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37 | Worship — Chuck Knows Church

[little guitar] [heavy breathing chuck]
[celebrating something] Hey, what do you think is the most important
thing we do as a Christian congregation? Sell tickets the Sundays car wash? Planned services around the NFL’s
schedule? Serve up something better than tuna noodle
casserole with the church potluck? Well as important as that last one is, it is not the most
important thing we do as a church for those of you said worship Ding Ding
Ding Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! Worship is most important thing we do the most important.. oop.. action we take as a Christian
congregation because of what worship means. So.. What does worship mean? Sounds like that’s
what we’re talking about, worship, on this episode of Chuck Knows
Church .. oh no.. my beats per minute is down.
[cue the cool intro music] So.. What is so important about worship
you say, this uh… all important action that we take it as a Christian
congregation? Why all this stretching oh, I can feel that in my glutes. Oh…
stretching and the warm up What does that have to do with worship? follow me [heavy breathing and funny running] Well.. The word worship comes from the old
Anglo-Saxon word Woerthan.. Woerthan, to declare how much something is the worth.
worth on announced work Chuck Norris has nothin’ on me “Woerthan!!” [with a kick & a pulled muscle] All right.. Now I think I pulled my rotator cuff
[pull it together Chuck..] Ah… the actual Old English spelling
was written and pronounced Weorthscipe [sounds like ‘worth-ship’] [drawing out syllables] worth-ship try saying that five times real fast, worth-ship, worth-ship, worth-ship [slurring] that just rolls out of the tongue doesn’t it No it doesn’t, it’s too difficult right.
So I know, hey, let’s clean up that funky spelling make it easy on the old twisted tongue. So we did.
And when I say we did, I mean they did. A long time before I was born. Ah, so they cleaned it up and the word became
WORSHIP Also important to remember worship is an action. Now you are getting it, A-C-T-I-O-N, action that’s what the early Christian thought anyway. Just check out these three Greek words
from the new testament which all mean worship in English. They
are sebomai [sounded like ce-Bo-My] meaning to lift up high or exalt
to exile Proskuneo [sounded like Pros-Ka-Nayo] meaning to bow down Latreuo [sounded like La-Trev-O] meaning to serve That’s right, verbs Three virtually unpronounceable verbs Yes, action words meaning worship is not
something we attend, but something we do. and these three Greek words they all go together to lift up to, bow down and to serve all ways that we act out our
worship, all ways we worship God action words remember REACH UP! for sebomai bow down for proskuneo and then
reach out for a latreuo okay, again Up and down and out and up and down and out and up and down and [chuck on verge of hyperventilating now] and up [gasping for some air] my form was excellent on that I am gonna.. just for a second.. it’s not so much this as much as.. the whole thing
[totally winded now] Can someone get me a medic? or..
actually I’m good.. I’m good… Ah To many pancakes, well.. ha.. … and despite all the worship calisthenics our original meaning is still there to declare how much something is worth.
And at the top of our worth chart? No, not money, chocolate chip pancakes, or even the church potluck course it’s God. and that’s why worshiping God is the most important action it’s the most important action that we take. I’m gonna sit down for this last bit if that is okay
[funny out of shape chuck gruntish sounds] Alright [sounds painful] if you would like to learn
more Ask your pastor Tell them Chuck sent ya’ towel.. thank you that’s, that’s good I think one was enough now I really need two towels.. thank you do I look like Rocky in the first part?
[that would warrant a gray hoodie] that’s not water..
[behind camera, ‘that’s water’] thank you for that
[behind camera, ‘it’s like watering a plant]

Otis Rodgers



  1. Beth Garvin Posted on July 10, 2013 at 1:55 am

    This was a great one. Full of laughs. Thanks Chuck!

  2. Louis Amandola Posted on July 10, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Thankyou Rev., sharing with our Men's Group.

  3. Natalie Bryant Posted on July 10, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    lol, he said glutes are his arms! too funny!

  4. woodruffdavid Posted on July 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    One of your best, thank you.

  5. Nadine Miller Posted on July 10, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    When the medics arrive, Chuck, don't be alarmed if they fall over giggling when you explain to them which muscles are hurting. Don't 'sweat it' ; once they recover, I'm certain they'll still help you! … Nadine

  6. Philip Hoppe Posted on November 10, 2013 at 12:30 am

    I remember when Christian teaching mentioned Jesus.  It still does in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  Check it out.

  7. Truth Light Posted on February 8, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Chuck knows "Church" as an organization, but I am wondering if he knows the bible.  I've only watched a couple of these and I am dismayed.  In this video he is teaching the Old English Etymology of the word worship, not the original biblical texts.  The word "worship" in the First Covenant the vast majority of time was translated from the Hebrew word "ShaKha", which meant to bow down/prostrate oneself before a superior in homage.  In the New Covenant it was translated from the Greek word "sebo" which means to revere, stressing the feeling of awe or devotion.  Chuck's teaching seems devoid of the reverence and the holiness of our Father in heaven.  Is this type of teaching what Jesus meant when He said to go and make disciples of all nations?   This seems more like a form of entertainment with some "church" thrown in.  But it seems that is what main stream church as become in these last days.

  8. Jon Humphries Posted on September 21, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    I love your work Chuck. You provide a resource that is sorely lacking in many church congregations. And you make learning about Church fun.

    I do agree that worship is the most important thing that we do as Christians. However, what we do in a worship service as a small subset of worship. Worship is our living faithfully in discipleship in response to the love and grace of God which we encounter in Christ.
    We should be careful that we don't make the worship service the centre of Christian life and worship rather than the support mechanism for resourcing and encouraging our living of love and (social)justice as a life of worship and devotion in response to the love and life of Christ we experience in connection with God through authentic Christian discipleship.

    Hebrews 10:24-25 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
    24 Let us consider how we can stir up one another to love. Let us help one another to do good works. 25 And let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us encourage one another with words of hope. Let us do this even more as you see Christ’s return approaching.

    Keep up the awesome work