Worship Matters; part 4
Rooted vs. Relevant
Tonight's study came from a book by Bob Kauflin called "Worship Matters".
We had a great rehearsal last night. Between vocal and instrumental practice we had another devotional where we discussed the importance for being both rooted in our Christian heritage and relevant to our present culture as we gather together in our corporate worship. How difficult, to be both rooted and relevant, seemingly in tension. But yet how important it is that we capture the benefits of the healthy and edifying traditions of our Christian forefathers as well as keep fresh and alive relating to our culture so we do not spiritually stagnate in our practices.
2 quotes from the book, "Worship Matters", (by Bob Kauflin) I used to give impetus to our discussion:
1) “When we decide what form our Sunday meeting will take, we aren’t starting in a historical vacuum…The hymns that we sing today have been tested for centuries, causing the best to rise to the top.” (189-190)
2) “In every age the church must fight the tendency to grow mechanical in its worship as the Spirit-inspired practices of previous generations become the dead, unexamined practices of the next.” (191)
Looking forward to Sunday worship with you all,
PS. Turning to the function of music in church services, we looked at Colossians 3:16-17 and how we are instructed to teach one another with “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs”. I shared a very influential article in my own life, written by John MacArthur called “With Hearts and Minds and Voices”. I’ll link it for you here in case you are interested in reading it. <http://www.bible-researcher.com/macarthur1.html>