The sixth and final in a 6 part series on worship. I was invited to speak on worship in church; to articulate in 30 minutes the breadth and depth of what I have long experienced and believed to be biblical.
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Wonky (defn) :
1. shaky or unsteady
2. not in correct alignment; askew
3. liable to break down or develop a fault
My assertion: Worship is one of the most wonky aspects in the contemporary church!
6. Closing thoughts and questions
First a quick note on what you all thought this was really going to be about: singing in church!
Why corporate worship with music? It's because it is a public expression of the unity of the body in spirit around the orthodox truths (which is why the lyrics are so important!); music is a powerful bridge between the mind and heart. Both become engaged, and so it's an expression of our total being expressing a creative gift, able to transcend those barriers we build against being touched by God.
To fully engage in worship through song is dangerous, because it may open doors we've been struggling to keep closed. It's the equivalent of jumping into a pool in which you cannot stand, and suddenly you find how important having a lungful of air is.
Second, some questions
And some final words from A.W. Tozer
"Worship, I say, rises or falls with our concept of God .... and if there is one terrible disease in the Church of Christ, it is that we do not see God as great as He is."
"No one can worship God in Spirit & Truth for long before the obligation to holy service becomes too strong to resist."