The invitation to worship God is the highest privilege of human beings—a privilege squandered by sinful rebellion, but also gloriously restored to us through the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. Biblical worship is a response to God?s revelation of himself, empowered by the Holy Spirit, which finds expression in every aspect of human life and experience.
At the same time, there is a great deal of music and song in the Bible. Music is a wonderful gift of God in creation, and there is every reason to embrace its riches and harness its power responsibly for the glory of God and the blessing of his people.
However, Christians have often been divided over the theology and practice of worship, with differing views about spiritual gifts, the place of liturgy, priorities attached to various functions of the church, the weight given to congregational and "whole-life" worship, and the role and style of music.
While many of these areas are touched on in John Risbridger's excellent exposition, his intention is not to court controversy, but simply to allow Scripture to speak, in the hope of establishing as much common ground as possible. He follows a loosely trinitarian structure, in which the main sections explore the connection between worship and the purpose of the Father, the supremacy of the Son and life of the Holy Spirit. Each section concludes with two chapters on the Psalms, in which we hear a variety of "voices", and learn to join their distinctive songs.
Part I: Worship and the Glory of God
1. Worship and the music of creation
2. Worship and the story of salvation
3. Worship catastrophe
4. The perfect worshipper
5. In Spirit and truth
6. The ultimate worship
7. The voice of celebration
8. The voice of adoration
Part II: Worship and the Supremacy of Christ
9. All fulfilled
10. All for Jesus
11. All of life
12. Remember me
13. The voice of repentance
14. The voice of proclamation
Part III: Worship and the Power of the Holy Spirit
15. The transformative Spirit
16. The empowering Spirit I
17. The empowering Spirit II
18. The dynamic Spirit
19. The voice of lament
20. The voice of desire