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What's at stake in our worship? Everything.
Worship is the dangerous act of waking up to God and God's purposes in the world. But something has gone wrong with our worship. Too often worship has become a place of safety and complacency, a narrowly private experience in which solitary individuals only express their personal adoration. Even when we gather corporately, we often close our eyes to those around us, focusing on God but ignoring our neighbor. But true biblical worship does not merely point us upward—it should turn us outward as well.
In this prophetic wake-up call for the contemporary church, pastor Mark Labberton reconnects Christian worship with biblical justice. From beginning to end, worship must pursue justice and seek righteousness, translating into transformed lives that care for the poor and the oppressed. Labberton shows how to move beyond the comfort of safe worship to authentic worship that is awake to the needs of the world.
Foreword by John Ortberg
1. What's at Stake in Worship?
2. The Real Battle Over Worship
3. False Dangers
4. Real Dangers
5. Waking Up to Where We Live
6. Doing Justice Starts with Rest
7. When Worship Talks to Power
8. Dwelling in Exodus or in Exile?
9. An Imagination for Justice
10. Living Awake