Worship as the Hub

It is by its worship that the Church lives, it is there that its heart beats. . . . The only parochial activities which have any real justification are those which spring from worship and in their turn nourish it.

—Jean-Jacques von Allmen, Worship: Its Theology and Practice, 55-56

Worship is the only Christian Activity that is an end in itself.

—John Piper

The Main Thing

Why has God designed and purposed that our great destiny is to know Him? What is the knowledge of God for? Why does God mean us to know Him and to grow in the knowledge of God? And there is only one answer that Scripture gives us to that: and that is that we might worship Him. Everything will disappear as we enter His presence and glory, except this. It is the chief business of the church of Jesus Christ in this world, because it is the permanent occupation of the church of Jesus Christ in the world to come, that we should worship God. So says Jesus to the woman of Samaria: The Father is seeking worshipers. When God began to seek you and then find you in Jesus Christ, and drew you to Himself, He was seeking worshipers. The Apostle Paul tells us that it is the mark of the people of God, one of the great marks of those who are His true circumcision in Philippians 3:3f.: we are the circumcision, that is the true people of God, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. It is [the] ultimate activity of the people of God: to worship God.

—Eric Alexander, “Worship God! (Rev. 19:10)” (sermon)


Liturgical Life

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 Missing Jewel

Man was made to worship God. God gave man a harp and He said, “Here! Above all creatures that I have made and created, I have given you the largest harp. I put more strings on your instrument, and I’ve given you a wider range than I have given to any other creature. You can worship Me in a manner that no other creature can.”

When man sinned, he took that instrument and he threw it down in the mud. And there it has lain for centuries, rusted and broken and unstrung. And man, instead of playing a harp like the angels and seeking to worship God in all of his activities, is ego-centered and turns on himself, and sulks and swears and laughs and sings, and it’s all without joy and without worship.

Worship is the missing jewel in modern evangelicalism. We’re organized, we work, we have our churches, we have our agendas, we have almost everything. But there is one thing that the churches, even the gospel churches, do not have: and that is the ability to worship. We are not cultivating the art of worship. It’s the one shining gem that is lost to the modern church. And, I believe, we ought to search for this until we find it.

—A.W. Tozer (1961)