Worship is so much more than what is sung or played in church on Sunday morning. John MacArthur takes you step by step in a discovery of who and how to worship. From the existence of God and His attributes, to instruction on the right and wrong ways to worship God, MacArthur never strays from teaching and explaining what the Bible says. This book makes it Biblically clear that worship is all about how we prioritize and live our daily lives to honor and glorify God. Make worship your ultimate priority!
I do love reading books that challenge my thinking and not just sticking with ones that are “smooth” to read or that I totally agree with (which are extremely rare to find to begin with). This is one reason why I liked this book.
I am not going to bring up particulars in what I disagreed with. Every reader has been given a mind by God and hopefully will engage the help of the Holy Spirit while reading this book on their own.
Even though there were “bones” and things I disagreed with there was way too much very good stuff in here to be ignored. The author’s scholarly study of the scriptures as well as his respect of the same shines through brightly. Quite a lot of Christians have become apathetic and need some of the reminders and truths set forth in this book.
Worship has become a lost priority for most. All of life truly can become worship to God. We do need to grieve over our sins (although I would clarify that to be new sins and not continually grieve over ones that have already been forgiven!! In other words, if we grieve the Holy Spirit afresh, we should be sorry.) Worshiping God in spirit and in truth is important—because scripture says so.
My recommendation would be to actively enlist the help of the Holy Spirit to help you glean what He wants for you from this book as you read it. Even though, as I said, I don’t agree with everything, I’m sure there will be some tidbit or larger morsel of truth that the Holy Spirit can teach you with this book.
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It first explains that worship should be a way of life for a Christian and that it is not just about music! It details how we must worship God in ways that are acceptable to Him, the author reminds us of the severe punishments that were inflicted on those who came up with their own ideas for worshiping God and those who approached God casually.
We are reminded of the greatness of God and who He is; why we should be worshiping Him.
That everyone begins life with a sense of God's existence and evidence of God all around us. But because of sin, people deliberately suppress the knowledge of God. Freud is wrong. We did not invent God. Sinful people do not wish God into existence. they would wish God out of existence, if they had their way.
There are some good comments on the Trinity which many people disbelieve and use to deny the existence of God. MacArthur reminds us that there are divine mysteries and that this doctrine is a perpetual reminder that we cannot comprehend everything about God because we are finite. There are some things that we need to accept by faith.
We are looking at things the wrong way round and reducing God to a person on our level when we question Him. instead we should be worshiping in Spirit and truth. We need to have a healthy fear of God. Yes we are made in His image but He is nothing like us; Far above us in every respect and as His creatures we cannot demand to know why He has done things thinking that we are owed some kind of explanation. God is not our 'buddy,' He is our Heavenly Father; a loving Father yes but not like our earthly fathers.
Many Evangelicals are guilty of idolatry. I am appalled at what some Christians assume God to be. God was appalled too when He said in Psalm 50:21 'You thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes.' Contemporary Christianity has lowered God to its level, robbing Him of majesty and holiness. That is as idolatrous as worshiping a rock.
He moves on to cover how we should worship God suggesting key areas to focus on. There is also an appendix covering modern worship music which I felt is fairly balanced and worth considering.
This book is a challenge and convicts due to the cultural attitudes towards God in Western Christianity. It is good to be reminded of who God is and how we should worship Him in accordance with His Word. I recommend this for all Christian readers.
To quote a paragraph on the back cover, which sums up the book, "get ready to alter your priorities, aiming higher than entertaining worshipers on Sunday mornings. Worship shows that your ultimate priority must always be to worship the true and living God, with a radically different type of living that seeks to worship Him continually."
It talks about who God is and why He alone should be the center of my worship. I learned a lot and hopefully will put into practice what I have gained through reading this book.