Foundations of Christian Worship – WRSP 810

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 06/06/2022

Course Description

A comprehensive survey of the Biblical texts that lay the foundation for Christian Worship. Special attention is given to the integration of Biblical worship models within present-day worship practice for both evaluation and alignment.

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


Christ followers are responsible for developing a theological base and biblical understanding of worship.  The themes of kingdom, covenant, temple, redemption and the overarching concept of worship are displayed throughout the seamless biblical narrative.  God’s plan to worship him is articulated, explained, illustrated, documented, and applied throughout the pages of his Word.  Principles of worship are drawn from Old and New Testaments to include practical integration into present day living.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Construct a thorough definition of worship.
  2. Discuss musical worship throughout the Bible.
  3. Articulate God’s plan for biblical worship through Jesus.
  4. Explain how the worship of the Old Testament and New Testament applies to daily living.
  5. Illustrate the concepts of foundational worship principles.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. At least 2 citations in current Turabian format are required for each thread. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200 words and include at least 1 citation in current Turabian format. (MLOs A, B, C, D, E)

Reflection Journal Assignments (4)

The student will write a two part reflection journal. In part 1, the student will summarize the foundational principles of worship discussed. The summary should be at least 2 pages in length. In part 2, the student will reflect and apply the worship principles to his or her present day activities and circumstances. Part 2 will be at least 1 page in length. (MLO C & D)

Research Project Assignment

Research Project: Locating Sources Assignment

The student will compile 10 scholarly sources pertaining to theological investigation and justify the material for use in the outline and final paper. (MLO: C, E)

Research Project: Outline and Introduction Assignment

The student will present an outline of required elements for the research project and an introductory paragraph which concludes with the thesis statement. (MLO: C, E)

Research Project: Final Paper Submission Assignment

The student will present a 10-page research paper which presents the topic, analyzes the material, and defends the thesis. (MLO: C, E)

Mind Map Assignment

The student will develop a Mind Map on the topic of the worship of Jesus. The map will be used to illustrate the concepts and themes of worship related to the main topic.  (MLOs C & E)

Quiz: Turabian

Turabian formatting is the standard format for professional and academic writing in the fields of music, worship, and music education.  This formatting will be used throughout the class and in the student's doctoral thesis or dissertation.  Therefore, the student will review current Turabian formatting and complete a short a multiple choice, true/false, and short answer quiz. (MLO A)