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November 15, 2013

TISCIONE: Worship for entertainment or edification?

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We seem to forget that how we worship demonstrates our view of the object of our worship. To worship God in the splendor of holiness requires the act of worship to be connected with the worshiper’s pursuit of holiness. Holy worship is offered by those whom God has set apart. He has commanded Christians to be holy because He is holy. (Leviticus 11:44 and 1 Peter 1:16)

Even when professing Christians are asked, “Why do you go to church?” the response often heard is, “I go to church to be fed.” Much of the church has, by her actions, taught Christians that worship is all about them. We are told by some that the church is here to meet people’s needs. Often times what is offered as worship more closely resembles entertainment rather than engaging with the sovereign God.

Often those who seek to design worship with an understanding that God has ordained the way in which His people are to worship Him are referred to as legalists. Yet, worship that is genuine is focused on God. It is an opportunity to hear Him as His word is read publicly. It is an opportunity for God’s people to confess their sins before Him and thereby receive His promised forgiveness. It is an opportunity for the word of God to be proclaimed and principles of application to be given by the preacher so that the Spirit of God would work in concert with the Word of God to change His people to be more like Christ.

Worship is an opportunity for God’s people to express their experience of His saving grace by giving tithes and offerings to support the work of the kingdom. As a result, genuine worship’s byproduct is the edification of the worshiper. Corporate worship is one of the means of grace God has given for believers to be built up in Christ.   

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