Over this past week I had the privilege of leading a conference on worship up at the Family Retreat. As I prepared I received a stronger and stronger prompting to bring this subject to the attention of our congregational body.
I’m not sure of the history here in this church, but a decade or two ago there were the worship wars. The worship wars focused mainly on the various styles of music that dominate the service, Some churches proudly stated that they held to a traditional view of worship which meant they sang only hymns. Other churches boasted of their contemporary worship meaning they sang praise choruses. Others (like our church) have settled in the middle blending hymns and choruses.
Worship is not based on what or how we sing. It actually has little to do with us; worship is to be focused on the object being worshiped. However, when our worship gets skewed, we must ask, is it because we have diverted from the worship of the One who deserves our worship.
As I prepared, I kept being drawn back to something Jesus said to the woman at the well, in John 4, beginning in vs. 21: “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
I bring this topic before you because I believe many churches and many believers have lost the true meaning of worship. “The true calling of a Christian is to live in the ordinary but realize that through lifestyle worship life becomes extraordinary.” ~ David Adams
Are we worshiping God biblically?
For the full message shared on 08-18-13 at First Church of God, Racine, WI; go to: