Greetings WTR peps!
At my church we are currently working on the development of our theology of worship. In other words we are seeking to flesh out on paper what we believe the Bible has to tell us about the practice of worship. For those of you who have already worked through this process I would love to see your work... That is if you don't mind sharing it. It would be helpful to us to see what others have developed.
Wow thanks for putting that Michelle!
Romans 12:1. How worship plays out... that is the rest of Romans 12. Anything else just muddies the waters of real / Godly worship.
Do you think there are single verses that might "sum it all up"?
No... I think the subject is to dynamic to be summed up in a single verse. Moreover, I don't really see why we have to. And that's really the main reason why I struggle with most people's application of Rom 12. Rom 12 is not mutually exclusive yet many people handel it as though it is. We have to be careful to preach the full countenance of the word.
On the contrary, worship is quite simple. It is giving reverence and respect to the Lord. The manner in which this is done is infinite... but worship is one of the simplest things that we have. Worship is one purpose, many executions...
I thought worship was Romans 12? Did you not say anything else muddies up the waters? It seems like you are expanding your definition.
In general, an idea must be repeated to sink in (unless it's a trauma thing, like "don't touch the burner -- OW!")
We have to hear something like 40 times before we actually learn it for keeps. So it's not all bad that the Church goes on a Romans 12 jag for awhile (it's been three or four years now). Pretty soon, some well-known personage will discover John 1, and everyone will be writing cosmic songs and talking about the Trinity; then another Scripture will take the forefront. I'm not being sarcastic here -- I really think it's part of how people learn. In the Gospel-song era, for three DECADES it seemed every song was about how lousy the world was (three verses) and how good it was to get saved (fourth verse). I'm not sure why it took that long to absorb that, but by comparison I kind of like being in the Romans 12 world.
If anything else just muddies up the water then why does God give us hundreds of verses that deal with the subject of worship?
There is plenty in Holy Scripture about worship. But nothing is more comprehensive than Romans 12. If it isn't validated by Romans 12, then you're probably looking at something that is being taken out of context, which is something that happens all the time in the worship leading world.
Yeah... I don't really see Romans 12 as being all that comprehensive... It represents the "all of life" aspect of worship but it does not address the corporate aspect of worship (prayer, preaching of the word, music, etc.). I would agree that it provides a foundation of sorts in that a living sacrifice is a prerequisite to authentic worship but that's about it. And that's okay... It doesn't need to be comprehensive... that's why we have the full countenance of Scripture and that's why we need to have a theology of worship.
I would agree that we do have a complete revelation and single theme verses tend to miss the breadth that's there.
There is something basic about Romans 12, but it's hard for me to make it a "one" verse - as tempting as it would be to boil things down to a single verse.
Our language could use a mid-sized word for "sorta comprehensive." Midprehensive? "Overarching" isn't bad. "Wide in scope."?