Worship and Hope
worship will give us hope for today because of what the Bible teaches about the
WORSHIP AND HOPE
Worship dare not be glib or superficial, ought not to dispense false
assurances or manipulate emotions. Instead, genuine worship always offers the
hope of the Gospelóneither entertainment nor escapism, neither diversion nor
another sort of consumerism, but the terrible truth about sin and evil and the
even greater truth (in all its glory) that on the cross and through the empty
tomb Christ has been victorious o ver iniquity, injury, and death. Worship will
then enfold all of us who search for hope in Godís present cosmic reign and
challenge us to engage in Godís sovereign purposes of ministry to the world.
Finally, worshipís celebration of Godís governance will equip us with patience
endurance to endure the hardships of this life as we await the culmination of
Godís kingdom. This is all, indeed, good news for us each and together to
tell our neighbors. Our goal is to bring the world to worship our God with us.
óMarva J. Dawn, HOW SHALL WE WORSHIP?: BIBLICAL GUIDELINES FOR THE WORSHIP
WARS, Chapter 12, "How Does Worship Form us by the Future to Live in the
Present?" [Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, 2003], p. 168. ISBN
[This little book is highly recommended. When I say "little," I mean small.
It measures 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches and will fit in any Christmas stocking.]
Have a great week.
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary