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Worship Matters (Foreword by Paul Baloche): Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God

Worship Matters (Foreword by Paul Baloche): Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God [Kindle Edition]

Bob Kauflin , Paul Baloche
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Combining biblical foundations with real-world application, a pastor and professional songwriter guides worship leaders and pastors to root their corporate worship in unchanging scriptural principles rather than divisive trends.

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.

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 and his wife, Julie, have six children and an ever-growing number of grandchildren.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By A. Gale
When it comes to music and worship within the church, everyone seems to have an opinion. It would appear that all are willing to throw their two pence into the mix. In a generation that appears to be focusing on the experience of worship as opposed to the God of infinite praise, this book could not be more aptly timed.

Bob takes the time required to open up the Biblical approach to coming before the Lord in singing that has sorely been lost throughout recent times. For some this will be fresh and new, and for some will sting a little, but if read with humility, will be deeply profound and edifying to the reader.

I have now read this book through twice and will continue to return to its truth and helpful advice throughout my life. Though you may not agree with all Bob's preferences, there is important practical and spiritual stuff in here for any one who is involved with worship in their church. The chapters are short and very easy reading, yet have a depth of a man who has let the Word of God imprint his understanding. I would also recommend this book to all Christians as food for thought as to what it is we do when we come before the Saviour and sing of His great love for us through the wrath absorbing sacrifice of Jesus.

Worship Matters, it really does!! This book matters, and you should read it.
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My first observation would be that this is not a book just for people who call themselves worship leaders. This is a book that would be valuable to anybody who calls themselves a Christian. The sheer depth that this book goes into, a depth I wasn't expecting, makes it more than a manual for Sunday morning singing and more of a core text on what should be a huge part of our Christian lives. I should have guessed this from the endorsement on the back. I'd have anticipated having maybe Paul Baloche, Chris Tomlin et al but what you find is rather different. Carson, Frame, Grudem(!?!), Dever and Harris (as well as Townsend and Redman). If that doesn't intrigue you, I'm not sure what will.

The book itself is extremely well set out. The arguments are clear to follow, it flows nicely between over arching themes (which on their own would leave us asking as many questions as we had to begin with) and nitty gritty(which on their own would be so nit picked we'd be arguing that it's only right for his church), it doesn't pretend to know all there is, there's huge amounts of quotations from a vast library of books. Again I say, "This is not what I expected!"

What was most noticeable to me though was the humility with which it was written. In stark contrast to Young Restless and Reformed (which in hindsight stank of pride), at no point do you get the impression that Kaufflin thinks he's a guy whose got it all figured out (I happen to to think He's very nearly there!). Instead he seems far, far, far more interested in showing the reader how `worship' relates to our job as Christians, to glorify our risen King.

His critique of modern `worship culture' is even handed (but quite damning when you realise how far it is from the biblical ideal he presents). I've read it once and can't wait to read it again with highlighter in hand! Really, who ever you are, get hold of this book and read it. I can't say fairer than that!
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Worship Matters. It matters to God and it matters to us - because it's what we are made for. It especially matters to those of us who are called to leadership role in Corporate Worship, whether as pastor or musician. But in matters of Worship we can so often lose focus, lose our sense of priorities and get so caught up in the task we forget why we are doing it.

Bob Kauflin's book is immensely helpful because it has two solid foundations. The first is a clear, Biblical understanding of the God we worship. As Kauflin says: "The better (i.e. the more accurately) we know God through his Word, the more genuine our worship will be."

The second foundation is over 30 years experience in music for worship, as arranger, pianist and worship pastor. He writes with real honesty from his own experience of the practical difficulties and spiritual temptations and dangers we all face as musicians and worship leaders.

These two foundations lend real weight and impact to what Kauflin has to say. Throughout the book as he focusses on The Leader, The Task, Healthy Tensions and Right Relationships he weaves the great truths about Jesus, the Gospel, the Cross, the Spirit around practical advice both on the leader's own Spiritual life, and how to run a healthy music ministry. A classically trained pianist who toured for 8 years as a songwriter and arranger for the group GLAD, Kauflin belongs to a tradition which values both biblical teaching and doctrine, and charismatic renewal. As a result there is a huge amount to to explore, from whatever theological or musical tradition you come. There's even a chapter for your Pastor/Minister/Clergy leaders to read. Above all what greater prayer could there be than his prayer "...that people [will] walk away from our meetings more amazed by God than by our music."
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A couple of us decided to read this as input to our regular meetings. Each reading a number of chapters, then meeting to catch up, discuss where we were and how things were going and anything in particular that had seemed relevant/important from the book. Really useful and helpful and we found the book provided solid input and insights.

It's well researched, written well and covers a lot of ground both biblical and practical. Well worth investing in and really helpful to work through with others in your team.
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