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A quick four point blog this morning.  This is a bullet outline that I am currently sitting on; while waiting for it to develop more completely in my mind.  Your comments may just help it along . . .

Four Styles of Worship:

  1. Ignorant Worship.  Ignorant worship is worship that lacks informative direction.  Worship that we think is right or acceptable, but we are not basing those thoughts or that worship on any sound (reliable) source.  I am thinking about Act 17:23.
  2. Vain Worship:  This style of worship is similar to ignorant worship, yet goes a step farther.  Vain worship is completely without God’s approval, yet claims to be from God.  Often this worship has a basis in tradition and not God’s word.  I am thinking of Jesus’ words  in Mat 15:9.
  3. Volitional Worship:  This is worship not from the will of God, but from our own will.  This worship is not only ignorant of God’s will, nor is it vain because it is simply traditional and not of God, but such worship carries the ideas of *this is what I want to do; *this is what I like; *this entertains me, etc.  I am thinking Col 2:23.
  4. Pure Worship (a.k.a True Worship):  This style of worship focuses attention on the only member of the audience (God).  This style of worship consults God’s will.  This style of worship flows from the heart of the worshiper.  I am thinking of John 4:24.

What do you think?

– Scott

2 thoughts on “Worship

  1. On point 4, I agree that the primary purpose of worship is for God, but we must not neglect the “one another” aspects of worship Ephesians 5:18-20, Colossians 3:15-16. 1 Corinthians 14 talks about tongues and interpretation and prophecy being for believers or unbelievers. 1 Corinthians 11 Paul reprimands them for their lack of community in the communion.

    On point 3, I’m not quite sure how you are tying entertainment with Col 2:23. I’ve seen this verse so often misused. It’s talking about the things we do that we think make us holy but they only affect the outside not the inside. I guess entertainment could fall into that category, but the specific context is doing things that are certainly not entertaining but rather harsh in physical ways, abstaining from certain pleasures and treating the body harshly. I recently ranted about the use of this verse on my own blog http://kateel.blogspot.com/2012/05/will-worship.html.

    I’m starting my own series of posts on worship this week and these things are on my mind a lot recently.

    • Matt,

      I was not thinking of the KJV “will-worship” but was thinking of the passage in the context of “self-made” as in the ESV. Still, I suppose I did stretch that verse to my point or am at least guilty of the using the verse because of the influences of others. However; the point is still valid that it is not up to me to establish what I want to do in worship as what God wants or that my being entertained (satisfied, moved, having “a worship experience”) is what worship is about. God (as well as Christ, the Spirit as part of the Divine Nature) is the center of our worship and He is the audience. Our will should be to do His will and not just to satisfy my external pleasures or senses — that may validate the use of Col 2:23 in that Paul was dealing with those who used asceticism (the opposite of pleasing self to show that they were pleasing to God because it pleased themselves to abuse themselves – but I may be stretching things).

      The truth is that we must keep a check on our motivation in what we do in worship. Four-part harmony can become a stumbling-block if we place it above “melody in the heart.”

      Thanks for challenging me. I guess the next time I write on this subject, I will work through what the Reformed Baptists refer to at the “Regulatory Principle of Worship.” That is to say, show through scripture both Old and New Covenants that God has always told man how He wants to man to worship Him.

      Thanks again.

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