Worship and the Reality of God

Professor John Jefferson Davis shows what's really needed for the renewal of worship in our evangelical churches.

Worship and the Reality of God

Author: John Jefferson Davis

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830868209


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Is God missing from our worship? Obstacles to true worship are not about contemporary or traditional music, electronic gadgetry or seeker sensitivity. Rather it is the habits of mind and heart, conditioned by our surrounding culture, that hinder our faith in the real presence of the transcendent God among his people. Sensing a real need for renewal, John Jefferson Davis offers a theology of worship that uncovers the most fundamental barriers to our vital involvement in the worship of our holy God. His profound theological analysis leads to fresh and bracing recommendations that will be especially helpful to all those who lead worship or want to more fully and deeply encounter the glory and majesty of God.

Worldview as Worship

To worship in spirit is to live the reality of God's truth or, in contemporary parlance
, his worldview. As Paul makes clear in Romans 12:1–2, the biblical worldview
cannot be separated from a vibrant, all-encompassing expression of the
believer's ...

Worldview as Worship

Author: Eddie Karl Baumann

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630876798

Page: 352

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The goal of many evangelical educators is to facilitate biblical thinking and the worldview transformation of their students. Yet, aside from upholding a set of moral behaviors or maintaining positions on issues perceived to be "Christian," the goals and aspirations of most evangelical young people differ little from their unbelieving peers. As George Barna has noted, "We have a generation coming up that . . . isn't looking at Christianity to answer spiritual concerns . . . We either change or we lose them." Worldview as Worship contends that the approach taken by most evangelical educators to the issue of worldview transformation has neglected to address two fundamental components of worldviews. First, that our initial worldviews are not philosophical systems but rather faith dispositions and that worldview transformation cannot simply present the biblical worldview as a more rational or logical system, but must address issues of the heart as well as the mind. Second, unlike philosophies that are individual, worldviews are communal and are learned and transformed within the context of community practice. Appealing to Paul's teaching in Romans 12:1-2, Worldview as Worship approaches the "renewing of your mind" as the result of the believer's presentation of themselves as a "holy sacrifice . . . which is your spiritual service of worship." The book advocates an approach to worldview transformation that focuses on believers as apprentices rather than simply as students--an approach that holds true to the biblical model of discipleship. As a result, worldview transformation works best when the application of faith to the issues of learning and life are modeled by the faith community and where students are given the opportunity to put faith into practice.

Recalling the Hope of Glory

The proper motivation for worship has always been the revelation of the God of
glory. It is this alone that lifts people out of their world and transports them in their
spirits to the Paradise to come. Now that Christian worship centers on the reality ...

Recalling the Hope of Glory

Author: Allen P. Ross

Publisher: Kregel Academic

ISBN: 082549754X

Page: 591

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Moving beyond worship wars over style and denominational proclivities, this book considers all the major biblical passages about worship. Regardless of their denomination, pastors, worship leaders, and laypeople interested in the biblical themes of worship will benefit from this definitive resource.

Worship in the Letter to the Hebrews

For the audience to be partners of the Christ in heavenly worship, they must “hold
the beginning of the reality firm until the end” (3:14). The beginning of the “reality,
” resonating with the Son's being the representation of the “reality” of God (1:3), ...

Worship in the Letter to the Hebrews

Author: John Paul Heil

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621899071

Page: 326

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This book seeks a more comprehensive understanding and appreciation for the Letter to the Hebrews by examining it from the viewpoint of its prominent theme of worship. It aims to demonstrate the topic of worship in all of its rich and varied dimensions provides the major concern and thrust that embraces Hebrews from start to finish. The author of Hebrews encourages his audience to hold on to the letter he has written to them as "the word of the encouragement" (Heb 13:22). In a very carefully concerted and masterfully artistic way, the letter persistently encourages the members of its audience with regard to their worship. Indeed, Hebrews was intended to be presented orally in a public performance as a liturgical or homiletic letter, an act of worship in itself, heard by its audience gathered together as a worshiping assembly. Hebrews exhorts the members of its audience not only with regard to their liturgical worship in which they engage during their communal gatherings, but also with regard to their ethical or moral worship in which they engage by the way they conduct themselves outside of their communal gatherings. This close examination of Hebrews through the lens of worship is intended to inform and enrich the worship of Christians today. Hebrews presents important and unique points about worship not found in any other New Testament writing. The goal is to illustrate and illuminate these points for the benefit of those who desire to deepen their worship as Christians by deepening their understanding of the magnificent literary masterpiece that the poetically lively letter to the Hebrews articulates for all Christians.

