Entertainment and Worship

https://pjcockrell.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/entertainment-and-worship/

8 Ways To Pray In Preparing To Lead Worship

https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/tgcworship/2013/06/26/8-ways-to-pray-in-preparing-to-lead-worship-2/

Entertainment and Worship

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In every church and every generation of Christians, there is the potential to lose our focus on the things that are most important (Heb. 2:1). We must constantly remind ourselves and re-center our churches lest we find ourselves trusting in something other than the gospel of God and the Word of God.

One of the more dangerous drifts happening in our local churches today is within our corporate worship. In many churches there is a de-emphasis on the means of grace (Scripture, prayer, and the sacraments or ordinances), and a reliance on entertainment. Some try to balance the two in the name of reaching more people with the gospel, but there is an inescapable danger in overvaluing entertainment and implementing it in corporate worship.

This is not a new phenomenon. The nineteenth-century pastor Charles Spurgeon said, “The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them.” It may not be new, but it is increasingly popular, especially in light of our entertainment-driven culture. We see this in secular songs played by worship bands to wow the crowd. It’s hard to miss the value of amusement in the comedy-full but theology-empty preaching of many pulpits. Many of us have felt it in elaborate performances for the congregation to observe, but not to participate in. For some, Sunday morning more closely resembles a variety show than an offering made to God. The danger in bringing entertainment into gathered worship lies in the aim of entertainment and its work against the aim of worship.

I am not suggesting that church should be boring or that every church should have identical worship services, as if there is only one appropriate form in which to worship the Lord. Corporate worship from church to church varies in many ways. The styles, music, and liturgies developed in particular contexts and traditions lead to different flavors in worship. The church of Jesus Christ is made up of people, and therefore congregations, from every tribe, tongue, and nation, and this means diversity from church to church. This is often a good thing, something we can celebrate, as long as the church’s worship is ordered according to the parameters of Scripture and offered by faith.

Read on: http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/entertainment-and-worship/

Worship is . . .

Worship is

Nine Expressions of Worship

http://www.experiencingworship.com/worship-articles/general/2001-6-Nine-Ways-to.html?ID=32

Three R’s for Worship Ministry (from a Struggling Church at Corinth)

By Dr. Joshua A. Waggener

Have you ever noticed that just when you think you have found the best way to lead worship in your church, some issue arises that distracts from worship itself? For example, you may recruit a talented new worship leader for your ministry only to find out that his or her musical abilities came across as too “showy” and distracting. Or perhaps you found that perfect song or technological tool that you just knew would engage more of the congregation, but it fell flat. In fact, the response from the worshipers was underwhelming! Or even worse, instead of appreciating your initiatives, some folks in the pews began pushing for worship done “my way or the highway,” sending you back to the beginning in your quest for “unified worship.”

How should we address these issues that arise in our worship ministries? What should we focus on amid worship conflicts?

You may be surprised to hear that Paul wrote his first epistle to the Corinthian church—at least in part—to deal with worship issues head on. He begins his letter by addressing divisions over leadership in the church. Unfortunately, these divisions caused issues with how the church practiced the Lord’s Supper, how they used spiritual gifts in worship, and who they focused on.

What can we learn from Paul’s instructions to the struggling church at Corinth? Let me suggest three “R’s.”

#1: REALIZE that there have been issues over how to worship before

There is more at: https://www.renewingworshipnc.org/2017/06/29/three-rs-for-worship-ministry/

Worshiping a Golden Calf on Sunday Morning is Deceptively Easy

http://ftc.co/resource-library/blog-entries/worshiping-a-golden-calf-on-sunday-morning-is-deceptively-easy