“Throughout Christian history, churches have wanted the Gospel of Scripture to shape and order their meetings as well as their sermons.
The Bible does not require a particular order, but is obvious that to include prayers, songs, reading and sermon in a random collection of items will undermine the edifying encouragement of the meeting.”
How might the gospel shape the gathering?
a) Gospel doctrines celebrated by the church
• Songs adoring God’s character.
• Confession of sin.
• Declaration, in Creed or songs, praising Christ’s saving work and the reassurance of pardon.
Moving on to…
b) Gospel Doctrines applied to church life
• Application of the Gospel to community life in notices, testimony, prayers and topical presentations.
• Bible reading.
• Exposition of Scripture as the primary highpoint of the meeting.
• Questions / Prophetic insight into the text / Applicatory prayers.
• Songs and final prayer regarding a life-response of repentant faith.
“In a Christian worship service clarity and ease of understanding are to be prized.
We are to stand opposed to anything that gets in the way of such understanding, even if that something is edifying to this person or that one individually.
The body needs to be able to say amen.”
“When worship gets married to a particular style of music, the consequences are huge.
In previous generations, the marriage was between worship and classical music. In my own generation, it’s a marriage between particular styles of pop music and worship.
Biblically speaking, there’s a better way.
One day, every tribe, tongue, and nation will be before God’s throne.
I think that will include classical music, modern worship, hip-hop, Qawwali folk music, and more.
Our churches have the opportunity to be a microcosm of that reality.”
- Nonsensical words.
- When they don’t lead (a mic is not for listening).
- Singing in keys no one else can sing in.
- Singing the refrain 8000 times in a row.
- Butchering a good song for the sake of being different.
- Scared to death of silence.
- Unintelligent phrasing.
- Talky talky.
- Spent 3 hours getting ready for how they look.
- Unbalanced song selections.
- Too many new songs.
- Obsessed with ONE band.
- Selfish worship leader (the crowd is there to make them feel good).
- Mash-up hymns only.
- (a) Terrible theology. (b) All-crowd instruction.