From Praise to Worship to the Glory of God

Part 3 What did Jesus say about worship The kingdom of God is near. ... All that
Jesus did and said, from his first teaching in Galilee through his resurrection and
ascension, focuses on the reality of God: his rule and power in all aspects of our ...

From Praise to Worship to the Glory of God

Author: Paul Jones

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1411641329

Page: 113

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Praise is an outward expression of what God has done for us. Worship is an inward expression of our total devotion to Him. The glory of His presence is where we adore Him and have spiritual communion with Him. We celebrate and reflect on everything that He is. In this book we will learn the patterns in praise and worship that is found in the Old Testamant and the New Testamant, and how they are expressed in our worship today. God desires to dwell in us, and he does that through worship.

Introduction to Christian Worship

Far from trying to escape time, Christian worship uses time as one of its essential
structures. Our present time is used to place us in contact with God's acts in time
past and future. Salvation, as we experience it in worship, is a reality based on ...

Introduction to Christian Worship

Author: James F. White

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 0687091098

Page: 326

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Introduction to Christian Worship, Third Edition traces the development of the major forms of Christian worship, and includes discussion of the newest service books of the principal churches of North America and the British Isles. This staple of liturgical history is used widely in Protestant seminaries and is read by clergy and laity alike as an accurate, informative, and accessible introduction to all aspects of Christian worship. This revision keeps pace with the latest scholarship and includes more maps, tables, woodcuts, and photographs.

Introduction to Christian Worship Third Edition

Far from trying to escape time, Christian worship uses time as one of its essential
structures. Our present time is used to place us in contact with God's acts in time
past and future. Salvation, as we experience it in worship, is a reality based on ...

Introduction to Christian Worship Third Edition

Author: James F. White

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426722850

Page: 220

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Introduction to Christian Worship, Third Edition traces the development of the major forms of Christian worship, and includes discussion of the newest service books of the principal churches of North America and the British Isles. This staple of liturgical history is used widely in Protestant seminaries and is read by clergy and laity alike as an accurate, informative, and accessible introduction to all aspects of Christian worship. This revision keeps pace with the latest scholarship and includes more maps, tables, woodcuts, and photographs.

Worship Beyond Nationalism

representing faithfulness to God in worship, the church's identity as the body of
Christ, and the church's Christ-formed ... Faithful worship enables congregations
to enact the reality of God's kingdom and to embody the gospel for the glory of ...

Worship Beyond Nationalism

Author: Rob Hewell

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621891569

Page: 154

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The church in the United States faces a dilemma: How is it possible for Christ's followers to worship faithfully in a nationalistic environment where religion and politics enjoy a vigorous affiliation while the separation of church and state is celebrated as the standard for the relationship between nation and faith? When nationalism propagates itself through a cross-pollination of the stories, symbols, and celebrations of the nation-state and religious groups, the stage is set for a national history bearing the character of sanctified legend. Such resulting civil religious activity is likely to create dissonance for Christ's followers between what they understand to be biblically faithful and what nationalistic practices may endorse as religiously valid. Worship Beyond Nationalism explores faithful worship as a political act by which Christians declare their allegiance to God in Christ rather than to worldly empires, enabling congregations to enact the reality of God's kingdom and embody the gospel for the glory of God and for the sake of the world.

Psalms for Preaching and Worship

2, 4a), word (v. 3a), and deed (vv. 3b, 4bc). The opposition is real; but amid the
presence of the enemy, the psalmist perceives a deeper, more fundamental, and
more enduring realityGod, and God's all-pervasive and all-providing “
steadfast ...

