Theology of Worship

WHAT DOES MISSIO DEI BELIEVE ABOUT WORSHIP?

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." – Romans 12:1

The author of Romans is appealing to the church to live out their lives in such a way that is completely holistic. This daily living out of our lives is ultimately worship to God. But how do we understand or define what worship is according to Scripture? Much ink can be used to define the word worship, but Matt Redman, a musical worship leader and author, gives us a simple definition: “Revelation and Response.”

We believe, and Scripture reveals this to us, that the primary way God leads us into worship is through His Word. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” God primarily reveals Himself through His Word.

The more we read Scripture, the more the power and beauty of the Gospel is revealed to us. Additionally, the more fully we enjoy God for who He is and what He has done and is doing in our lives, the richer and more all encompassing our worship will be as a response to the good news of Jesus Christ. This response is not just pent up knowledge of the Gospel, but it must have a natural outflow into our daily lives.

As Christians, we respond in our words and deeds. As God reveals Himself to us through his Word and helps us understand by the Holy Spirit, this then leads us to do nothing else but respond faithfully in worship.

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