The Essence of Christian Worship

Awe combined with intimacy is the essence of Christian worship.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 90

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We Remain Weak, Rebellious and Very Sinful People

The predicament we all share is that while we are new creations in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17) and have been given living hearts with which to know and worship God (Ezekiel 36:26-27), we are still very sinful people.  We remain weak, rebellious and inclined toward drifting away from God until the day we see him face to face.  Along with the hymn writer, each one of us can say that we are “prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.”

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philippsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 26

It Always Comes at a Cost

When we worship at the altar of performance – and make no mistake, performance-ism is a form of worship – we spend our lives frantically propping up our image or reputations, trying to do it all – and at a cost to ourselves and those we love.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location gf

Is It Worship Only When You Smile?

There is an assumption out there that worship can take place only when you’ve got a smile on your face.  If that were true, two-thirds of the Psalms would be heretical. Instead the Psalms are filled to the brim with words that lament failure, pain, betrayal, and human brokenness.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 167-168

Many a Christian Needs to Reset their Expectations of “Life in Christ”

If we are in Christ, we should expect to suffer like Christ and for Christ. We worship a God who came to earth and was afflicted. And throughout the Scriptures and the history of the church, those who have served him most faithfully have been afflicted most painfully.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 95

We, All to Often, Settle for a Happy Meal

Instead of relying on the Spirit’s work of delivering Christ and his gifts to his church through the means of grace – worshiping “in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:23) – we demand more immediate experiences that we can choreograph and control.  In so doing, we are never terrified, never caught off guard, never put on trial.  We sit down to eat and drink and rise up to play, settling for a Happy Meal that we can order right now, rather than a feast that God has prepared for us on his terms.  But in this way we avoid the real presence of the actual God who not only judges but saves us through his sinless Mediator.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 223