Sunday, August 26, 2012 4:36 AM

Worship is Upward, Inward, and Outward

Sunday, August 26, 2012 4:36 AM
Sunday, August 26, 2012 4:36 AM

Worship is upward because it offers praise to God for his mission in creating and redeeming the world.

It is inward because it shapes each of us in God’s community to reflect on the world from the perspective of God’s saving mission and to bring our own lives into conformity to the living out of the kingdom principles that give shape to God’s kingdom community.

It is outward in that it proclaims God’s mission to the watching world and provides them with an alternative view of reality.

In this sense worship is the mission of God and does the mission of God and calls us all into submission and obedience to the God of the mission.[1]

Christians in their worship, “declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9). The church at worship is the mission of God made public

[1] Webber, R. (2003). Ancient-future evangelism: Making your church a faith-forming community (162). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

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