If worship is about ‘ascribing worth’, then it’s easy to see where worship goes wrong. Adam and Eve think what they’ll gain from the fruit is of greater worth than what they have with God…
As sinless image bearers, Adam and Eve were part of creation’s perpetual testimony to the worthiness – the goodness, glory, brilliance and beauty – of God’s handiwork. As soon as they sinned, the broke rank with that testimony, choosing to exalt and serve their own glory.
-Mike Cosper, Rhythms of Grace
In worship our focus is not on self, not on our problems, not on other people or circumstances, but on God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. But too often we drag into worship all those everyday life issues that have concerned us over the past week or more. . . .
Our calling is to be present to the action that is taking place, to focus on the moment, to center on the Christ…
-Robert Webber, Worship Is a Verb: Celebrating God’s Mighty Deeds of Salvation, Second Edition
There is a need for personal preparation before the service of worship begins. . . . Worship has to do with our heart, our interior person, our longing for God, our openness to his Spirit. Before worship we must learn to center our thoughts and our whole being so that we may behold God, listen to him, and internalize his message for us.
-Robert Webber, Worship Is a Verb: Celebrating God’s Mighty Deeds of Salvation
This past weekend, we had a tech crisis. But in the middle of a crisis, our bigger problem was loving one another. All of life is worship and that includes the way we love another another.
When we create art, we become co-creators with God. We also help people see the beautiful world God made in a new way.
Lots of people think that worship is limited to a religious event, but the Bible teaches something very different. We’ll walk and talk about how all of life is worship and that doesn’t end with a service!
It’s easy to think that going to worship God is our idea…or at least our choice. But, who invented worship? Who calls the meeting between us and God? We walk and talk as we think about who invented worship.
All of life is worship, but how is worship a declaration of war? What other things are going to war for our heart, souls, minds and strengths? What is the connection with allegiance? We walk and talk this week about how worship is war.
**Thanks to Aaron Ivey, Paul Tripp and Solomon for their thoughts on God’s glory!