What Are The 4 Scriptural Types Of Worship
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What Are The 4 Scriptural Types Of Worship


When we think of worship, what comes to mind? Singing praises to God? Kneeling in prayer? Giving offerings?

All of these are forms of worship, but they’re not the only ones. In fact, the Bible mentions four distinct types of worship. Here’s a quick look at each one.

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Introduction to Scripture-Based Worship

Worship is at the heart of our Christian walk. We were created to worship God, and there are many different ways to do that. In this series, we’re going to explore the four scriptural types of worship.

Each of these types of worship is found in the Bible, and they each have unique benefits. Today, we’re going to start with an introduction to scripture-based worship.

What is scripture-based worship? Simply put, it’s worshiping God through His Word. We read His Word, pray His Word and sing His Word. This type of worship is based on what He has said in His Word, and it’s a great way to connect with Him on a deeper level.

Private Worship

When we think of worship, the first image that comes to mind is probably a large gathering of people, all singing and praising God together. And while corporate worship is definitely an important part of our faith, it’s not the only type of worship.

There are actually four different scriptural types of worship, and each one is just as important as the next.

When we worship privately, it’s just between God and us. There are no other people around to sing along with or pray with us. We might worship in our homes, in our cars, or even out in nature. It doesn’t matter where we are, as long as we’re focusing on God and giving Him our undivided attention.

One of the great things about private worship is that we can do it anytime, anywhere. We don’t have to wait for a special service or meeting. We can just take a few minutes (or even a few seconds) out of our day to focus on God.

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And because it’s just between Him and us, we can be as open and honest as we want. We can pour out our hearts to God, and He will listen.

If you’ve never tried private worship before, why not give it a try today? You might be surprised at how much it blesses you.

Corporate Worship

When we think of corporate worship, the first thing that comes to mind is often a church service. But corporate worship isn’t limited to the church. In fact, there are four different types of corporate worship found in the Scriptures.

The first type is religious, corporate worship. This is what we see in the book of Leviticus, where the Israelites were commanded to bring their sacrifices to the temple.

The second type is civil corporate worship. This is found in places like Daniel 6, where Daniel was praised by the king for his faithful service.

The third type is familial corporate worship. This is seen in places like Psalm 128, where the writer thanks God for blessing his family.

The fourth and final type is communal corporate worship. This is what we see in Acts 2, when the disciples gathered together to pray and share the gospel.

Each of these types of corporate worship has its own unique purpose and benefits. But whatever form it takes, corporate worship should always be centered around God and His glory.

Devotional Worship

This is a more personal form of worship, where you commit yourself to God on a daily basis. It begins with prayer and study that lead to obedience and trust. As you draw closer to God, your worship will become more meaningful.

Devotional Worship can also involve memorizing scriptures, singing hymns, reading devotional materials, and engaging in contemplative prayer exercises. It is important to keep in mind that devotional worship does not replace corporate or congregational worship; rather, it works hand-in-hand with it.

When you engage in Devotional Worship, it is an act of offering your love and devotion to God while seeking guidance and direction from him. This type of worship allows you to grow spiritually as an individual while allowing God’s grace to guide you along the way.

Intercessory or Prophetic Worship

Intercessory or Prophetic worship is a form of prayerful worship. It’s used to communicate with the Lord and express admiration, thankfulness, and other praises. This type of worship is characterized by passionate expressions of love and adoration for the One who created us.

In intercessory or prophetic worship, we speak to God on behalf of others as well as ourselves. We pour our hearts out to God and ask Him to intervene in situations or circumstances of our lives and the lives of those around us.

Prophetic Worship helps make our connection with God more intimate as we share our deepest desires and concerns with Him without any hesitations. It allows us to release all burdens onto His shoulders and trust that He will come through for us when we need it most.


In a nutshell, the four types of Scriptural worship are adoration, prayer, thanksgiving, and supplication. Each of these is based on a different relationship that we have with God.

When we offer adoration, we express our love for Him. Prayer is when we communicate with Him, thanking Him for all He has done for us, and supplication is when we ask Him for help with specific needs. Each of these types of worship is important, and we should make sure to incorporate all of them into our lives.

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Pastor Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber

All articles have been written or reviewed by Pastor Duke Taber.
Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of Life Pacific University and Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.
Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.
He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center, a Non-Denominational Spirit Filled Christian church in Mesquite Nevada.