When we speak of “worship” most people associate the word with gatherings of spiritual people in sacred places. In modern church circles worship has become identified almost exclusively with music performed and sung in church services. When we look to scripture we see that this is a tragic reduction of the biblical idea of worship which spans from Genesis to Revelation and encompasses all of life. Worship is the continuous outpouring of all humanity for better or for worse; for God glorifying worship or self glorifying idolatry. Before we can establish practical, God glorifying corporate worship in our churches we must first think biblically about the larger theological context of this defining issue. If we fail to do this we create an idol out of the very thing we are intending glorify God.
Pastor Tim Smith speaks about the larger context of worship and how it relates to the world around us in culture. This message came from the Resurgence: Continuous Worship conference fall 2007. For more information about Pastor Tim and both worship and culture check out http://www.doxologist.com.