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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Tozer on Worship and Entertainment #1

11 Profound Quotes from Chapter 1

Note: Hey friends, I’ve been busy this summer preparing an online course on worship and discipleship. Over the years I’ve been influenced and inspired by the work of A. W. Tozer, as have many in the worship space. The following are several quotes I pulled from chapter 1 of the book entitled “Tozer on Worship and Entertainment“. Use them to energize your ideas about worship. 

(AW Tozer compiled by James L. Snyder, (c) 1997 Zur Ltd., Wing Spread Publishers, Camp Hill, PA) (The headings are my own.)


Our Hearts Long For Him

Worship seeks union with its beloved, and an active effort to close the gap between the heart and the God it adores is worship at its best. p.2

Don’t Worship for What You Receive

We [do] calm our spirits and there is a soothing effect in worship, but the primary object of church attendance is not to relax – it is to offer worship, which belongs to God. p.3

A Happy Ending

When all the full redeemed universe is back once more worshiping God in full voice, happily and willingly, then we will see the new creation – the new heaven and the new earth. p.4 

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Draw Me Nearer: Songwriting As An Overflow of Intimacy

My Guest Post for WorshipTeamTraining.com

Note: I’m delighted to be a guest contributor to the WorshipTeamTraining.com website. This article contains my recent guest post “Draw Me Nearer” along with bonus links to the recording of my song and lyrics. 


Guest Post http://www.worshipteamtraining.com/draw-me-nearer/

In this article I want to talk about two things. First, some biblical principles for developing greater intimacy with God. Second, how the fruit of our intimacy with God can result in many good things, in this instance writing new songs.

Designed For Intimacy

We are designed for intimacy. First with God, then with others. The gospel promises that we can connect with God at the deepest, most authentic part of our souls.

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To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice

05 Five Epic Worship Fails: King Saul Disobeys

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Final installment! In this series we’ve been looking at Five Epic Worship Fails from scripture,  what we can learn from them, and how we can apply their lessons in our lives and ministry. Make sure you read the Introduction first!

Epic Fail Number Five: King Saul Disobeys (1 Samuel 13:7-15
1 Samuel 15)

In the session were going to be looking at two episodes from the life of Saul in the Old Testament.

Background of the story.  Saul is the first King of Israel. He was anointed, and he has some early victories in his life and reign. But he has a bit of an inferiority complex and it caught up with him. Ultimately, His character could not sustain this calling.

Let’s look at the first story. 

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