A Biblical Philosophy of Worship Arts and the Covenant

As the framework of God’s relationship with his people, the biblical covenant finds expression in the worship arts. Worship celebrates the distinctive themes of the covenant: the kingship of the Lord; his leadership and protection in warfare; his covenant promises and the story of his great deeds of deliverance; his laws and precepts, in the observance of which the worshiper maintains his place in the covenant; and his judgments against violation of the relationship, as expressed in prophetic psalm or song uttered during the assemblies of the people.

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The Worship Arts in Biblical Perspective

The biblical doctrine of Creation has important implications for the use of the fine arts in worship, as does the doctrine of the Incarnation. The scriptural view of humankind as created in God’s image, the concept of inspiration and the biblical understanding of the covenant also contribute their perspective on the fine arts. The arts are uniquely capable of expressing the non-rational element in the worship experience.

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