Psalms for Preaching and Worship

Author: Roger E. Van Harn

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802863213

Page: 506

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Psalms for Preaching and Worship a key addition to the critically acclaimed three-volume Lectionary Commentary / Despite the rich resources available for studying the Psalms, few are as focused on their place in worship and preaching as is this volume. The responsorial Psalms of the Revised Common Lectionary are here taken up in careful and often illuminating interpretation with attention also to their interaction with other lectionary texts. The many ways that psalms can function meaningfully in the liturgical life of congregations are explored especially in John Witvliet s concluding section. I know of no work that combines practice and substance better than this lectionary commentary. Patrick D. Miller / Princeton Theological Seminary / A fascinating book well organized, well written and edited, thorough, and informative. . . . An excellent resource not only for preachers using the Revised Common Lectionary but also for those wishing to preach a series of sermons on the Psalms. In addition, worship leaders and worship committees will appreciate the many excellent ideas for using the Psalms in worship. Highly recommended. Sidney Greidanus / author of Preaching Christ from the Old Testament and Preaching Christ from Genesis / Here is something even better than a simple completion of The Lectionary Commentary, which would be cause enough for gratitude. . . . Serious attention paid to this one book could go a long way toward remedying the scandalous neglect of the treasure of the Psalms in too much contemporary worship. Marguerite Shuster / Fuller Theological Seminary / Contributors: Nancy R. Bowen, William P. Brown, Walter Brueggemann, Richard J. Clifford, Nancy L. deClaiss-Walford, Jennifer S. Green, Karl N. Jacobson, Rolf A. Jacobson, Melody D. Knowles, Eunny P. Lee, Joel M. LeMon, James Limburg, J. Clinton McCann, James K. Mead, Carol A. Miles, Luke A. Powery, Stephen Breck Reid, Sandra L. Richter, Cynthia L. Rigby, Kathryn L. Roberts, Brent A. Strawn, Beth LaNeel Tanner, Roger E. Van Harn, Raymond C. Van Leeuwen, J. Ross Wagner, Gerald H. Wilson, John Witvliet, Christine Roy Yoder.

Youth Handbook

Because we live in relationship with God , everything that we do is worship . At
work or ... Properly , fully , worship is the whole of our wholehearted response to
the wonderful , majestic , humbling , encouraging reality of God . Worship is our ...

Youth Handbook

Author: Mark Montgomery

Publisher: Church House Publishing

ISBN: 9780715140574

Page: 149

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A wide-ranging book that will make churches re-think the way they engage young people in worship. A must for every church youthworker, covering creative approaches to liturgy, new forms of worship, and spirituality.

Intercessory Worship

Combining Worship and Prayer to Touch the Heart of God Dick Eastman ... It is a
deeply personal journey that I have been reluctant to describe in print, though it
seems appropriate hereas it relates so clearly to our final worship reality.

Intercessory Worship

Author: Dick Eastman

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 144126809X

Page: 272

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A glorious spiritual awakening is on the horizon, sparked by the combustible mix of worship and prayer. Dick Eastman calls this combination "intercessory worship," and in this one-of-a-kind guidebook, he explains how worship-saturated prayer rises like a fragrance before God's throne to declare His glory and reign over all circumstances, relationships and governments. He shows readers how to engage in life-transforming intercessory worship. He also reveals why intercessory worship is the greatest last-days prayer movement in history and invites believers to join the worldwide Body of Christ in fanning the flames of revival through biblical worship and scriptural prayer. The world will be transformed as the presence and power of the Spirit pour forth from the heart of God.

Christ as the Reality

2:7-8 The first important matter in regard to seeing Christ as the reality is to
realize that Christ is the reality by which we worship God. In the universe, the
relationship between man and God is man's worship to God. Whatever we are,
whatever ...

Christ as the Reality

Author: Witness Lee

Publisher: Living Stream Ministry

ISBN: 0870830473

Page: 200

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Committed Worship Adult conversion and initiation

CHAPTER IV Socialization into the Family of God In the preceding chapters we
have examined both the personal and the ... A complete and adequate theology
of conversion needs to explain how converts ought to perceive the reality of God

Committed Worship  Adult conversion and initiation

Author: Donald L. Gelpi

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814658253

Page: 278

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Volume II develops a sacramental theology that addresses the needs of all adult Christians. The chapters on Marriage show how conversion both humanizes and Christianizes human sexuality, providing the context for a foundational rethinking of the meaning of the context for a foundational rethinking of the meaning of Christian Marriage. The discussion of Orders examines the responsibilities of ordained leaders and throws light on the rise of clericalism and on the meaning of priestly identity and ministry, in addition to clarifying the relationship between the priesthood of the laity and that of the ordained. A discussion of Christian nurture explains the practical and theoretical meaning of infant Baptism. This volume also examines the three sacraments that most foster ongoing conversion: Reconciliation, Anointing and Eucharist. After situating each of these rituals in its Biblical and historical setting, the author shows how each contributes to ongoing Christian conversion.

Worship across the Racial Divide

Reality. of. Practice. People need something to connect them, something to have
them comeback, and I think music is very ... “It's amazing to me how we've come
together for the sake of worshiping God, for the sake of God himself, to worship ...

