Worship

“...one of our great failings as sinful human beings is that we are prone to make God small and safe.”

"...the brilliance and the power of Sproul’s book is that it shows us a God who is holy, holy, holy. And really, there’s nothing the English language offers that can adequately explain what’s bound up in that three-fold repetition of 'holy'....

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“In short, we stigmatize the sorrowing by fostering an emotional prosperity culture.”

"We subconsciously oblige the sorrowing among us to swallow their grief, pipe up, and praise the Lord. Disconnected from the celebratory riffs and confident proclamations, the crushed in spirit become sorely neglected by the exclusion of their spiritual pain in corporate worship." - Making Church a Safe Place for Sorrow

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Why do we recite the historic creeds of the church in our worship services?

"...All we are doing is reading a summary of what the Bible says. Second, we believe recitation leads to memorization. It is very important that we understand the basics of Christianity...third, when we recite the creeds, we are affirming that what we believe about the teaching of Scripture is the same as what the Church has believed throughout history." - Ref21

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Worship That Smells: Calvin on Genesis 8

"We should not, however, conclude that any old act of worship informed by faith is pleasing to God. The second ingredient -- also absolutely essential -- to sweet-smelling worship is careful attention to God's own instructions regarding how he wishes to be worshiped. Calvin admits that no explicit command to Noah to offer sacrifices is discovered in the biblical text, but nevertheless argues that Noah 'rested upon the word of God, and... in reliance on the divine command...

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Beware! A Call to More Sincere Worship

On the last week of His incarnate life, Jesus spent a lot of time in the temple. On one occasion, He taught a bit about His identity. Who is the Messiah? Is He just a guy descended from David (Mk 12:35)? He quoted Psalm 110:1, then asked:

David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly (Mk 12:36-37).

Jesus wants to know, “who is this second Lord!?” After all, He’s got to be more than just David’s descendant, right? David calls him “lord,” which is a title of worship. In David’s psalm, this “lord” sits next to Yahweh, in the place of equal honor and status. He’s God’s King. He’s God’s priest; not even descended from Aaron. Together, this “lord” and Yahweh will fight and destroy all enemies one day.

Jesus wants people to stop and think, “the Messiah is more than just a man – He’s God, too! … He’s gotta to be more than a guy descended from David!” Jesus wants us to stop and think the same thing.

How should this reality impact the attitude we bring to worship; not just on Sunday, but every day?

Christians who are heirs and offspring of the Reformed(ish) Protestant tradition, like Regular Baptists, should have a “Big God” view of worship. They have a “Big God” view of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This means:

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