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Beliefs on Worship

It's all about His Presence

"It's more than a song we sing — it’s our heartfelt response that we give to God."

- Bill Johnson

We Were Created for Worship

Why does the Lord invite us into a posture of worship? The Lord, in ​His mercy, designed us to find our fullest expression in life by standing before ​H​im accepted, delighted in, and ministering unto Him in thanksgiving and praise. God always chooses the best. If God, in loving us, chooses to design us as worshippers, then what's the point? You always become like what you worship.

There’s nothing ​He could want more for us than for us to become like Him. With that in mind, He designed us to be worshippers.In our history at Bethel, there was a line drawn in the sand where we said, "This is why we’re alive, this is our supreme responsibility, our great God-given opportunity to be those who minister to the Lord." As a church, our entire ministry grew out of that priority. Almost everything we've ever learned, we've learned as worshippers.

"This is why we’re alive, this is our supreme responsibility, our great God-given opportunity to be those who minister to the Lord."


The Supreme Call

The Supreme Call

Bill Johnson

We’re designed to respond to God’s presence with worship and, as we do so, we are continually transformed into the likeness of Jesus. Thanksgiving and praise are necessary sacrifices, but in worship, we ourselves are the living sacrifices!

The Postures of Praise

Brian & Jenn Johnson

In this interview with Eric Johnson, Brian and Jenn teach on the lifestyle of worship and encourage us to engage in the different postures of praise found in the Bible. Just like King David, we’re invited to find God’s heart and develop an affectionate connection with Him.

Postures of Praise
Faith, Freedom, Work

Faith, Freedom, and Work

Jeremy Riddle & Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson and Jeremy Riddle share their insights into the key role faith plays in our worship to the Lord. Faith isn’t simply mental acceptance of theological ideas. Rather, it has a physical expression in our actions. Faith is central to worship because, without it, we can’t please God. Let’s step out of fear and into faith as we worship God in spirit and truth!

The War of Peace

Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson explains the sacrificial nature of praise and thanksgiving. Scripture says that we enter His courts through gates of praise. When we praise the Lord even when it’s difficult, we give Him an offering that becomes an access point into His presence. Let’s go through the gates!

War of Peace


Hebrew Words
for Praise


This means to kneel down, to bless God as an act of adoration.


This means to throw out the hand, to worship with the extended hand.


This means an extension of the hand in adoration or acceptance.


This means to address in a loud tone, to triumph, glory, shout!


This means to be clear, to shine, to boast, celebrate, be clamorously foolish.


This means to touch the strings, to pluck the strings and sing along.


This means to sing, to laud; praise that God inhabits.

Worship Expressions

Bethel Worship Ministries

Our worship community, prayer house, and dance ministry are a few of the many ways in which we express our love for God. At every service, our worship teams usher in the presence of God. For a peaceful place to be in contemplative prayer, our Prayer House and its gardens are a wonderful place for people to encounter the presence of God. Our dance and flag ministry celebrates worship with powerful physical expression that reveals God’s heart without words.

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Bethel Music

Spontaneous praise often erupts in the presence of God. Our worship teams serve the local and global Church, while also helping to write songs that bring out the best in us, in order to give the best to Him. Bethel Music was founded in 2009 to steward the songs coming out of our house and our worship leaders. Today, its songs are shaping global worship culture. We invite worship leaders and musicians to come grow at Bethel Music Worship School, an on-campus program hosted each year that includes teachings by Bethel Music leaders and passionate worship services.

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