Important New Testament Worship Passages (Part 7)

WORSHIP NOTES Volume 8, No. 12  (December 2013) 6. FROM GLORY TO GLORY: God’s Glory in Romans (and in Christmas)  The Fall For although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling …

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BORN TO DIE: Christmas Communion Resources

 WORSHIP NOTES Volume 8, No. 11 (November 2013) CALL TO WORSHIP And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. . . . For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:14,16-17) …

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Important New Testament Worship Passages (Part 6)

WORSHIP NOTES Volume 8, No. 10  (October 2013) 5. PAUL AS THEOLOGIAN AND WORSHIPER (Romans 11:33-36) Paul’s explanation of the ramifications of the fall (1:18-32; see last month’s Worship Notes) and the ensuing blackness of sin that has engulfed the human race (3:9-18,23) makes the gospel shine all the more brightly as he expounds on it in the ensuing chapters. He shows how the gospel is indeed “the power of …

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Important New Testament Worship Passages (Part 5)

WORSHIP NOTES Volume 8, No. 9  (September 2013) 5. WORSHIP AND THE FALL IN ROMANS (Romans 1:18-25) Sometimes, when students at the schools I visit overseas learn that I have come to teach a course on worship, they ask (or at least think) questions like: “A whole course on worship?? What’s he going to talk about for one or two weeks?” But they soon see, as we delve deeply into …

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Important New Testament Worship Passages (Part 4)

WORSHIP NOTES Volume 8, No. 8 (August 2013) NOTE: For the crucial passage on worship in John 4, please see Worship Notes 3.9. 4. BIBLICAL CONSTANTS OF WORSHIP (Acts 2:42,47) a. Normative Elements Luke has just recounted the events of the day of Pentecost: the coming of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ followers, Peter’s sermon, and the conversion and baptism of “three thousand souls” (2:41). And in the very next …

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Important New Testament Worship Passages (Part 3)

WORSHIP NOTES Volume 8, No. 7 (July 2013) 3. WORSHIP SONGS, ATTITUDES AND ACTS IN THE GOSPEL OF LUKE  a.     Christmas Canticles (Luke 1–2) A canticle is defined by the dictionary as “a song or chant, esp. a hymn containing words derived from the Bible.” These four inspired and poetic psalms of praise, uttered by different figures in Luke’s account of the birth of Christ, have been set to music …

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Important New Testament Worship Passages (Part 2)

WORSHIP NOTES Volume 8, No. 6 (June 2013) 2. INCISIVE PERSPECTIVES ON WORSHIP IN THE GOSPEL OF MARK a. God’s Priority: Heart Worship And Jesus said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me;in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” (7:6-7) Jesus quotes from Isaiah …

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Important New Testament Worship Passages (Part 1)

WORSHIP NOTES Volume 8, No. 5 (May 2013) 1. GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF WORSHIP IN THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW a.   Exclusive worship Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For …

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The Supremacy of God’s Name in the Old Testament

Worship in the Old Testament, 18th and last in the series WORSHIP NOTES Volume 8, No. 4 (April 2013) You have exalted above all thingsYour name and Your word. (Psalm 138:2)  “I am the LORD; that is My name;I will not give my glory to another.” (Isaiah 42:8) 1. THE NATURE OF GOD’S NAME As is well known, names in Scripture carry much more weight than mere appellation or identification: they …

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Worship Notes: The early years

Thanks to the efforts of Guven Peter Wittveen, it is now also possible to download the first 63 issues of Worship Notes in one file HERE (about 30MB).

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