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This review is from: True Worship (Paperback)
Since I heard in advance that the central thesis of this book is, "we do not go to church to worship God", I was prepared in advance to be un-impressed. But I was still surprised by the poor, or non-existent exegesis that Roberts uses to attempt to back up his bizarre claim.
As I read through carefully, I was amazed at the huge swathe of relevant and helpful things that Roberts failed to say about worship. No-one really believes that worship is such a tiny subject as this book makes it out to be.
In fact, Roberts reserves his greatest energies for ridiculing those who believe that worship means something more.
His chapter, "The place of Music and Singing" would appear to be in the wrong book, since Roberts contends that we do not sing to worship God. But in fact quite a bit of his negative message is in this chapter.
I'm afraid my impression is, Roberts is attempting to defend his dull and boring corner of the church, by attempting to show that others whose church experience is less boring are actually "false worshippers".
Worshipping God is uplifting, inspiring, transformational, life-affirming. Unfortunately there are no words like these in this book.
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Initial post: 15 Sep 2012 11:50:59 BDT
T. Bell says:
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship." Rom. 12:1. Christian worship is a live of devotion to God, primarily done through our living and also through our prayer/singing/meditating etc. When we are ridiculed for our faith, God is glorified and we worship him. When we say no to sin, God is glorified and we worship him through our actions. The bible is clear that a live of sacrifice to God is how we worship him. Singing all to often dumbs down what worship is to a small part of Sunday morning. Robert's explanation of true, deep, meaningful worship has encouraged me to live my life as a living sacrifice, for this is my spiritual act of worship.
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