The Unofficial Israel Tour :: Caesarea Philippi

Why did Jesus take his disciples so far north to ask them a couple simple questions? Caesarea Philippi was in pagan territory after all! Let’s take an unofficial tour and see this famous bible story with new eyes…

It seems to me that congregational [participation] cannot occur without two very basic ingredients: the congregation must understand what they are doing, and they must intend to make the responses that are part of worship. Worship is a verb.

-Robert Webber, Worship Is a Verb: Celebrating God’s Mighty Deeds of Salvation, Second Edition

Response, from the very beginning of worship to the end, must be a powerful inner experience of actually being in the presence of God. When we sing a hymn or say a confession or prayer, we are not singing or saying words, but expressing a feeling, bringing our souls, truly responding and communicating to the loving and active presence of a loving and merciful God.

-Robert Webber, Worship Is a Verb: Celebrating God’s Mighty Deeds of Salvation, Second Edition

Worship Stories: Abraham&Sarah

Once upon a time, there was a “man of the road” and a “man of faith”.  His name was Abraham.  We see that he came to worship by faith alone and was given blessings from God.  However, these blessings weren’t for him alone.  He was blessed so that he could be a blessing to others…

Worship Stories: Cain&Abel

Worship in Wilderness after Eden always involves death. First, there is our death from sin and then the death of Jesus…but as we’ll see in this story…the blood of Jesus speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

Worship Stories: Adam&Eve

Adam & Eve worshiped from the instant they were created. But what do we mean when we say the word “worship”? Let’s tell an epic story and figure it out…

Worship forms me spiritually. Worship not only presents Christ, it causes Christ to be formed in my life. The structure of worship is itself the structure of life—words and deeds. When I am thoroughly involved in worship I not only hear and see, but I become…To be formed by worship is to take on the characteristics of Christ, to be shaped by his presence within.

-Robert Webber, Worship Is a Verb: Celebrating God’s Mighty Deeds of Salvation, Second Edition

Worship Is Identity

Much of the time, we think about worship in terms of what we do.  We sing, we listen, we read, we pray, we give, we serve, we do…do…do…do.  But first, worship is our identity in Christ.  Let’s talk…

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