“Therefore.” This passage is set up by the first 11 chapters of the book of Romans, which provide an understanding of who the believer is, in Christ. “Offer your bodies.” What matters is putting our faith into action. “as living sacrifices.” Christ died so that the Old Testament practice of offering sacrifices would no longer be necessary. But God asks us here to make other kinds of sacrifices – of time, of personal plans, to name a couple. “Spiritual act of worship.” In other translations, this is rendered “spiritual service” or “reasonable service.” Worship is not just sitting through, or even participating in, a church service. Worship is also how we choose to live our lives every day, by sacrificing our own inherently selfish desires to serve others as God directs us. Living our lives in service to others gives glory to God, and should be a natural flow of action from our experience in a worship service.
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!
This is the first post on my new blog. For years, I wasn’t even sure what a blog was. Then, I considered myself someone who would never get into reading blogs, much less authoring one. Then I came to a place where I believed God wanted me to start a blog, in order to share what He has taught me over the years about worship. So here it is; talk about a new thing! (at least, for me) I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe to get notified when I post new updates, by going to the Home page and scrolling to the bottom of that page.
I imagine there are tons of blogs about worship out there. What makes me think my thoughts are any more worthy of your time than what is already available online? Nothing. But then, for the most part, I don’t really believe they are my thoughts. They are inspired by God. Most of what is posted will be coming from my personal journaling after spending time with God in the Bible or prayer, or both.
Why am I doing this?
Because I believe God wants me to
Because over the years, I have learned a lot about worship, and this is a great way I can share what God has taught me.
Who is this blog for?
Worship participants (i.e., any Christian who isn’t a worship leader, although leaders are participants themselves)
Anyone interested in learning about God or what worship is (according to the Bible), or both.
What should you expect from this blog?
To gain an understanding of the God of the Bible
Biblical foundations for building a life of worship
Ideas to help you lead worship more effectively, or participate in worship with deeper meaning
Inspiration drawn from worship experiences
Practical suggestions for worship leaders
So, thanks for reading! My prayer is that through this blog, you will be drawn to faith in God or strengthened in your faith, and that you would be encouraged to live a life of worship.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.