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Worship is sadly one of those areas in church life where a war is waged amongst the members. There are those who enjoy the old, others enjoy the new, and then of course the whole issue of style and body language causes remnants of the battle to lie spread all over the show on the battle front.

Maybe the biggest reason for this battle is because both sides of the trenches focus on form instead of essence, and they focus on the outward instead of the inward. The words of Christ resound over the battle plain from Matthew 15:8-9 “These people honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, in vain do they worship me.”

One definition of worship reads as follows: “Worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination with the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, and to devote the will to the purpose of God.”

At Logos we believe that worship is something we give to God. In view of God’s mercy bestowed upon us we are to render honour and adoration to God. That passion-filled, selfless, consuming desire to give to God is the essence of worship. It begins with us entrusting ourselves into God’s care as well as our attitudes and our possessions – until worship becomes a way of life. Our desire is to take the emphasis off ceremony and seasons and places and forms and to shift the focus to what is happening in the heart – not just on a Sunday but every day and all the time in all of our lives.

Paul reminds us in Romans 12:1-2: “Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual act of worship.”

John Piper summarises authentic and inner heart worship in such a beautiful way. He says: “The authenticating, inner essence of worship is being satisfied with Christ, prizing Christ, cherishing Christ and treasuring Christ.”

 


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