What the Church Needs Now As the church of Jesus Christ has entered a new century and a new millennium, along with the rest of the world, we find that her worship is in a state characterized by profound contradictions.
The Good News
Proclamation and Praise Jesus Christ in His incarnation was ďmade for a little while lower than the angelsĒ (Heb. 2:9), subjected Himself to death on a cross (Phil. 2:8), and has therefore been exalted to the Fatherís right hand (Phil. 2:9; ....more
Worship and the Glory of God INTRODUCTION
When I was in college studying music, I worked for a while in the choral department of a large music store. The manager of the choral dept. was as secular and ungodly a man as they come, yet he wa....more
First Church, Jerusalem So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
And they were continually devoting themselves to one of the four electives offered: the apostlesí teac....more
Worship Corporate worship is a crucial defining activity for the Body of Christ. God's people come together to join their hearts and voices in praise to God for His greatness and in thanks for His goodness. Many Christian activi....more
The Choir As Worship Leader Make no mistake about it: the most important musical group in the church is the congregation. Worship is for all of Godís people; the New Testament doctrine of the priesthood of all believers calls for the saints to l....more
Putting First Things First The Great Commission which Jesus gave to His disciples (Matthew 28:19-20) has rightly been a motivating force and rallying cry for churches and other Christian organizations. In it we find expressed God's heart for the w....more
Think Before You Speak Worship is a time to address God, to respond to His gracious initiative in our lives with appropriate responses of praise, adoration, thanksgiving, confession, and joy. The responsibility of the worship leader (and the w....more
Worship for All God's People Music is a sublime creation of God which is especially suited as a vehicle for believers to express praise to their Creator. How it must then grieve Him (and delight the Enemy) when this special gift all too often become....more
To Him Be the Glory As children of God and citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20), our primary focus in all of life is to be on Him who created us and redeemed us and is committed to conforming us to His image. God has a unique claim on o....more
Flow, Service, Flow! The goal of a worship service is, needless to say, worship. And worship presupposes worshipers who are focused on God, giving attention to Him and His glory. Worship at its best is a rapt preoccupation with God in wonder....more
The Power of Thematic Worship Psalm 150:2 tells us to ďpraise Him according to His excellent greatness.Ē In our church we have found that the excellent greatness of God is most effectively represented in our worship by giving people time to li....more
Congregational Participation In that now famous quote by Kierkegaard, he stresses that the members of the congregation are the "performers" with God as the "audience" (and not the congregation as the audience to performers on the platform). In othe....more
Music for Worship Excellence is called for all of our human endeavors: "whatever you do in word or deed, do all to the glory of God" (Col.3:17). God is glorified in our creative endeavors when we give of our very best, for our best reflec....more
Transcultural Aspects of Worship Worship in the Church of Jesus Christ is a phenomenon that has been and is characterized by enormous diversity across the centuries and across the world today. This diversity seems to be allowed by the New Testament, ....more
Yes and Amen Nestled in the opening strains of Paulís second epistle to the Corinthians is a statement which plumbs the depths of Godís redemptive work through Christ and the relationship with Him which we enjoy because of it.
Godís Global Purpose Obviously our ultimate purpose in serving God in this world must be to align ourselves with His purpose for this world. I would suggest that Godís purpose is summarized (among other places in Scripture) in Psalm 86:9:....more
A Parable And He also told this parable to certain ones who trusted in themselves that their worship style was the only acceptable form:
"Four men went up in to the temple to pray, two traditional music directors and two contempo....more
Worship: Responding to Godís Glory . . . Intellectually. ďI pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassin....more
Blended Worship Blended worship has as its goal the joining together of the people of God in all their diversity, under one roof and in one service, to glorify God through the offering up of corporate praise. The term "blended" speak....more
Experiencing Worship, The Study
Used by churches all over the world to help teach worship, the Experiencing Worship study can help your worship team too.
Your team will learn why we worship and gain a better understanding of how to worship.
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