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Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God

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Overview

Nothing is more essential than knowing how to worship the God who created us. This book focuses readers on the essentials of God-honoring worship, combining biblical foundations with practical application in a way that works in the real world. The author, a pastor and noted songwriter, skillfully instructs pastors, musicians, and church leaders so that they can root their congregational worship in unchanging scriptural principles, not divisive cultural trends. Bob Kauflin covers a variety of topics such as the devastating effects of worshiping the wrong things, how to base our worship on God's self-revelation rather than our assumptions, the fuel of worship, the community of worship, and the ways that eternity's worship should affect our earthly worship.

Appropriate for Christians from varied backgrounds and for various denominations, this book will bring a vital perspective to what readers think they understand about praising God.

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What People Are Saying

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"Bob loves God, values theology, and cares about people. This mix is found throughout this wonderful and helpful book. Worship Matters will inspire you as a worshiper and spur you on as a leader of worship."
Matt Redman, Recording Artist, Song-writer, Worship Leader, Brighton, UK

"Bob Kauflin is teaching a new generation to take corporate worship seriously in a fashion that is simultaneously biblically faithful and addressing today's culture."
D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"This book is thoroughly biblical, comprehensive, balanced, clear, and engaging. Worship leaders must read it, and it will be a great help to anyone interested in finding out what biblical worship is about and how to worship from the heart."
John M. Frame, J. D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

"Bob's approach is humble, yet authoritative; comprehensive, yet inspirational. And if you take his gentle but clear teaching onboard, it will help make you fully equipped in mind, heart, and spirit to lead others in worship. I wholeheartedly recommend it."
Stuart Townend, Christian Song-writer

"An outstanding book both for those who lead worship and also for every Christian who wants to worship God more fully. The book is biblical, practical, interesting, wise, and thorough in its treatment of the topic. The next time I teach on worship, I plan to make this the required text."
Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary

"Humility. Self-deprecating humor. Practical wisdom. And not just for music leaders. What a refreshing read! I've gained from Bob Kauflin, and if you read this, you will too."
Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC; President, 9Marks

"Bob is a pastor, a teacher, and a skilled musician. And this book captures his heart, his zealous pursuit of God, and his many years of real-life experience leading worship. That's why his book deserves the careful study of pastors and worship leaders alike."
Joshua Harris, Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland; author, Dug Down Deep

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581348248
  • Publisher: Crossway Books
  • Publication date: 3/31/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 206,250
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Kauflin traveled with the Christian group GLAD for eight years as a songwriter and arranger before becoming a pastor with Sovereign Grace Ministries in 1985. He is now the director of worship development for Sovereign Grace, overseeing its music projects and teaching on congregational worship. He blogs at worshipmatters.com and hosts the biennial WorshipGod conference. He and his wife, Julie, have six children and an ever-growing number of grandchildren.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Paul Baloche     11
The Leader
The Important Things     15
My Heart: What Do I Love?     21
My Mind: What Do I Believe?     27
My Hands: What Do I Practice?     33
My Life: What Do I Model?     43
The Task
So What Does a Worship Leader Do?     51
A Faithful Worship Leader ...     57
... Magnifies the Greatness of God ...     61
... In Jesus Christ ...     69
... Through the Power of the Holy Spirit ...     81
... Skillfully Combining God's Word ...     89
... With Music ... (Part One: What Kind?)     97
... With Music ... (Part Two: Planning Sunday's Songs)     109
... Thereby Motivating the Gathered Church ...     121
... To Proclaim the Gospel ...     129
... To Cherish God's Presence ...     137
... And to Live for God's Glory     143
Healthy Tensions
Guiding Principles     153
Transcendent and Immanent     159
Head and Heart     165
Internal and External     169
Vertical and Horizontal     175
Planned and Spontaneous     181
Rooted and Relevant     189
Skilledand Authentic     195
For the Church and for Unbelievers     201
Event and Everyday     205
Right Relationships
Always People     213
Your Church     219
Your Team     229
Your Pastor     241
Some Thoughts for Pastors     249
A Brief Annotated Bibliography     261
Special Thanks     267
Notes     269
Scripture Index     277
General Index     281
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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    Worth IT!

    We are reading this book as a praise team. This book is great and once you start you can't stop.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Excellent work

    As one reviewer said the ebook version is filled with typos and other gramatic mistakes, but they don't really detract from the book or its readability, and the wok itself is an excellent work on worship and the the leading of worship that contains useful information for anyone from the worship leader to the lay person who cannot sing very well like myself

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Ebook version filled with typos

    The text is good, useful for generating dialog in the church. The product itself, the ebook, is at times a jumble of false starts, misspellings, and unneccessary hyphenations.
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