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:
- 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
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.
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Table of Contents
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