Worship Like Jesus: A Guide for Every Follower

Worship Like Jesus: A Guide for Every Follower

by Constance M. Cherry


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Worship in local churches has changed dramatically over the past fifty years, not only in North America but in many places on every continent. Have these widespread and varying shifts left us with vague or even false impressions of what the weekly worship event is all about? Do followers of Jesus Christ grasp the importance of their role in worship? Do they know how to become fully engaged participants? Do they realize Jesus himself is our best guide and model for worship?

Worship Like Jesus guides Christ-followers through the essential features of Christian worship, transforming the reader’s understanding and experience of worship. This leads people—even entire congregations—to experience worship in exciting and profound ways as never before. This type of worship also leads people into deeper and more committed discipleship. Imagine a community of fully engaged, deeply committed disciples!

Revered author and scholar Constance Cherry offers this practical and foundational resource for ministry leaders and their worship communities.

Each chapter follows the same helpful structure:

  • Introduction
  • Description of the chapter topic and its importance
  • Discovery of Jesus’s own practice
  • Deliberation or reflection on how Jesus’s model makes a difference
  • Determination—readers consider how their worship will be shaped as a result of this chapter; includes questions for reflection
  • Prayer

At the end of each chapter, an exercise is suggested to help people take a practical step toward greater participation and engagement.

A Leader Guide is included as an Appendix. This equips pastors, worship leaders and others to facilitate group study of the book. It is a powerful tool for transforming leadership teams and entire congregations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501881473
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 803,208
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Constance Cherry is Professor of Worship and Pastoral Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University where she directs four distinct Christian worship majors: Worship Studies, Worship Arts, Worship Ministries, and Worship Ministries+Pastoral Ministries (ordination plan). She is also a founding faculty member of The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies where she continues to teach in the Doctor of Worship Studies program since 2000. Constance is an experienced worship leader, musician, and pastor, serving in local church ministry for many years, and currently serving a local congregation as part-time pastor. She is an Elder in the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church. Constance is the author of five books used widely in the church and the academy and translated into multiple languages. She is also a published composer and hymn writer. Constance maintains an extensive schedule of speaking and teaching internationally. Visit her website at www.theworshiparchitect.com.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

The Call to Worship xi

A Definition of Worship xiii

Chapter 1 Our Role Model for Worship 1

Chapter 2 The Priority of Worship 13

Chapter 3 The Object of Worship 27

Chapter 4 The Central Figure of Worship 39

Chapter 5 The Divine Narrative of Worship 55

Chapter 6 The Conversation of Worship 71

Chapter 7 The Disciple as Participant of Worship 87

Chapter 8 The Community of Worship 105

The Sending from Worship 121

Notes 123

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