As I currently study for a Masters Degree in Ministry, I have been examining worship practices in both Testaments, from their historical and theological perspectives, to glean a baseline theology of worship that can remain steady while fleshing itself out in virtually any context. Below are some thoughts from an assignment I submitted about worship content that forms us. I’d invite you to imagine how this content might flesh out in your contemporary context.
A Biblical Theology of Worship acknowledges that God is the gracious initiator of worship, and is faithful to reveal Himself to His people, who accept His invitation to worship Him in one voice. Gatherings are Christocentric, where we worship the Father, in the Son and by the Spirit, whole-heartedly, as one body. Central to our worship must be Christ’s Lordship and the teaching of God’s Word, with intentional opportunity for the body of believers to grow in relationship with one another, allowing for mutual ministry and edification. As we rehearse the great story of God, the life of Christ, and God’s saving acts throughout history and in our own experience, we exhort and encourage one another to grow in godliness, and to live lives of steadfast obedience to the Lord as we await His return. As we approach Him in reverence and thanksgiving for the finished work of Christ, we observe together the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and we learn to dialog with God in many forms of prayer with a desire to know and be known by Him. We also learn to pray with and for each other as we grow in grace, and to offer our gifts for ministry to the congregation. While we worship with singing, testimony and prayer, and by hearing and speaking the Word of God, we celebrate the past and anticipate the future. Here, we are continually shaped in our faith so that we can live as sent people, whose worship is lived out daily in the world as ministers of reconciliation. The journey of life, even outside of the sanctuary, becomes a place for ceaseless praise and expectation.
What would you add?