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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The Temptations of Evangelical Worship: It’s not about manufacturing positive religious feelings.

"...many weeks what we mostly want is for worship to give us a good spiritual feeling. I suspect that by our inattention to what we’re singing. We sing various choruses that say, 'Bring down your glory' and 'show us your face.' But we do not know what we’re asking for. People in the Bible who actually encountered God’s glory fall on the ground in fear." - Christianity Today

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Worship is Not Entertainment, Should Christian Music Ever Be?

"If it keeps us appropriately meditating on Him, all is well. If it is just a mindless, (though beautiful and peaceful) background noise, it is not. It might be better to reserve 'God music' for times that we can meditate on it as we listen." - Proclaim & Defend

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Church Entertainment Fatigue—Are People Tired of the Church’s Glitzy Stage?

"When a local congregation creates a culture of church entertainment in an attempt to build a congregation, it will only be a matter of time before they begin to experience the negative consequences that emphasis will bring." - Christian Leaders

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