Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship, By David G. Peterson alt

Engaging with God

A Biblical Theology of Worship

by David G. Peterson
Foreword by I. Howard Marshall

Engaging with God
  • Length: 317 pages
  • Published: November 20, 2014
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 9885
  • ISBN: 9780830898855

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Worship is of immense concern in the church and ironically the source of controversy and dispute. Can we get behind the question of what style of worship we should engage in to understand the bedrock foundation for God's people--honoring him as he desires? Is the dissatisfaction with worship voiced by so many perhaps a result of our having wandered from biblical teaching on the subject?

Through careful exegesis in both Old and New Testaments, David Peterson unveils the total life-orientation of worship that is found in Scripture. Rather than determining for ourselves how we should worship, we, his people, are called to engage with God on the terms he proposes and in the way he alone makes possible.

This book calls for a radical rethinking of the meaning and practice of worship, especially by those responsible for leading congregations. Here is the starting place for recovering the richness of biblical worship.

"The author cuts back through the undergrowth of our inherited traditions to the clarity and straightforwardness of the biblical teaching. . . . Despite the scholarship behind it, all this is done with a beautiful simplicity and clarity that makes the book readily available to a wide circle of readers."

I. Howard Marshall

"Peterson has researched 160 books in preparation for this project, which speaks to his thoroughness. My guess is that he found every instance of worship in the Bible. Recommend this book to your pastor, worship leaders, and Bible teachers; but warn them that it is deep reading. Each chapter concludes with a summary in laymen's terminology, which helps make it more readable."

Cindy Grabill, Church Libraries, Summer 2010

Another first-rate example of Peterson's careful exegesis and gospel-centered hermeneutic.

Alex S. Leung, six steps, January 19, 2008


Foreword by I. Howard Marshall
1. Engaging with God in the Old Testament
Worship and revelation
Worship and redemption
Worship and the cult
Worship and the sacrificial system
Worship and the Jerusalem temple
Worship and the future of God's people
2. Honouring, serving and respecting God
Worship as homage or grateful submission
Worship as service
Worship as reverence or respect
3. Jesus and the new temple
Matthew's perspective
John's perspective
4. Jesus and the new covenant
The worship of Jesus
Jesus and the Law of Moses
The gospels and Jesus' death
5. Temple and community in the Acts of the Apostles
The earliest disciples and the temple
The inclusion of the Gentiles
Homage and service under the new covenant
The character and function of early Christian gatherings

6. Paul and the service of the gospel
Worship as the consecrated lifestyle of the coverted
Acceptable worship and the sacrifice of Christ
Gospel ministry as a specific expression of Christian worship
Sacrifice, faith and the Spirit

7. Serving God in the assembly of his people
Meeting God when the church gathers
The church as the temple of the Holy Spirit
Edification and the gathering of the church
The Lord?s Supper at Corinth

8. The book of Hebrews and the worship of Jesus
The definitive worship of Jesus
Worship as homage to God?s Son
The participation of believers in the worship of Jesus
The congregational gathering in Hebrews
Maintaining the hope we profess

9. Worship in the Revelation of John
The seductive power of false religion
The call to worship the true God
Worship in the heavenly realm
The link between heaven and earth

10. Worship and the gospel--a summary


Index of Scripture references

Index of subjects

Index of modern authors


David G. Peterson is an emeritus faculty member at Moore Theological College in Sydney, where he still teaches part-time. He served as principal of Oak Hill College, London, from 1996 to 2007. His books include The Acts of the Apostles (PNTC), Romans (EBTC), Engaging with God, Possessed by God, Transformed by God, and Hebrews and Perfection.