Shelves: non-fiction , religion I had to read this for a class. It was full of arguments based on poor hermeneutics, was written from a totally charismatic theology without room for other interpretations, and the author enjoyed contradicting himself a bit overmuch for our group to sometimes know what his point was supposed to be. The only useful bits of the book were toward the end when it talks about worship teams, worship leaders, etc. To get the most out of this book with minimal frustration, I recommend reading chapters 1, 4, 9, and 10 and skimming or skipping the rest.
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Why then do I need to worship if he seeks it not? Bob Sorge, an ardent writer of thought provoking practical books, ignites hearts yet again with this piece, Exploring Worship: A Practical Guide to Worship. Bob, a former music director, expresses his belief and desire to see leaders and worshipers equipped in the spiritual and practical aspects of worship. His writing is not just theoretical; it retells real life experiences and contains bible references. Exploring Worship clarifies the diverse misconceptions of the term while expounding its simplicity, essence and exclusivity.
The first section of the book comprises 7 chapters and dwells on worship and praise as expressions unto God, while the latter has 3 chapters and relates the practical aspect of worship. The first chapter discusses praise and its distinctive extroverted nature. Bob proceeds to explain when, where and how one should praise. Praise, being extroverted expression, is done in varying ways. Some of these are common; others are not very widely practised.
Worship as a Christian communal experience is described as an excercise which requires both on the worship leader and worshippers to bring to life. The author makes it clear that there are sacrifices to be made by all involved, in order to actualize worship. Chapter three emphasizes the use of praise as a weapon of spiritual warfare. The scriptural basis of its use is not without explanation, likewise the exposition on the use of the forms of expression of praise as spiritual weaponry.
Who really are worshipers? How does one become a worshiper? What does it mean to worship without guilt and what are the attitudes that could hinder an acceptable worship? These questions are answered in detail in the fifth chapter of the book.
All of these are found in chapter six. Chapter eight delves into the art of leading worship. The author wants us to understand that proper worship leadership is learned. Further explained are the qualifications a leader should possess: musical expertise which is of great necessity; the leaders preparation both musically and spiritually; and the leaders leading— and not controlling -worship. Chapter nine exposits the importance of a worship leading team in a church, the role of the pastor and worship leader in congregational worship, the various members of the worship leading team and their place in the church.
And finally, chapter ten makes known the need for planning worship services, the need for sensitivity, preparation and balance as regards worship services, creativity in providing good variety in worship services, and practical steps to writing songs and teaching new songs. If you are desiring insight into the world of worship, the art of worship and leading worship, you will find this book useful. It demonstrates, among other things, that worship is not about the subject worshiper but the object God.
And this, in the end, is the key message we all need to internalize. Rate this:.
BOOK REVIEW: EXPLORING WORSHIP, by Bob Sorge
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