Category Archives: Real Worship

Worship: Dressing for the Assembly, by Alexander Campbell

The following is from an 1839 article by Alexander Campbell, “Worshipping Assembles — No. I / The Appearance of Things”: Our meetings of all sorts are greatly defective in many respects, and in none more visibly than in the dress and … Continue reading

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Real Worship: Part 13: Coping with Selfishness

Churches are always going to be filled with selfish people. If we managed to preach all our members into selflessness, we’d be so attractive that we’d soon have hundreds of converts — who’d be immature Christians and therefore selfish. Unhealthy … Continue reading

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Real Worship: Part 12: The Assembly Done Right

The goal of the assembly Christian theology is centered on Christ. In particular, God sent Jesus so that God’s children could be formed in the image of Christ. (Gal 4:18-19 ESV) 18 It is always good to be made much … Continue reading

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Real Worship: Part 11: Contextualization; Surrender

(1Co 9:19-23 ESV) 19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. … Continue reading

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Real Worship: Part 10.1: On the Attractional Strategy

As so often happens, a comment by Guy got me to thinking. Guy wrote, The issue is which sub-purpose(s) ought to dictate the content of the assembly.  That is, what does this general question imply about the particular design and … Continue reading

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Real Worship: Part 10: The Worship Wars

Worship wars It’s been some time since I posted links to iMonk’s articles about the worship wars. Here they are again – http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/arant-from-a-loser-in-the-worship-wars http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/let-me-restate-that The blogger was writing about the worship wars, but from outside the Churches of Christ. In … Continue reading

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Real Worship: Part 9: The Lord’s Supper; The Assembly

The Lord’s Supper The Lord’s Supper is so rich with meaning that it’s hard to know what to emphasize. Let’s go with – (1Co 10:16 ESV) 16 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation [koinonia] in … Continue reading

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Real Worship: Part 8: 1 Corinthians 14 and Being Filled With the Spirit

1 Corinthians 14 In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul deals with a question regarding whether certain actions should be permitted in the assembly. Are tongues permitted? What about prophecy? In answering, Paul does not refer to a list of authorized acts. Rather, … Continue reading

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Real Worship: Part 7: Hebrews 10

The assembly in light of the New Testament texts Hebrews 10 You’ll notice that there’s not much in the “worship” passages about the Sunday morning assembly. The scriptures certainly assume that God’s people will gather together, but the assembly is … Continue reading

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Real Worship: Part 6: The Story and Temples of the Spirit

The assembly in light of the Story We start in the Garden. The question is: How did Adam worship? Was there a bunch of rules and do’s and don’t’s? No, I think his worship is found in — (Gen 3:8a … Continue reading

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