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Corporate Worship: A Covenant Renewal Event, Pt. 5

[The last post in this series. Thanks Grayson for your work in summarizing these sermons!] For the last five weeks we’ve gathered on Sundays to look at specifically at the nature of our corporate worship. We’ve preached on each “element” of our gathering individually in an effort to answer two questions: What is the worship […]

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Corporate Worship: A Covenant Renewal Event, Pt. 3

Sunday’s gathering marked the third in our series of five on the specific nature of our corporate worship at Providence. So far, we’ve introduced a brief definition for the worship of the church, unpacked the church’s “call to worship,” and examined God’s process of separation and restoration as expressed in our time of corporate “confession and cleansing.”

A time of “consecration” follows a time of “confession and cleansing” in our liturgy. Again, this is not an accident. In the “call to worship” God moves towards us and begins his process of renewal. When we “confess,” God continues this process by tearing us from our old ways and preparing us for new life in Christ. New life comes primarily through God’s word. For this reason, we continue to gather to hear God speak, allowing him to “consecrate” us through the reading and preaching of his word.

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Corporate Worship: A Covenant Renewal Event, Pt. 2

Last Sunday’s gathering kicked off a new preaching/teaching series on the specific nature of our corporate worship at Providence. First, we introduced a succinct definition for the worship of the church, calling it a “covenant renewal event.” Following that, we introduced five “aspects” of God’s covenant with man that ought to be reflected in corporate worship.

More specifically, we looked at God’s movement towards us as expressed in the church’s “call to worship.” Now we’ll look at what Jeffrey Meyers has described as God’s “separation of some portion of the old ‘material’ so that it can be formed into something new.” This process is expressed in our corporate time of “confession and cleansing.”

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Corporate Worship: A Covenant Renewal Event

*Another post from Grayson Walker on the start of our new preaching series on Covenant Renewal:

Sunday’s gathering kicked off a new preaching/teaching series on the specific nature of our corporate worship at Providence. On the whole, the series aims to ask and answer two main questions. First, what is the worship of the church? And second, how does worship form us?

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Why and How We Worship Together

Worship. If we’re honest with ourselves, we can easily have a reductionist view of that word. That is, for most American evangelical Christians, worship is primarily about music and preaching. Like it or not, all of us are in some way shaped by this cultural ethos in the American church. So, when we evaluate a worship service, we typically ask ourselves questions like, “Did I like the music and was I moved by it? Did I like the sermon, and was I personally challenged, motivated, convicted, and (as a plus) entertained by it?” In other words, knowingly or unknowingly, we tend to evaluate worship based on our private or personal experience of it. What did I get out of it? How did it make me feel? The problem with this is that a worship service of the church is not private worship. It is corporate worship. It is the gathering of God’s people. The focus of the worship service in the New Testament is not upon self-edification and self-gratification but upon worshipping God and building up the church (edifying others). Gathered worship on Sunday is not something for us to consume or observe or from which to seek a “feel good” experience. Rather it is something we enter into and in which we participate by faith.

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