October 11, 2011 by Neil Reynolds
Last week I started a teaching series on worship (you can listen to the series here). I started in Romans 12:1 because it’s the only place I know of in the NT that defines worship. This is important because I think so many people have a fundamental misunderstanding about what worship is. Here’s the definition…
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
I paraphrase it this way: worship is responding to God’s goodness and grace by surrendering your entire life to Him. Worship doesn’t begin and end. It isn’t an event. It isn’t something that happens a few times a week. Worship is a life fully surrendered to God. When you understand this, it fundamentally changes the way you view worship.
The question, “How should I treat my spouse,” becomes just as important as, “What kind of music best glorifies and honors God when we get together as a church on Sunday?”
The question, “How should I respond when people mistreat me,” becomes just as important as, “How often should we observe the Lord’s Supper as a church?”
I once had a professor who put it well. He said, “If you have a son that’s sixteen years old who starts a band with his friends and your theology says he can’t be playing music in your garage and worshipping at the same time, you need to get a new theology.” It wasn’t a statement about the type of worship music he prefers (he prefers a cappella worship music). It was a statement about misunderstanding what worship is. Because according to the New Testament, everything is worship.