The Mission and Mandate for Worship – WRSP 410

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

Course Description

This is a study of the biblical purposes and mandate for worship according to the principles of Romans 12:1-21. Using materials and research gathered from this study, students are required to construct a series of Sunday School Lessons that articulate a biblical purpose and mandate for worship.




Over the past 20 years, there have been significant changes in "the way" evangelicals practice worship. Many changes are driven by shifts and modifications in communication, technology, and cultural influences. Too often, worshipers tend to compartmentalize the study of worship from the living of worship. What is needed is a cognitive understanding about the role of worship in daily living—the renewing of our minds. Worshipers need to know how everything in life, in one way or another, is a reflection of our love for the Lord and becomes part of our own lifestyle.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate the biblical purpose for worship.
  2. Define the biblical mandate for worship.
  3. Apply principles from Romans 12 to the purpose and mandate for worship.
  4. Articulate the relationship between worship and service.
  5. Develop a series of lessons that articulate and apply the biblical purpose and mandate for daily living.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board forums (4)

The student will participate in four Discussion Board forums. In each Discussion Board forum, the student will post his/her original thread of at least 300 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of the assigned module/week. The student must then reply to a minimum of three peers’ threads in at least 200 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the assigned module/week.

Book Review

The student will read and review The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer. The review must be a chapter-by-chapter summary/analysis, using the template provided in the Assignment Instructions folder. This assignment must be 10 pages in length and is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 6.

Final Project

The student will develop a series of six lessons that will articulate and apply the biblical purpose and mandate for daily lifestyle worship. The lessons will be designed for a Bible study group on an age-defined level (adult, youth, children, etc.), and will incorporate materials, ideas, concepts, and principles studied throughout the course. The project will be written in “lesson plan format” but will be documented with footnotes and a complete bibliography. This assignment is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday of Module/Week 8.

Quizzes (4)

Quizzes will be open-book/open-notes and will cover the module readings. The student will be given one hour to complete each quiz, which will be comprised of multiple-choice, true/false, or short answer/essay questions. Each quiz is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the assigned module/week.

Final Exam

The student will complete an open-book/open-notes exam covering the material from the first seven modules. The exam must be completed in a two-hour period and will consist of 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions. The exam is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 7.