Worship across the Racial Divide

Author: Gerardo Marti

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199920966

Page: 280

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Many scholars and church leaders believe that music and worship style are essential in stimulating diversity in congregations. Gerardo Marti draws on interviews with more than 170 congregational leaders and parishioners, as well as his experiences participating in worship services in a wide variety of Protestant, multiracial Southern Californian churches, to present this insightful study of the role of music in creating congregational diversity. Worship across the Racial Divide offers a surprising conclusion: that there is no single style of worship or music that determines the likelihood of achieving a multiracial church. Far more important are the complex of practices of the worshipping community in the production and absorption of music. Multiracial churches successfully diversify by stimulating unobtrusive means of interracial and interethnic relations; in fact, preparation for music apart from worship gatherings proves to be just as important as its performance during services. Marti shows that aside from and even in spite of the varying beliefs of attendees and church leaders, diversity happens because music and worship create practical spaces where cross-racial bonds are formed. This groundbreaking book sheds light on how race affects worship in multiracial churches. It will allow a new understanding of the dynamics of such churches, and provide crucial aid to church leaders for avoiding the pitfalls that inadvertently widen the racial divide.

Why Worship Matters

But this reality does not negate the truth of God nor does it excuse us from
sharing the truth with others. Against the postmodern rejection of the possibility
that any universal, overarching truth is true to all people in all places, Christianity
can ...

Why Worship Matters

Author: Robert A. Rimbo

Publisher: Augsburg Books

ISBN: 9781451417135

Page: 96

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The first volume in the series. Written in the style of good preaching, this collection of bite-size essays is a conversation-starter for those who want to look at the assembly’s worship in very broad terms. The Worship Matters Studies Series examines key worship issues through studies by pastors, musicians, and lay people from throughout the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Features include:Informal and insightful writing for all readers Study questions at the end of every chapter Examines vital issues in weekly worship Helps leaders and congregants understand and experience worship more richly

Worship Resources for Special Sundays

[All sing] Let us not discount the importance of God's presence. I was reminded of
that the other day ... But the reality of God's presence means that our attitudes
and deeds are open knowledge to God. In those circumstances, there may be ...

Worship Resources for Special Sundays

Author: Pamela J. Abbey

Publisher: CSS Publishing

ISBN: 0788019740

Page: 76

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Here's a practical collection of thoughtful material to help you celebrate several special occasions during the fall and winter months: Rally Day, Reformation Sunday, All Saints' Day, Thanksgiving, Advent, and Youth Sunday. Included are: - "The Saga Of Bobby Wildgoose," a service and sermon specifically tailored for the fall kick-off of Sunday school and commissioning of new Sunday school teachers. The message relates the inspirational story of the beginnings of the Sunday school movement, illustrating the difference that one person can make in the lives of young people. - "Facing The 21st Century With A 16th Century Faith," a message and service for Reformation Sunday that examines what motivated Martin Luther in his disagreements with the established church and suggests that Luther's ideas about the authority of the Bible, the priesthood of all believers, and justification by faith alone remain the durable bedrock of our Christian faith today. - "Running With The Cloud," a stirring All Saints' Day sermon and service reminding us that we who are living are only a small segment of the church universal, and noting that we can draw great strength from the lives of the "saints" who have gone before us. - "A Solid Place To Stand," a Thanksgiving message and service that explores how the Bible's promise of God's presence with us gives us a firm foundation to base our lives on. - "The Measure Of A Man," "A Heart Prepared," "Night Watch," and "Tidings," a set of four first-person monologue sermons for Advent that tell the old, old story with a twist. We see the birth of the Christ Child unfold through the eyes of Joseph, the innkeeper's wife, a shepherd, and an angel. Key Advent themes such as watching, preparation, and righteous action are raised as each character struggles to make sense of extraordinary events. - A Youth Sunday worship service with a charming children's story honoring the presence and participation of the church's young people. The service celebrates their fresh vision and courage in risking, praying, and creating the future. Stan Purdum is the pastor of Centenary United Methodist Church in Waynesburg, Ohio. He is also the editor of the preaching journal "Emphasis," and has written extensively for both the religious and secular press. Purdum is the author of "Roll Around Heaven All Day" and "Playing In Traffic," both accounts of his long-distance bicycle journeys, as well as "New Mercies I See" (CSS), a collection of parish stories revealing God's grace. Pamela J. Abbey is a United Methodist minister whose early working years were spent in professional theater. She is currently the pastor of Concord United Methodist Church in Concord, California, and has previously served three other congregations in northern California. Abbey holds degrees in theater from the University of Indianapolis (BA) and the University of Minnesota (MA) as well as an MDiv degree from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. Elaine M. Ward is a storyteller/writer/preacher who served for nearly twenty years as Minister of Children at University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. She is a graduate of Capital University, Union Theological Seminary (New York City) and Lancaster Theological Seminary, where she was writer-in-residence for seven years. Now a resident of Austin, Texas, Ward is the author of "Asking For Wonder," "And The Sea Lay Down," "Alleluia!" and "Story Time At The Altar" (CSS), as well as "Love In A Lunchbox: Poems And Parables For Children's Worship" (Abingdon).

