Old and New Testament Principles of Worship – WRSP 201

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 04/29/2022

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. (Crosslisted with MUSC 202)

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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 from the Trinity; 4) principles of worship in Revelation, and 5) principles of worship as they relate to the early and contemporary church.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions 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 350 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words.

Book Summary Assignment

Each student will read Worship Vitals and complete a “chapter-by-chapter” summary. The student will write a full page for each chapter, summarizing the chapter’s content and providing a self-evaluation for how that chapter applies to them personally. The summary will be in Turabian style, with 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with a cover page.

Essay Assignments (2)

Each student will write two essays based on the topics of Idolatry and Jesus and Worship. The essays will be 3-5 pages in Turabian style and must include a cover page, table of contents, a bibliography, and include at least 3 scholarly sources other than the Bible.

Capstone Paper Assignment

Each student will craft a Theology and Practice of Christian Worship paper which will establish an individual framework of understanding what Scripture says about worship. The paper will be 12-15 pages and must include a cover page, table of contents, a bibliography, and include at least 15 scholarly sources other than the Bible.

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned module: week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain multiple-choice questions and will have a time limit. Time limits will vary per quiz.

Quiz: Exams (2)

The Exams will cover the Learn material for the entire course. They will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10-20 multiple-choice questions, and have a time limit of 2 hours.