We all know that pop-terms to describe the church and matters of the church come and go... Maybe the most popular being, "WWJD". Another term related specifically to the subject of worship is "Audience of One". The basic idea behind the term, "Audience of One", is that our worship is to be solely directed to God and no one else. However, I have recently been thinking through the implications of this statement and feel as though I have some ground to challenge it's claim.
I would like to share my line of thinking with you but before I proceed please let me say that I am only asking questions and seeking feedback... I am not making a statements and drawing conclusions.
With that said let me share some of my questions with you...
Question One: Many scenes of worship from both the OT and the NT are corporate in nature, including at least two if not many more people. Furthermore, the historical worship of church has been almost exclusively corporate in nature. Considering the scope of Biblical worship scenes and the historical practices of the church, what is the point of congregational worship if it is directed to an "audience of One"?
Question Two: Eph 5:18-20 say...
18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father
It appears to me that there are two audiences here... Us and God. If there is only an audience of one then why would the text suggest that we "speak[ing]" to each other?
Possible conclusion: One possible conclusion that I am considering is that the term is just not a good term. Let me explain...
There is one audience in worship... Us and God... But we play a different role then God... First, we testify and in turn edify each other by "speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody." So in this sense we are the audience... But "with your heart to the Lord" implies that we are ultimately to direct our edified affections towards the supreme object of our affection... I.e. God.
So maybe it possible that the term undermines an accurate Biblical perspective on the subject and nature of corporate worship.
Well thanks in advance for your feedback!