A Treasury of Prayer Praise Worship Vol 3

6:3, 4 1813 “God of Conversion: How marvelous are your dealings with the proud
—that even Nebuchadnezzar, king of a heathen land who only knew the concept
of gods but not the reality of God, would comfort your servant Daniel, saying: ...

A Treasury of Prayer  Praise   Worship Vol 3

Author: Dr. Trevor M. Chase

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469163640

Page: 378

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A Treasury of Prayer, Praise & Worship is the outcome of a verseby- verse journey through every book in the Bible. This journey undertaken by this author has yielded a total of over 2,000 samples of communicating with God in acknowledgement of His benefi cence, His magnifi cence, and His ultimate and unique Supremacy. This book does not only walk the reader through the scenic corridors of the awesomeness of our Lord, God Almighty, but it furnishes the soul with what it takes to navigate those corridors responsively in a manner that transcends the disconnectedness of ritualistic routine. Prayer, Praise and Worship is an educational adventure that connects with Gods principles of prosperity, His treasures of Grace and mercy, the lifestyle riches of His wonderful ways, and the guidance and peace of His faithful responses and yes He does respond.

The Power of Return

God's goodness and lovingkindness were again the focus. They said ... Worship
is a response to the reality of God. When the ... We should not think it strange to
see people singing, proclaiming God's goodness, and bowing down before Him.

The Power of Return

Author: John Goyette

Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers

ISBN: 0768493668

Page: 248

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The Power of Return provides a blueprint for the church to return to God. Twelve great biblical awakenings present a model that helps us understand what God expects us to do to prepare for His powerful touch on church and society. A fascinating concept the revival protocol is revealed and sets the stage for us to find our way back to God. This pattern and the wonderful results that follow its application are clearly seen. Riveting accounts of glory clouds and heavenly fire, idols torn from their pedestals and people swept together in powerful times of repentance and worship fill these pages.

The One Year Worship the King Devotional

If God will be with me . . . then the LORD will be my God. GENESIS 28:2021 IN ...
The implications weren't lost on Jacob; he named the place “house of God” and
built a monument. His vow ... The reality of God's presence had been made clear.

The One Year Worship the King Devotional

Author: Chris Tiegreen

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 9781414385327

Page: 384

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Thoughtful and insightful, Chris Tiegreen has helped thousands of readers know God more intimately through his writing. In this beautiful leatherlike edition of The One Year Worship the King Devotional, he explores a crucial question for Christians: What is worship and why is it so important to God? Drawing from the many examples of worship in Scripture—both true and false—the daily devotionals focus on the role of worship in the believer’s life and in the grand scheme of creation. Readers will be encouraged to give their lives for the glory of the King and to continually press toward deeper and purer praise.

One God One Word

The Truth about the Knowledge and Worship of God Clarence G. Wilson.
CHAPTER. 1. 0. CALL. TO. REALITY. As previously mentioned, I was raised as a
Christian, in the Baptist faith. About sixteen years ago (1988), I had begun to get
very ...

One God One Word

Author: Clarence G. Wilson

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1412024897

Page: 456

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This Book shares the true Knowledge of God. It gives the facts of Creation, beginning with the revealing of God Himself, through the revealing of the spirit beings, to the creation of man. It reveals the true methods of worshiping God in this life, as well as revealing the coming judgments of God on the heavens and on the earth, and it reveals the details of the Hereafter, including Heaven and hell. The oneness of God and the oneness of religion among all people is stressed to the believers of God, just as He revealed it to His servants throughout the ages. The defects of Christianity are revealed, as well as the errors concerning the crucifixion, the resurrection, and the Passion of the Christ. The details of God's Truth as It exists in Judaism, in Hinduism, in Buddhism, and in Islam are also revealed. Most of the Knowledge in this Book comes from Jesus himself, as this Book contains more of Jesus' spoken words than any other documentary on Jesus. The Bible contains only a fraction of Jesus' Message. The rest of the Knowledge in this Book was revealed to the prophets of God, as documented in the Word of God, and this is the prophesized Book that must be opened in the End Times, for the saving of mankind (Isa. 30:8,52:7, Dan. 12:4,9, Hab. 2:14, Rev. 10:10,11). This Book is prepared as a Warning to unbelievers and as a Guide to those desiring Eternal Life.