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EXPLORING
Worship

A Practical Guide to Praise & Worship

B O B S O R G E
Oasis House

Kansas City, Missouri

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Exploring Worship is currently available (2008) in the following languages:
* Spanish * Korean * Lithuanian * Dutch
* Chinese * Indonesian * Hindi * French
* Amharic * Bulgarian * Italian

Other books by Bob Sorge:
* Envy: The Enemy Within
* Exploring Worship Workbook & Discussion Guide
* In His Face: a prophetic call to renewed focus
* The Fire of Delayed Answers
* The Fire Of God�s Love
* Pain, Perplexity, and Promotion: a prophetic interpretation

of the book of Job
* Dealing With the Rejection and Praise of Man
* Glory: when heaven invades earth
* Secrets Of The Secret Place
* Secrets Of The Secret Place: Companion Study Guide
* Following The River: A Vision For Corporate Worship
* Loyalty: The Reach Of The Noble Heart
* Unrelenting Prayer

Nineteenth Printing (Revised/Updated Edition)
Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations in this publication are from

The Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, Interna-
tional Bible Society.

Scripture quotations identified NEB are from the New English Bible. Copyright
© The Delegates of the Oxford University Press and The Syndics of the Cambridge
University Press 1961, 1970. Reprinted by permission.

Scripture quotations identified NASB are from the New American Standard
Bible. Copyright © The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1971, 1972, 1973,
1975, 1977.

Scripture quotations identified NKJV are from the New King James Version.
Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc., publishers.

Scripture quotations identified RSV are from the Revised Standard Version of
the Bible. Copyright © 1946, 1952, 1971, by the Division of Christian Education of the
National Council of The Churches of Christ in the U.SA.

Scripture quotations identified KJV are from the King James Version of the
Bible.
Exploring Worship: A Practical Guide to Praise and Worship
Copyright © 1987, 2001 by Bob Sorge.
All rights reserved.
Printed in the United States of America.
International Standard Book Number: 0-9621185-1-6
Published by:
Oasis House
P.O. Box 127
Greenwood, Missouri 64034-0127
www.oasishouse.net
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Sorge, Bob
Exploring worship: a practical guide to praise & worship / Bob Sorge
p.cm.
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 0-9621185-1-6 (pbk. :alk. paper)
1. Public worship. I. Title.
BV15.S57 2004
264-dc22 2004041516

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2. We must study the Scriptures regularly. A Scripture
made alive in our hearts will frequently be the basis for a pro-
phetic word from the Lord.

3. A certain proverb reads: “‘There are three things that
are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: the way
of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of
a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a maiden’”
(Proverbs 30:18-19). Something that is even more amazing is
the way of the Lord with his Bride! To function prophetically,
one must understand the way the Lord deals with and entreats
his church. We learn the way of the Lord chiefly through study-
ing the Scriptures and observing God’s ways in the sanctuary.
One good method is to study the gift of those who have a
matured prophetic voice and allow their mature gift to teach
things like timing, vocal inflection, and types of messages.

4. “The words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined
in a furnace of clay, purified seven times” (Psalm 12:6). Since
God’s words are so pure, so ought to be the lives of those
speaking the words. Otherwise, how can a bitter fountain bring
forth pure water (see James 3:11)?

5. First Corinthians 14:32 33 tells us, “The spirits of proph-
ets are subject to the control of prophets. For God is not a God
of disorder but of peace.” This suggests at least four things.
First, we can stifle the prophetic flow, and we can release it.
Second, we are capable of waiting for the proper timing. Next,
we are in control and thus are accountable for what we declare.
We cannot hide behind excuses such as “If you don’t like what
I said, don’t talk to me—talk to God. He’s the one who said it!”
Even the prophet Jeremiah, who spoke the pure word of God,
had to suffer the consequences of what he spoke, because
the sinful Israelites would not receive it. However, rather than
suffering for delivering the pure word of God, we usually find
that we are accountable because of our tendencies to misuse
the prophetic flow. Finally, this verse shows us that God is
concerned that the prophetic ministry operate in an orderly

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manner. Emotions should always be controlled. When prophe-
cies are given, onlookers should not be inclined to term the
proceedings a “fiasco.”

6. We must consider carefully that we speak only what
God gives us. The prophet Micaiah knew what “prophetic
restraint” was: speaking only what God had spoken, and no
more (see 1 Kings 22:13-14).

7. We must wait for our turn and be alert to the best mo-
ment to participate. Ecclesiastes 3:7 says there is “a time to
keep silence and a time to speak.” Timing is critical in prophecy,
and sensitivity to timing can often determine the propriety of
one’s contribution.

8. We need to listen for a key word that will ignite in our
spirit. Sometimes a single word comes to mind, sometimes a
phrase, and occasionally an entire message. This is the point
at which we step out in faith, even if we have not yet received
the entire message. We can learn to recognize the promptings
of the Spirit and yield to him.

9. We must learn to listen for a theme or keynote to
emerge in the worship. What was the subject matter of previous
prophecies in this service? At the same time, we should seek to
augment, not repeat, what has already transpired. We should
not fall into the trap of reiterating or stating in a different way
what has already been said, but we should build on what has
preceded.

10. We must also evaluate the impulse we are feeling. Is it
for the entire congregation, or perhaps just for us? Should it
be sung, or spoken? Is it a prophetic utterance, or an exhorta-
tion?

11. It is important that we speak loudly and clearly. If an
utterance is inaudible, it is invalid. A valid utterance edifies the
entire congregation. We may have a bona fide word from God,
but if we mumble it so that it is not heard by everyone, we have
rendered our prophecy invalid. An inaudible mumble brings
an awkward quietness in the congregation while everyone
strains to hear what is being said. This is not orderly and is
thus invalid. If we have a genuine word from God but do not

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