Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship

Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship

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Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship by David A. Peterson, David Peterson

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802806895
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/01/1993
Edition description: 1st North American ed
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.05(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.72(d)

About the Author

David Peterson was senior research fellow and lecturer in New Testament at Moore Theological College, Sydney, where he still teaches part time. He served as principal of Oak Hill College, London, from 1996 to 2007. His books include Engaging with God, Possessed by God (both IVP) and Hebrews and Perfection (Cambridge University Press).

I. Howard Marshall (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen; D.D., Asbury) is Emeritus Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Honorary Research Professor at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland. Among his numerous publications on the New Testament are his commentaries on the Gospel of Luke, Acts, 1-2 Thessalonians, the Pastoral Epistles, 1 Peter and 1-3 John.

He is coauthor of Exploring the New Testament: A Guide to the Letters and Revelation and coeditor of the New International Greek Testament Commentary series, as well as the author of the series' volume on Luke. He has also authored New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel.

Table of Contents

1.Engaging with God in the Old Testament23
Worship and revelation24
Worship and redemption26
Worship and the cult30
Worship and the sacrificial system36
Worship and the Jerusalem temple42
Worship and the future of God's people45
2.Honouring, serving and respecting God55
Worship as homage or grateful submission57
Worship as service64
Worship as reverence or respect70
3.Jesus and the new temple80
Matthew's perspective81
John's perspective93
4.Jesus and the new covenant108
The worship of Jesus109
Jesus and the Law of Moses113
The gospels and Jesus' death117
5.Temple and community in the Acts of the Apostles136
The earliest disciples and the temple137
The inclusion of the Gentiles144
Homage and service under the new covenant147
The character and function of early Christian gatherings152
6.Paul and the service of the gospel166
Worship as the consecrated lifestyle of the converted167
Acceptable worship and the sacrifice of Christ169
Gospel ministry as a specific expression of Christian worship179
Sacrifice, faith and the Spirit182
7.Serving God in the assembly of his people194
Meeting God when the church gathers195
The church as the temple of the Holy Spirit200
Edification and the gathering of the church206
The Lord's Supper at Corinth215
Conclusion: Worship in church and in the world219
8.The book of Hebrews and the worship of Jesus228
The definitive worship of Jesus229
Worship as homage to God's Son237
The participation of believers in the worship of Jesus238
The congregational gathering in Hebrews247
Maintaining the hope we profess252
9.Worship in the Revelation to John261
The seductive power of false religion262
The call to worship the true God266
Worship in the heavenly realm270
The link between heaven and earth275
10.Worship and the gospel - a summary283
Index of Scripture references294
Index of subjects309
Index of modern authors314

What People are Saying About This

I. Howard Marshall

"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."

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