The connection between language and worship

The Connection Between Language and Worship

Learning a new language is a journey that transcends mere communication. It delves into the very essence of human connection, culture, and expression. While Language on Mission (LOM) has primarily been known for its exceptional language learning programs, today we explore a profound link between language and worship. In this blog post, we will embark on a journey of discovery, understanding how languages are learned, the stages of learning a language, and the connection between language and worship. So, join us as we unravel this beautiful connection that can not only deepen your faith but also open up a new world of expression.

How Languages Are Learned

Before we delve into the profound connection between language and worship, let’s first understand the fundamentals of language acquisition. Learning a new language is not merely about memorizing vocabulary and grammar rules; it’s about embracing a new way of expressing yourself and connecting with others. Language learning involves several stages, and it’s a journey that requires dedication and practice.

As adults, the journey of language learning can be uniquely enriching. We might embark on this path for various reasons, from personal growth and career opportunities to connecting with others in their native tongue. Face-to-face language learning, where you engage in direct conversations with native speakers, is a powerful approach for adults. Much more effective than simply learning through an app, authentic, personal interaction with a native speaker solidifies concepts and builds a sense of confidence in the learner.

The Stages of Learning a Language

Learning a new language is a dynamic process that evolves through distinct stages. Each stage offers unique challenges and rewards, ultimately leading to the proficiency and fluency required for effective communication.


At the Beginner stage, you may find yourself completely lost in a sea of unfamiliar sounds and symbols. Fear can be a companion as you venture into uncharted linguistic territory. This is the phase where you understand only a few words, and speaking in the new language feels like a daunting task. If you’re struggling with fear at this stage, consider reading our blog on how to overcome fear in adult language learning.

Baby Talk

As you progress, you enter the Baby Talk phase. Here, you start piecing together words and basic grammar. Your conversations may not resemble those of adults, and you might sound a bit silly at times, but you can now communicate on the most basic of levels. It’s an exciting phase where you begin to see the fruits of your efforts.


In the Conversational stage, you’ve mastered various tenses, grammatical structures, and a wide vocabulary. You can engage in conversations with a level of confidence, though there are still lots of mistakes, and your accent might be noticeable. At this point, you’re beyond basic communication and can discuss a variety of topics with others.


As you reach the Fluent stage, you’ve made remarkable progress in your language journey. You’re no longer the newcomer struggling to grasp the basics. At this point, you’ve achieved a level of fluency where you can confidently communicate in casual settings. Everyday conversations flow naturally, and you can navigate daily life in the target language with ease.

However, it’s important to note that fluency is a multifaceted achievement. While you may excel in everyday interactions, different aspects of your language proficiency may vary. For instance, you might find yourself fluent in casual conversations but still working on more formal or business language skills. Fluency can manifest differently in various situations, and your journey continues as you fine-tune your language abilities in diverse contexts. It’s all part of the ongoing adventure of language learning.  And like most stills, the concept of “if you don’t use it, you lose it” does apply.

Now, let’s explore how the connection between language and worship can profoundly impact our lives.

The Connection Between Language and Worship

Our experiences with language and worship can be deeply intertwined. Here, we present personal stories that highlight this connection, drawing from the experiences of individuals who have participated in Language on Mission’s adult Bible studies that combine language learning, Bible study, and worship.

The Role of Worship Music in Language Learning

The beauty of worship music lies in its ability to transcend language barriers. It touches the heart and soul, often evoking emotions and drawing us closer to God. Worship songs have a unique power to unite people, regardless of the language.

Don’t just take our word on the role of worship music in language learning, see what Language on Mission student Rachel has to say:

“I have always wanted to learn Spanish to connect better with the Spanish-speaking community, but lately I feel like God is revealing another bonus reason. I feel He is showing me how I can more deeply worship Him. As I have been listening to worship songs in Spanish, it has felt so much more authentic than when I do in English. It is hard to explain but I can’t just sing the words without thinking. I have to think and feel them more. The words have had more meaning when I have been singing because it isn’t based on English words I have memorized and known for years. There is something different and deeper.”

Studying the Bible in a Second Language

Like worship music, studying the Bible in a second language makes verses and concepts that are familiar in our native tongue just different enough to cause us to pause and think about them more deeply. We believe that the Holy Spirit uses our study of a second language to reveal Himself to us in fresh and new ways. The following stories give personal examples of how God can move our hearts while studying His Word in another language:

Story 1:

“As I studied John 15 in English and Spanish, about us being the branches who must remain in the vine, my heart was moved to worship. I don’t normally experience an emotional overflow from reading the Bible that prompts me to worship. The impact of immersing myself in multiple languages moved me unlike any other time I had studied the passage in English. In my mind I began to cry out the song, ‘You are Worthy of It All.’”  

Story 2:

“I was intrigued and blessed by phrases in John 16:20 and 21. I like the literal translation of ‘ciertamente les aseguro’ (I certainly assure you). It’s an often-used phrase and to me connotes a definitive stand. In verse 21, Jesus describes a woman in childbirth as ‘la mujer que está por dar a luz…’ Luz by itself means light. It seems that bringing a child into the world is compared to bringing light.  Later in the same verse the woman forgets the anguish ‘por la alegría de haber traído al mundo un nuevo ser.’ I translate that as saying ‘by or through the joy of having brought to the world a new being.’ It’s as if she is saying, ‘it is my joy to present to you this new life.’”

These stories beautifully illustrate how learning a new language can deepen one’s connection to God and worship.

How Does Learning a Second Language Deepen Your Faith?

Not only is Spanish a fun language to learn, but it can also deepen your faith. As you explore a new language, you uncover the rich tapestry of cultural expressions, religious nuances, and spiritual experiences. Learning a new language allows you to connect with faith communities in profound ways.

How Much Does It Cost to Learn a New Language?

The cost of learning a new language can vary, but the investment is undoubtedly worthwhile. Language on Mission offers a range of programs, and you can even try your first class for just $7. This accessible approach allows you to embark on your language and worship journey without financial barriers.

Language On Mission – Connecting Language and Worship

In this exploration of the connection between language and worship, we have seen how learning a new language can deepen one’s faith and enhance their worship experiences. The personal stories shared demonstrate the profound impact of language on their worship and spiritual connection.

Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey of language and faith? Join Language on Mission today and explore the rich connection between language and worship. Enrich your faith, connect with communities, and strengthen your relationship with God by learning a second language.

Meet our Author, Adam Schwind, a proud parent of three children utilizing Language On Mission, is the Founder of Spark Digital Group, a digital marketing agency in Charleston, SC