Monday, May 17, 2010

Questions Concerning Worship

What is worship? Is worship of God about God or for us as His people? Has worship always been relevant? Should worship be relevant? Do believers focus too much on style, form, instead of the heart? Can traditions hinder worship? How? What is the purpose of worship? Can believers take Biblical texts out of context concerning what can and can't be done in worship to God? What does it mean to worship in "Spirit and Truth"? Do we often confuse what it means to worship in "Spirit and Truth"? Should worship be seeker friendly? Why or why not? Should we have the mission of Christ in mind when we worship? Why are so many believers so afraid of change when it come to worship? What does it say when we refuse to change in regards to worship? How should worship change us? How does your church worship? Is your church traditional as far as worship of God? How has your church made worship more relevant?

What do you think?
Share your thoughts.


Blogger Kansas Bob said...

Is worship something we do or a way that we live?

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Wendy said...

Or is worship an attitude towards God?

1:22 AM  
Blogger Paul G said...

Worship is not complicated; it simply is honoring, adoring, loving and giving praise to the person you admire.

To worship Elvis Presley is to adore him, to know everything about him, to dress like him, to look and speak like him, to honoring and praise him etc.

The most important question is, who do we worship?
If we worship any other person or identity other than the Lord Jesus Christ, then we have transgressed the first and second commandment of the Lord.

[Mathew 8:2+9:18+15:25+18:26]
To worship Jesus is to worship the Father in Spirit and in truth.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Yes, worship is always about God. God should be the focus of our worship and is the only thing worthy of your worship.

But I don't think you are really asking about worship. What your are really asking about are the assemblies of a local congregation. I think the assembly is for us as his people. In think scripture indicates that the assembly is for the purpose of edification and for encouraging believers to good works. But that does not exclude worship from our assemblies.

Once we figure out that assemblies are supposed to edify those present, the questions you ask begin to fall into place. The assembly should be relevant to those present even though that has not always been the case. Yes we should be seeker friendly. Yes we should have the mission of Christ in mind. According to Hebrews, our assemblies should encourage us and spur us on to good works. You ask a lot of questions in this post. It is hard to answer them all in a short comment.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Kansas Bob said...

I like those thoughts Brian. I might add building a sense of community to your list. I sometimes am amazed when I see hundreds of strangers lining up to take communion.. it seems that communion and community should go together.. seems like a stranger should be one no longer after communion?

3:27 PM  
Blogger Paul G said...

On which God should be our focus?
Are you talking about worshiping Allah, Jehovah, Buddha or Elvis?

And I don't think that God is a 'thing' worthy of our worship.

You know that most churches have become irrelevant, because they do not use God's Name anymore, perhaps they might be ashamed of His Name.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Lots of good questions and good in the comments here, Kinney.

Worship is essentially a response to God for his saving acts through Christ. It is an ascription of his worthiness. And it includes an offering of ourselves to God through Christ.

The church we belong to is probably a blend of traditional and contemporary in the way we worship, but we emphasize the words and are response to them, and not really what might be popular in the way it's done, which is neither here nor there, and is not the point.

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