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Aug 18, 2014: Spiritually Nourishing Worship

Aug 18, 2014: Spiritually Nourishing Worship

Worship nourishes the spiritual life.

 
Aug 11, 2014: Worship Forms Me

Aug 11, 2014: Worship Forms Me

Worship is not that which I do, but that which is done in me.

 
Aug 4, 2014: We Need the Story

Aug 4, 2014: We Need the Story

God has won a decisive victory over the powers of evil and will eventually set up his kingdom forever. Consider what is happening in our world today with the militant terrorists who wish to cast Israel into the sea and scale the wall of the Western world and bring it […]

 
July 28, 2014: Self-generated Worship

July 28, 2014: Self-generated Worship

Worship is about God . . . . The great majority of [contemporary worship] choruses, however, are about me.

 
July 21, 2014: Worship Anticipates the New World

July 21, 2014: Worship Anticipates the New World

In the postmodern world of violence and uncertainty, there is a great need to recover the Christus Victor theme.

 
July 14, 2014: Content, Structure and Style

July 14, 2014: Content, Structure and Style

Webber on the content, structure and style of worship.

 
July 7, 2014: Biblical Purpose of Worship

July 7, 2014: Biblical Purpose of Worship

Seeker-oriented contemporary churches argue that worship does not need to present the whole gospel. The purpose of worship, they say, is to get people in the door. Then, after they have gained a hearing, they present the gospel in small-group settings. This argument may be good marketing, but it fails […]

 
June 30, 2014: Is Your Worship Biblical?

June 30, 2014: Is Your Worship Biblical?

One does not need to become liturgical to become more biblical in worship. Remembrance of God’s actions in history to save the world can be effectively done in a spontaneous way as well. When planning worship ask, “Does the service connect creation with God’s involvement in the history of Israel, […]

 
June 23, 2014: God’s Vision for the World

June 23, 2014: God’s Vision for the World

God’s vision for the world is remembered and anticipated in worship. Worship is all about how God, [who] with his own two hands—the incarnate Word and the Holy Spirit—has rescued the world. . . . The centerpiece of his saving action is the incarnation, death, and resurrection, where sin and […]

 
June 16, 2014: Living the Future Life Today

June 16, 2014: Living the Future Life Today

Holy living . . . is to be a direct outcome of worship and an anticipation of life in God’s eschatological domain. . . . The ethical life of the church is an eschatological witness to the world of how people should be living and how the world will be […]

 
June 9, 2014: Experience the Eternal

June 9, 2014: Experience the Eternal

The purpose of the Genesis account of creation is doxology (right praise); it calls us to a posture of praise. Doxology is our response to God’s story. . . . Doxology is the way to momentarily experience the eternal kingdom of God’s perfection over all creation. -Robert E. Webber, Ancient-Future […]

 
June 2, 2014: Telling the Story Forms Faith

June 2, 2014: Telling the Story Forms Faith

Pentecost Sunday ends the extraordinary season that began on the first Sunday of Advent. In approximately six months the church has been carried through all the saving events of God—his incarnation, manifestation to the world, life, death, resurrection, and ascension as well as the coming of the Holy Spirit. All […]

 
May 26, 2014: Creation Restored

May 26, 2014: Creation Restored

Worship should do God’s narrative and point to the future when creation, delivered from sin, will be restored to God’s original design. In this world there is always a witness to the restoration of the world, and you should be able to find it in the worship of the church. […]

 
May 19, 2014: Remember God’s Story

May 19, 2014: Remember God’s Story

Biblical remembering makes the power and the saving effect of the event present to the worshiping community. . . . God loves our worship when we remember his saving deeds in Jesus Christ. Our worship tells that old, old, story. That’s the story God gave the world, and that story […]

 
May 12, 2014: What Biblical Worship Does

May 12, 2014: What Biblical Worship Does

Here is what biblical worship does: It remembers God’s work in the past, anticipates God’s rule over all creation, and actualizes both past and future in the present to transform persons, communities, and the world. -Robert E. Webber, Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God’s Narrative (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, […]