Some Questions on our Worship

Does our worship focus on this unfolding historical drama of the Triune God?  Are we being constantly directed outside of our inner experience and our own felt needs to the real newsmaker in history?  Are we perpetually drawn outside of ourselves, “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfector of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,, despising the same, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God?” (Hebrews 12:2)?  Is our corporate and private worship centered on “human will or exertion” or “on God who has mercy,” (Romans 9:16)?  Is the main point trying to see how God fits into our existing plot or to hear God tell us how we fit into his unfolding drama of redemption?  Like the Old Testament feasts, the great events celebrated by Christians have to do with God’s mighty acts; the Son’s becoming flesh (Christmas), the crucifixion (Good Friday) and resurrection (Easter), Christ’s exaltation to the right hand of the Father (Ascension Day), and the sending of the Spirit (Pentecost).  There is no room in the Christian calendar for celebrating our own work.

– Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 29