In his book, Doctrine: What Ever Christian Should Believe, Mark Driscoll draws six observations about worship out of Hebrews 13:15-17.
15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. 17Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
Based on Hebrews 13:15-17 worship includes...
- Service, which means doing good as a demonstration of the Gospel to the world.
- Participation, which means sharing with others as a demonstration of grace to the world.
- Sacrifice, the giving of time, talent, and treasure
- Submission and holiness
Driscoll then presents six hard hitting questions we can use to identify how well we are doing in each of these six areas.
- Who or what do you praise most passionately and frequently?
- How commonly and clearly do you confess Jesus Christ in the words you speak, type, and sing?
- Are you one who serves others with gladness in response to God so faithfully serving you? Or are you someone who prefers to be served rather than to serve? Do you serve when it is inconvenient or unnoticed, or when you are unmotivated?
- Are you an active participant in the life of your church and community? Do you give your time, talent, and treasure to share God's love in tangible ways with others?
- For whom or what do you sacrifice your time, health, emotion, money, and energy? What do these acts of worship reveal about what you have chosen to deify in your life?
- Are you submissive to godly authority (e.g. partent, teacher, pastor, or boss)?
How do you define worship? What scriptures do you use to support your definition? Do you live up to your definition?
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