This story is the good news (evangelion). In worship we signify it (leiturgia); in evangelism we proclaim it (kerygma); in fellowship we experience it (koinonia); in our ministry to each other and in our service to others we live it (diaconia). It is the very heartbeat of who we are.
—Robin Parry, Worshiping Trinity: Coming Back to the Heart of Worship, 20
God is glorified most not merely by being known, nor by merely being dutifully obeyed, but by being enjoyed in the knowing and the obeying.
O Father, Thou art enthroned to hear my prayers,
O Jesus, Thy hand is outstretched to take my petitions
O Holy Spirit, Thou art willing to help my infirmities, to show me my needs, to supply words, to pray within me, to strengthen me that I faint not in supplication.
—”The Trinity,” The Valley of Vision
Out of of the lavishness displayed in the marvelous variety and richness of creation itself, God continues to pour out his common blessings on all people. . . . He is an inexhaustible fountain of loving generosity. Therefore, we neither hoard possessions as if God’s gifts were scarce nor deny ourselves good pleasures as if God were stingy.
—Michael Horton, Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples, 114
It’s not just in a few doctrines here or there where biblical faith differs from its rivals; rather, biblical faith springs from a radically different paradigm. In addition to providing a different understanding of God and the God-world relationship generally, a covenantal paradigm grounds a fundamentally different view of human personhood. We do not meet God in the inner realm of our spirit or at sacred rivers, trees, or mountains. Rather, God hallows common places as historical venues of His discourse. Places are special (holy) in biblical faith because God met with His people there and spoke to His covenant word.
—Michael Horton, Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples, 123-24
Worship, therefore, is our acknowledgment that all that we believe, know, and seek to proclaim to others pertaining to the history and present life of the Christian faith is communicated to us in a living relationship with God in Christ, expressed initially in our liturgical life.
—Robert W. Duke, “Seminary Worship,” Theological Education 2.1 (Autumn 1965):42
The _____ Worship Conference is an opportunity for you to enter into anointed worship . . . and learn to minister more skillfully with “hands-on” clinics offered by gifted musicians anointed by God for this event.