do we really ‘get’ worship?


Sometimes it is so frustrating – I mean we know Jesus said that true worship is a matter of where the heart is, that it is about spirit and not form right?  In John 4:23-24, in response to the question about the best location for a true church to worship, Jesus says = “the time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth – they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”  So why do we get sucked in to so many emotional battles over structure and style? I love what Pastor Ron Edmondson wrote on this subject – simple and to the point.   (you can see it on his blog here) I have posted it below. What do you think?


1. The volume or tempo of the music determines whether you think it’s a worship song. 

2.  A slight change in the order of the service makes you think they’ve harmed “worship”. 

3. You think raising hands or not raising hands determines the depth of a person’s worship. 

4. You believe the “proper” length of a “worship” service is dictated by your lunch schedule. 

5. You think worship has to be in a service or part of a programmed event. 

6. Certain instruments keep you from thinking worship is possible. 

7. You think worship is confined to a certain place or a certain time. 

8. The clothes you wear determines the quality of worship…for you AND others. 

9. You think worship always involves music. 

10. Your attempt to worship has more to do with a personal preference than the subject of worship.


About dougjohns

Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work. Right now he pastors part time at the International Baptist Church in Bielefeld, Germany. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they have four grown children plus eight grandchildren. Doug has had significant experience as a Presbyterian Minister in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick. He has served as Associate Pastor at West Congregational in Haverhill, Massachusetts; Doug is committed to international ministry in Romania; and he has taken leadership in Christian Camping as Executive Director of Camp Fireside, NH; Glen Mhor Presbyterian Camp, Ontario; Timberline Ranch, BC. .... avid baseball fan of the Toronto Blue Jays ... Managed American Legion Baseball Team out of Creston BC in North Idaho League. Doug is a serious runner with many international half-marathons completed over the last 6 years.
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