The Worship of God: Some Theological, Pastoral, and Practical Reflections

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1982 - 237 pàgines
This is a print on demand book and is therefore non- returnable.

While most Christians today value worship and regard it as a vital part of the church's life and witness, there is also a wistful yearning that contemporary worship be vastly improved and given a more satisfying rationale.

Calling his book a "compact guide to some of the main themes of the worship of God," and believing that the agenda of worship "needs a serious overhaul in our churches," well-known theologian Ralph P. Martin here reexamines the concept of worship, "recasting . . . its meaning in such a way as will express its essentially theological dimension and yet will relate its practice to the concerns, interests, and needs of men and women in our world."

To that end, then, Martin discusses several elements of worship: praise, prayer, hymns, the offering, the creeds and confessions, the sermon, baptism, the Lord's Supper, and the role of the Holy Spirit. The main thrust of Martin's discussion it to consider, in the light of Scripture and history, the theological rationale for the practice of each element. A final chapter summarizes the author's definition of worship and diagrams a "service of worship" that involves all the aspects of worship he has discussed.

Both theologically adequate and pastorally helpful, the book is designed for ministers and theological students, as well as lay leaders in the churches.

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Pàgines seleccionades


Let us Worship God
Praises with Understanding
Praying Together
Hymns and Sacred Songs
Bring an Offering
Confessing the Faith
The Role of the Sermon
Baptism and Christian Unity
The Table of the Lord
The Holy Spirit in our Worship
Unity and Diversity in New Testament Worship
Reshaping our Worship

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Pàgina 113 - And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things.
Pàgina 79 - And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls, and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and lively sacrifice unto thee...
Pàgina 45 - With antique pillars massy proof, And storied windows richly dight, Casting a dim religious light. There let the pealing organ blow, To the full-voiced quire below, In service high and anthems clear, As may with sweetness, through mine ear, Dissolve me into ecstasies, And bring all Heaven before mine eyes.
Pàgina 178 - No man can truly say That Jesus is the Lord, Unless thou take the veil away, And breathe the living word ; Then, only then, we feel Our interest in his blood, And cry, with joy unspeakable,
Pàgina 17 - Rat!' he found breath to whisper, shaking. 'Are you afraid?' 'Afraid?' murmured the Rat, his eyes shining with unutterable love. 'Afraid! Of Him ? O, never, never! And yet — and yet — O, Mole, I am afraid!
Pàgina 172 - What is the chief end of man .* A. Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.

Sobre l'autor (1982)

Ralph P. Martin (1925-2013) was distinguished scholar in residence at Fuller Theological Seminary, Haggard School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University, and Logos Evangelical Seminary in El Monte, California. He wrote numerous studies and commentaries on the New Testament, including the Tyndale New Testament Commentary volume on Philippians and the volume on James in the Word Biblical Commentary series, for which he also served as New Testament editor.

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