The Purpose of Church Worship And The Role of Music

What is The Purpose of Worship & Music?

Lately, I’ve had the opportunity to visit a wide variety of churches. Every one of them has a very different approach to leading congregational worship.

And, as I’m sure I heard Robert Webber say, “I’ve found myself thinking and rethinking” about two very fundamental questions. What is the purpose of church worship? and What is the role of music in worship?

This article reflects my thinking so far about those issues. I propose a framework of four key principles for each question and four practical application points.

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Worship Actions & Attitudes: Understanding 10 Hebrew Praise Words

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Worship Actions & Attitudes Hebrew Praise Words

I’ve got a new Kindle book coming out, WORSHIP ACTIONS & ATTITUDES: Understanding 10 Hebrew Words for Praise”. It is a very quick and easy read. I wrote it in response to the large interest shown for Hebrew praise words from my earlier blog post.

Understanding the Biblical foundations of “why we do the things we do” in worship is so very important. It’s vital to worshiping “in spirit and in truth.”

Having a deep appreciation for the original meaning behind these ancient Hebrew praise words can profoundly shape the way you worship.

The Kindle book edition of   “WORSHIP ACTIONS & ATTITUDES: Understanding 10 Hebrew Words for Praise”  explores the topic much deeper and expands beyond my original article (and much of the free stuff you’ll randomly find on the internet), in four substantial ways:

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Do You Know These 10 Amazing Reasons Why We Worship ?

Biblical Essentials for Everyone

Why do Christians worship? Why should we sing and praise and worship God?

Matt Redman has a wonderful song entitled “10,000 Reasons” that offers many affirmations for praising God. But there are far more than just 10,000 reasons to bless and worship the Lord.

Here are what I consider to be 10 amazing reasons “why we worship”. These are at the top of my list. What would you add?

1. We worship because God is worthy.

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom. Psalm 145:3

I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:3

The truth is, the one true God is the only being worthy of worship. Worship directed anywhere else is not only unfulfilling, it is vain idolatry. God alone is worthy of all of our praise.

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A Recap of the Holy Week Experience

Facebook Live Devotional Series Video Compilation

[Video Above] Saturday Holy Week Devotional

For this year’s Holy Week, I experimented with sharing a daily morning video devotional on Facebook Live. This was my first time doing such a thing and it was both a little nerve wracking and fun. Ultimately I was really blessed to see so many people show up, more than once! 🙂

The video above is the final installment: Saturday Holy Week Devotional: The Waiting is The Hardest Part.

I’m going to do one final “broadcast” on the Monday after Resurrection Sunday. This will be about the Eastertide season and Resurrection Power. I have some new thoughts to share.

Here’s a brief recap of the Holy Week Devotional series and links to the accompanying videos.These were quite loose, as I was both learning the technology and organizing my thoughts. But there’s some interesting ideas here, imo. You’ll have to watch the videos to catch it all. Bless ya!  

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How to Make Holy Week More Meaningful

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During Holy Week I’m sharing a short video devotional every morning at 6:59am CST on Facebook Live, April 10-15. Join us in real time or watch the replay on my Facebook profile.  #HolyWeekExperience

Years ago I discovered the riches available when we practice “worship as a lifestyle”  by allowing the Christian calendar to shape our spirituality. During Holy Week you can embark on a personal worship experience of “spiritual immersion”.

This article explains why and how. Be forewarned though, the way I do it is a little extreme, and probably not for everybody.

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When God Makes No Sense

Reflections from "No Easy Answers"

Once upon a time, wrestling with God about the pain and confusion going on in my world and those around me, I wrote this song called  “No Easy Answers”. Recently there’s been a renewed interest in the song and I’ve been in a lot conversations with folks about these thoughts. I’d like to share some reflections.

When God makes no sense.

Perhaps the greatest challenge for believers in God, followers of Jesus and lovers of His ways, is  – how do we honestly reconcile the painful realities of life that lead so easily to disappointment, distance and even anger towards God?

Sometimes there’s a silver lining and a redemptive purpose in suffering, like the story of Joseph. “What was meant for evil, God used for good.” (Genesis 50:20)

Sometimes self sacrifice results in a greater good, like those who serve in the military or first responders.

Sometimes people just do evil wicked acts that steal, kill and destroy – like serial killers and terrorists.

But …

How can you explain the unexplainable?

How can you make sense of the senseless?

There Are No Easy Answers

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