Old and New Testament Worship
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)
Modern worship can best be understood through an analysis of its biblical origins. Old and New Testament Worship articles and resources provide understanding, context, and application for music and the arts in biblical worship, the Jewish roots of the Christmas and Easter cycles, the Psalms in Hebrew and Christian worship, and other similar topics.
The History of Christian Worship
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. Hebrews 1:1-2 (ESV)
Articles and resources for The History of Christian Worship include the New Testament period and continue through the modern era. Topics explore worship in the early church, the Eastern Orthodox tradition, Roman Catholic worship, post-Reformation Protestant worship, and contemporary worship renewal movements.
The Structure, Style & Content of Sunday Worship
“If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath … if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly; then you shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth.” Isaiah 58:13a, 14a (ESV)
Articles and resources for The Structure, Style & Content of Sunday Worship provide insight and applications for both traditional and contemporary Christian denominations, ministries, and fellowships. This section will include models for worship renewal and resources for Sunday worship, preaching, and leadership in the musical and fine arts.
The Musical and Visual Arts in Worship
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord! Psalm 98:4-6 (ESV)
Resources for the musical and visual arts include sections on the history of sacred music, studies in congregational singing and instruments in worship, the worship environment and visual arts, and examples of drama and dance in worship. This section will also include practical resources like musical charts and effective practices for becoming a better worship leader.
Worship and Sacred Actions Throughout the Year
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. Psalm 77:11 (ESV)
Articles and resources for Worship and Sacred Actions Throughout the Year include sample services and applications for music and the arts during Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. Other sections highlight the theology and practice of baptism and the Lord’s Table, anointing the sick, child dedication, confirmation, foot washing, the funeral, the renewal of baptismal vows, and marriage.
Ministry, Mission & Outreach
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:14-15 (ESV)
Articles and resources for Ministry, Mission & Outreach include studies and applicational materials for church workers with diverse backgrounds in North America and around the world. Contributors to this section address worship and pastoral care, sharing the Gospel with people of other faiths, spiritual formation, education, hospitality, evangelism, justice and mercy, hospital and terminal care, youth and children’s ministry, and social action.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NASB)
The Devotionals section includes articles and resources that provide anecdotes, ideas, stories, and thoughtful insights for pastors, worship leaders, and other speakers and leaders who are preparing sermons, speeches, or blog posts.
Imagination, Ministry & Modern Worship Forms
He has filled them with [a]skill to perform every work of an engraver, of a designer, and of an embroiderer, in violet, purple, and in scarlet material, and in fine linen, and of a weaver, as performers of every work and makers of designs. Exodus 35:35 (NASB)
Christian musicians, writers, orators, visual artists, and other creatives play a vital role in nurturing the Church, spreading the Gospel, and furthering the work of the Kingdom. Imagination, Ministry & Modern Worship Forms addresses the needs of these innovative thought leaders with articles and resources filled with fresh ideas and insights for ministry, evangelism, worship leadership, and discipleship.
Prayers, Petitions & Thanksgivings
I will give thanks to the Lord according to His righteousness And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High. Psalm 7:17 (NASB)
Prayers, Petitions & Thanksgivings provides selections from Scripture accompanied by key themes, inspiring thoughts, and other entries for church leaders preparing sermons, Sunday school lessons, podcasts, blogs, and other forms of outreach.
Theologies, Philosophies & Practices of Worship
But as for you, proclaim the things which are fitting for sound doctrine. Titus 2:1 (NASB)
Theologies, Philosophies & Practices of Worship explores biblically sound historical and contemporary theories, systems, and beliefs about the practice of worship and its value to the Christian community. From denominational points of view to practical models for today’s pastors and worship leaders, these entries provide key insights, perspectives, and applications.