for spam.

  16. Hello i was just wondering (since you have so much to say) what do you think about Homosexuality.

  17. Tod9Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.1 Corinthians 6:9-10That\’s where I stand

  18. do you believe in Saints? or the possibility that anyone can be one.

  19. Im sorry if my last comment was a bit vulgar but the question was serious. here it is again….What would you do if your son was gay?

  20. Hi gabbers_squirrelIf you have a born again relationship with Jesus Christ, a saint is what you are. If you noticein the book of Acts whenever they were talking about saints, it was to living people. "Lord," Ananias answered, "I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. Acts 9:13And in RomansFor Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.Romans 15:26Those are just a few of the many verses. If you do a search you\’ll find many more.Take care

  21. Anthony and TodI would love him and pray for him.

  22. Hiya..II just want o say I thihnk your sapce is so truley inspireing. You are..amazing. I have some questioins..and a couple of comments. Umm.. a couple of my quesdtions are : Is there an actual Satan..? And does he have advocates and Demons undewr his control? Has our Lord forsaken us Pastor? I want to know.. Has he? Look at all the war and poverty… and all the disaster. Thank you for creating this site Sir. I come to it for comfort and helpwhen I need it. Devin

  23. Hi DevinYes the devil is real and he does have demons that are under his control. But Jesus defeated him on the cross and the devil has no power of those who call Christ Lord. God has not forsaken us. We live in a sinful and fallen world. It is man that is resposible for all the war and poverty. God sent His Son Jesus Christ to make a way for us. All you have to do is admit you\’re a sinner, repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.Blessings

  24. Sky_bleeds_rain Nobody forced you to visit this space. You made the choice to come here yourself. No I am not going to stop preaching the gospel. It is life to those who have come to know Christ and I pray that you come to that knowledge as well.

  25. I\’ve seen your space beforee and decided to visit it again. This time to leave a comment as well. That\’s pretty much it.

  26. Oh wait, here\’s a question. Do you believe metal is satanic music? I listen to it almost every day and I find that it some how soothes me, as if others classical would soothe them.

  27. Sad that Mr. Moo9 has no faith after death, we just heard a sermon today that was all about how the Father is preparing many rooms in His house. I have been to too many funerals this year (6) and half of them were non christian…what a shame that these people think its the end…its the beginning for us. Its just such a shame these people have no hope….and Jason, your comment was just delicous..you crack me up..

  28. BbI myself have trouble listening to metal music and I like many styles. The question you have to ask of the music you are listening to, does it glorify Jesus? Are they Christians? Are the lyrics clear enough so that you know what they are singing about? Is what they are singing biblically sound? These are just a few guidelines for you.

  29. Wow, I actually listento a couple of Christian bands. Demon Hunter, Beloved and Underoath. But, seeing as my parents buy all the christian cd\’s I want (something about "good influence") I have all of their cd\’s. Jazz the Amazing Moondragon

  30. Hi, My name is Ashley and i\’ve been a christian for 1 year and 1 month.I love how you share your faith.In my space i share my faith too.Well you do a great job.bye ASHLEY><>

  31. hello i was reading your space and i love it! you have really put alot of effort into getting Gods glorious messgae to as many people as you can and i was going to suggest something for your site if its not on here ( i might have missed it if it is) but maybe you could have a blog talking prayer and the wonders of it then people can send you their prayer requests in comment form and so the when people visit your site they can gp and look at the prayer requests and prayer for some of those people..well that was just my suggestion now for my comment you have really inspired me to persure what i love because a while ago God told me that im going to be a youth pastor and now im just doing everything that i can to do that but its been hard,since im only 14 with sports and school and all the other activities that i have so yeah your page just has inspired me thank you so much! Peace..Shalom..And God bless youAlanna Kennedy

  32. well i just looked at your site and silly old me has missed the prayer request section haha im sorry but anyways yaa have a good one..peace..shalom..God bless youalanna kennedy

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