Worship: Like an Oasis in the Desert

Do you attend gathered worship each week as a performer or a receiver? What’s your approach to worship–whether private or gathered public worship?  I believe the answer to this question determines what you and I get out of worship each week.  At the end of the day, it really comes down to our perspective to the whole matter–our theology of worship, if you will.

Performance-Oriented

With this approach, focus is on what we do.  In this approach, we judge whether worship was worthwhile based on how great the worship team/praise team performed; how well the pastor preached, and so on.

This is where we find the church-hoppers, always in search of the “right” performance and new thing in town.

Open Hand-Oriented

83407-004-0A7E1974The place of worship is not at the top of your list-whether it’s the newest building in town or not.  The charisma of the pastor hasn’t entered your mind.  You’re not into the so-called worship wars–whether praise team/worship team or choir; traditional music versus contemporary music.  And this is not to say that biblical preaching and music do not matter to you. They do matter.

However, you attend worship with open hands to receive from God.  You understand (your theology) worship as a means of grace.  You attend worship to have the Lord minister to you.  Or if you’re in to metaphors, it’s like a weary traveler in a hot, miserable desert coming to an oasis–for relief and refreshment.

What’s your approach to worship?

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4 Responses to Worship: Like an Oasis in the Desert

  1. Kevin S. says:

    TC, these days, I have some weeks to receive. I’ve experienced dull worship so I also appreciate good worship. Gifted worship leaders have inspired me to “get into” worship.

    • TC Robinson says:

      Sam,
      I hear you. But I’m also of the persuasion that we need to prepare our hearts and minds for gathered public worship.

      By “worship” do you mean the music or the whole gathered experience?

  2. Kevin S. says:

    By worship, I mean the whole gathered experience, esp. singing/music part of worship. Good worship can inspire me and even lead people into God’s presence.

    • TC Robinson says:

      Sam,
      Thanks for the clarification. But I fear that we tend to put too much emphasis on singing and music. It’s like everything rises and falls on those two. However, this shouldn’t be the case.

      I’m of the school of thought that we should have already prepared ourselves for gathered worship.

      Yes, I’m also aware how singing and music have the inspiring effect. Perhaps what we mean by all this should be revisited.

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