Friday, June 19, 2009

A Checklist for Evaluating Worship

W. Robert Godfrey, in his book Pleasing God in Worship, poses the following questions, which we may well use to help us assess if our corporate worship conforms to God's Word, or better still, if we are worshiping God "acceptably with reverence and awe" (Heb. 12:29):

√ Does my church love and believe the Bible?

√ Is the worship of my church filled with the Word of God?

√ How much of the service is given to the reading of the Bible?

√ How much of the service is given to biblical prayer?

√ How much of the service is given to singing that is biblical in content and character?

√ What is content of preaching?

√ Is preaching a substantial part of the service?

√ Is the Law of God clearly present in the service?

√ Is the Gospel of Jesus Christ clearly present and central in the service?

√ What is the role of the sacraments [baptism and Lord's Supper] in the ministry of the church?

√ Are there elements of the service that are more entertaining than biblical?

√ Are both joyful thanksgiving and reverent awe expressed and balanced in the service?

Source: Faithwalk, Vol. 3 No. 1, 2003, p. 15

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