Old and New Testament Principles of Worship – WRSP 201

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course presents principles of Old and New Testament Worship. Included is a discussion of pre-tabernacle, tabernacle, temple, and synagogue worship. An overview of how Jesus, the disciples, and the early Christians worshipped is made in light of how believers will practice Worship in eternity.




To develop a comprehensive perspective of worship, it is vital to first understand what the Bible says on the subject. This course is designed to provide the student with an overview, general understanding, and acquaintance with the: 1) biblical principles of Old Testament worship; 2) biblical principles of New Testament worship; 3) principles of worship of Jesus and the disciples; 4) principles of worship in the Revelation, and 5) principles of worship as they relate to the early and contemporary church.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Articulate biblical principles of Old and New Testament worship.
  2. Explain how the worship of the Old and New Testaments applies to today’s worship.
  3. Articulate a Theology of Worship.
  4. Discuss principles of worship as related to areas of one’s personal life, professional musical pursuits, and practical ministry.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words.

Book Report

Each student will read Real Worship and complete a “chapter-by-chapter” summary form located on Blackboard. The student will document specific biblical principles of worship articulated in each chapter of the book and detail the findings with Scripture references.

Reaction Papers (2)

Each student will interact with questions provided in Blackboard by writing 2 reaction papers in current Turabian format consisting of 800–1,000 words each. The paper must include a cover page and bibliography.

Theology of Worship Paper

Each student will craft a Theology of Worship which will establish an individual framework of understanding what Scripture says about worship. The student will list 25 important principles of worship, drawing upon those presented in the course Reading & Study materials, and will write in a “principle-explanation-Scripture” format. This paper does not have to be written in paragraph form as long as the student provides a well-crafted explanation of each principle in his or her own words. However, each principle description must be 250–300 words, not including Scripture references.

Quizzes (7)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain true/false and multiple-choice questions or a matching question, and will have a time limit. Time limits will vary per quiz.

Final Exam

The Final Exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the entire course. The final exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 true/false and multiple-choice questions, and have a time limit of 2 hours.