This summer we are exploring what authentic worship looks like. The sermon from 6/26/16 asks, “What Matters Most?” We look at 4 less than best answers and 2 that I believe we are clearly called to. You can listen here.
Central to this question is Jesus response to the Samaritan woman in John 4.
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.” What does Jesus mean?
We meditated on a wonderful description of worship that deeply challenges modern contemporary models . I share it in more detail here – along with some additional definitions that have been meaningful to me:
Soren Kierkegaard: The liturgical leaders (musicians, readers of the scriptures, preachers and celebrants) were to be the prompters in worship. All of us, the congregation as well as the liturgical leaders are the actors in the drama of worship and God alone is the audience for the drama.
William Temple: To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.
Louie Giglio: Worship is our response, both personal and corporate, to God for who He is, and what He has done; expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live.
D. A. Carson: To worship God ‘in spirit and in truth’ is first and foremost a way of saying that we must worship God by means of Christ. In him the reality has dawned and the shadows are being swept away (Hebrews 8:13). Christian worship is new covenant worship; it is gospel-inspired worship; it is Christ-centered worship; it is cross-focused worship.
Warren Weirsbe: Worship is the our response with all we are – mind, emotions, will, body – to all that God is and says and does.
The Goal is Transformation and Participation!
Question: How will you better prepare to enter a worship gathering in the coming weeks?