Spiritual Practices

Why a University Practice?

The University Practice is an integral part to your spiritual formation as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Discipleship is not limited to one single activity, but rather, we have a responsibility to continue to practice discipleship in our daily lives. The University Spiritual Practice is one way we can encourage each other in our lives as disciples. Discipleship involves practice and with it we are better equipped to live the life to which Christ has called us. When we commit to healthy spiritual patterns, both individually and in community, we prepare ourselves to be ready for God’s work in and through us.

Each year at APU, we choose one or more spiritual practices to focus on for the year—rooted in the themes of Scripture and utilized for centuries by the Christian church to foster relationship with God. By focusing on these spiritual practices, we expose students to diverse practices that foster spiritual growth which leads to maturity. Practices such as prayer, scripture study, worship, service, and witnessing are just a few examples of how we encourage these practices to become part of the daily life our students. This year’s spiritual practices are centered on "Worship.”

What is Worship?

  • Worship is to honor with extravagant love and extreme submission (Webster's Dictionary, 1828).
  • Worship reveals what we value. It gives honor, worth, and priority to the Lord of our hearts.
  • Worship requires spirit (regeneration) and truth (Scripture); it is the response of the heart and knowledge of the mind.
  • Worship happens when our words, actions, mind, and heart revere God.
  • Worship of the One and True God should lead to repentance, surrender, and advancing the Kingdom of God.

Worship in Scripture

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:23-24

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! Psalm 95:6

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:1

Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth. Isaiah 12:5

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Hebrews 13:15

Key Dates

  • Chapel Focus: Spiritual Formation
    November 5-9, 2018
  • Worship through Art: An Exhibition
    November 5-9, 2018, in Wilden Atrium, 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
  • Worship through Dance:
    November 6, 2018, in Cougar Dome, 6:30–9 p.m.
  • Let the Nations Worship: Worship Night
    January 24, 2019, in 7 Palms, 7–9 p.m.
  • Open Mic: The Heart of Worship
    March 12, 2019, in 7 Palms, 7–9 p.m.