This book argues for the historic Reformed Protestant approach to worship and ministry over against contemporary styles of worship. This chapter paints a picture of the challenges regarding worship which face evangelical and reformed churches today. The author maintains that the heritage of Reformed worship, which weaves theology, piety and worship together, is the cure for these challenges.
What kind of worship does God require? The author of this article emphasizes that worship should be God-centered, with everything in the service pointing towards God. Indeed, there is also an element of individual experience of God's presence in the worship service, but this must not be the central focus.
Nowadays, the question of how we should worship is a hotly contested issue in churches. The author of this article emphasizes that how believers worship should be determined by Who they worship, and not by personal taste. Believers should offer worship that is befitting to a holy and awesome God.
This author laments the fact that most modern churches are falling into the trap of seeking to please people in their worship rather than conforming worship to God's demands. Worship is becoming increasingly man-centered.
Does God have a certain way that He wants us to worship? This article looks at various aspects of biblical worship: the need for true worship, the character of worship, worship and the Word, leadership in worship, music and worship, worshiping with the heart. The author also discusses evaluating worship service and Hebrews 12:28-29.
How are we to worship? This article discusses what Reformed worship is. The author also speaks about the heavenly pattern of worship which is outlined in the Old and New Testament.
Working from the book of Revelation, this article highlights elements that are essential for true worship of God. True worship is shaped by a right fear of God and involves thanksgiving expressed in singing and a life of service to God. Corporate worship should have these attributes while believers anticipate worship in eternity.
Discussing the principle of "Soli Deo Gloria" in relation to worship, this article shows that worship is not only about God, but also about the church. The author validates this argument by distinguishing between man's ultimate goal and man's immediate goals. This is applied to the regulative principle on the place of children in worship and the singing of laments.
The determining factor for liturgical principles is the conviction that God determines what happens during worship service. This article discusses worship in the Old and New Testament, looking at how the principles of Old Testament worship influenced the liturgy of the New Testament church. The author then draws conclusions for what this means for our worship today.
What are the key aspects of worshipping God?
Because God seeks to be worshipped on his own terms, worship should have God as the only audience, it cannot be a form of entertainment and it must have an eternal impact.
This article offers an introduction to and review of the book Worship the Lord.
Worshippers are generally unaware of how much work goes into preparing a good worship service. A well-planned liturgy flows so smoothly that worshippers have no reason or inclination to wonder about its design or designers. Worship itself is all that matters. This article considers three churches' planning for worship.
Worship that aims at God’s glory will be characterized by solemnity, simplicity, and orderliness. This article explains what this all means.
Do you think the second service on Sunday is necessary? This article discusses seven reasons for loving the evening service.
Why do we worship the way we do? This is the question this booklet seeks to answer. It looks at corporate worship from a Presbyterian practice. It examines the principles of worship, preparing for worship, and the elements of liturgy: salutation, prayer, singing, offering, place of sacraments, and the benediction.
What is worship? This article gives an overview of worship from the Garden to the New Jerusalem. It argues that the theology of worship cannot be separated from the practice of worship.
Is there a biblical foundation for the evening service? With a view to Exodus 29:38-46 this article looks at the practice of morning and evening worship throughout the Bible, as well as the practice of it in the early church and Reformation. It outlines the benefits of these services, and calls believers to uphold this practice.
Worship is a response given to God based on who he is as revealed in the Scriptures and through his deeds. This article shows how God ordered worship in the Old and New Testaments.
There are mainly three questions facing the church about worship: In what sense are the Scriptures authoritative for Christian worship? What regulations are proper for Christian worship? What discipline is proper in connection with worship? The Puritans answered these questions by pointing to the essence of worship.
This article shows that attending the evening service on the Lord's Day is not simply a matter of personal choice. The second service is important, because in both services we are given a foretaste of glory, are fed from the Word, are prepared for our eternal home, and are encouraged by the Holy Spirit and the fellowship of God's people.
Can you raise your hands during worship service? This article shows that the raising of hands in ancient times was to show attention to, submission to, and dependence upon some deity or authority figure. If it is used in this way during the worship service it is acceptable. Any other usage should be discouraged.
This article looks at the regulative principle and how we should understand this principle today.
This is a review of the book Introduction to Christian Worship.
At times it's healthy for a congregation to pause and reflect on what they do in a worship service. This article wants to facilitate a way for a congregation to reconsider what worship is.
This is a review article of Preaching and Leading Worship, by William H. Willimon. It indicates that Willimon has a balanced approach: he sees the need for appraising and evaluating worship but guards against a craze for novelty. The book provides suggestions for preparing for and conducting worship. Willimon provides guidelines on preaching—on both the preparation and delivery of sermons.
In this article the author chides much of what is called Christian worship today as being empty philosophical notions. The author explores worship based on the examples replete in the biblical text, such as in the Psalter, the Gospels, and other parts of the Bible.
Christians are increasingly divided over how they ought to worship God. There is significant confusion about the nature, purpose, and practice of worship. Questions that arise are, What do we expect from worship? Can we discern between good and bad worship? Is there such a thing as bad worship? How would we recognize it? The burden of the Introduction in this book is to demonstrate that how worship inevitably follows from our theological convictions.
This book is a challenge to worship leaders to discover how the gospel reshapes every dimension and element of worship. The author makes the bold statement that the gospel is the story of worship. In Chapter 1 he starts to tell that story at Genesis 2 in the Garden of Eden. Worship is rooted in the eternal love of God.
Most often in contemporary Christian understanding, worship is considered to be the acts of a local gathering of believers. This article suggests that this is misleading and argues that the Greek word "proskuneo" is never used in the New Testament in the sense of "worship." It is rather an expression of a relationship to the Spirit and truth of Christ, as demonstrated in John 4.
This article shows that Christians can prepare for worship by focusing on God. The author discusses the activity of worship and the importance of dedicating the whole day to God.
John Stott is surely one of the most influential evangelical Anglican of the twentieth century. He wrote much on worship but it is one of the more neglected aspects of his theology. Randall here identifies and explores John Stott’s work on worship and discusses worship and the whole person, worship shaped by Scripture, and Trinitarian worship, as well as forms of worship.