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Following is an excerpt from an article posted by R.C. Sproul over at the Ligonier blog…

““Church is boring”—this is the most oft-stated reason why people stay away from church. It raises some important questions. How is it possible that an encounter with a majestic, awesome, living God could ever be considered boring by anyone? God is not dull. If worship is boring to us, it is not because God is boring. Sermons can be boring and liturgies can be boring, but God simply cannot be boring.”

I hear this same point from people all the time and it never ceases to amaze me.  Is our church attendance only about us and what edifies (read “entertains” in many cases) us?  If worship is boring than it must be because we fail to grasp the greatness of the glory of the God.

You can read the rest of Dr. Sproul’s post here http://www.ligonier.org/blog/becoming-worshiper-god/

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There is a recent post by Carl Trueman over at the Reformation 21 website which is worth the time to read.  As always, Dr. Trueman is sarcastic, amusing, theological and insightful.  It is long, but worth the time to read.  You can find it herehttp://www.reformation21.org/counterpoints/wages-of-spin/look-its-rubbish.php .

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Dr. John Stackhouse Jr. has a thought-provoking article over at the Christianity Today website posing several things to consider in determining whether or not our worship music is too loud in church.  Here is an excerpt which I found particularly interesting…

“…let me drop some church history and theology on you. By the time church music matured into Palestrina and Co. in the 16th century, it had become too demanding and ornate for ordinary singers. So Christians went to church to listen to a priest and a choir.

 

The Protestant Reformation yanked musical worship away from the professionals and put it back in the pews. Luther composed hymns based on popular melodies, including drinking songs. Calvin insisted on taking lyrics from the Psalms. This was music in which almost anyone could participate. The problem today, to be sure, is rarely elaborate music. We could use a little more artistry, in fact, than we usually get with the simplistic and repetitive musical figures of many contemporary worship songs.

 

No, the contrast with the Reformation is the modern-day insistence that a few people at the front be the center of attention. We do it by making six band members louder than a room full of people. But a church service isn’t a concert at which an audience sings along with the real performers. Musicians—every one of them, including the singers—are accompanists to the congregation’s praise. They should be mixed loudly enough only to do their job of leading and supporting the congregation” (emphasis mine.)  (You can read the whole thing here http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/article_print.html?id=72863 .)

 

I’m sure we have all experienced this.  But is this the way it is supposed to be?

 

Ephesians 5:18-21 (ESV) – 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19  addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20  giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21  submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

 

Colossians 3:16 (ESV) – 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

 

One of the things I find such a blessing at the church my family is presently attending (Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Globe, AZ) is the involvement of the entire congregation in the worship of God.  There is something which I find particularly encouraging when the room is filled with the natural sound of God’s people singing God’s praises together.

I am not trying to come down on any particular side of the “worship wars”… this is just something to think about…

Soli Deo Gloria!!!

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Sovereign Grace Ministries is offering discounts on their books and music for the month of February.  The books include various offerings from C.J. Mahaney (one of  my favorite devotional authors), as well as many others.  Their music is exceptional… Christ-centered and God-honoring.  (I particularly like “Valley of Vision” and “The Cross-Centered Life.)  It is some of the best worship music out there.

You can read about it at Bob Kauflin’s website… found here http://www.worshipmatters.com/2009/01/crazy-sovereign-grace-music-and-book-sale/ .

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Watch the following video clip… and examine yourself.

O that God would open our eyes more and more to see His glory in the face of Jesus Christ that we might love Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength!

O that we might treasure Christ as our all satisfying treasure!

O that we might live for Him and Him alone so that He might be magnified now in our lives… in our deaths… and throughout all eternity!

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In a brief, but helpful post, Ray Ortlund gives us 6 ways in which we should respond the high rate of biblical illiteracy in our churches today:

1) Memorize the Bible together as a church.

2) Gather a small group of eager men and go deeper.

3) Read the Bible in every worship service.

4) Preach from the Bible and the Bible only.

5) Approach church problems and opportunities with explicit references to the Bible, chapter and verse.

6) Saturate your church’s children and youth with the Bible faithfully and enthusiastically, week by week, year by year, and they will still be drawing strength from it fifty years from now.

You can read the whole thing here http://christisdeeperstill.blogspot.com/2009/01/on-our-watch.html .

This isn’t rocket science… but unfortunately, many of our churches fail to do the obvious. 

May God forbid that we be guilty of neglecting the Bible in our churches and ministries!

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Although this movement seems to be fading somewhat in popularity, I came across this video clip recently and found it helpful in its clarity and brevity.  Dr. Sproul sums up the problems with the seeker-sensitive model in two fundamental errors:

1) The false belief that the lost are seeking God.  (Scripture clearly teaches that unbelievers are not seeking after God (i.e. Rom 3:11, Jn 3:19-20, etc…)

2) The false belief that the purpose of corporate worship on Sunday morning is to reach the lost.  (Personally… I belief the gospel should be clearly presented every Sunday for the edification of believers and evangelism of unbelievers in our midst.  However, I would agree with Dr. Sproul the the primary purpose of the Sunday morning worship service is not the evangelism of the lost.)

Watch the whole thing and decide for yourself…

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