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Book Discussion 2

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Lesson

Discussion of two books: "Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for This Urgent Time," by Marva J. Dawn, and "Contemporary Worship Music: A Biblical Defense," by John M. Frame.

Outline

BOOK REVIEW

This is a review on the book, Reaching our Without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for this Urgent Time, by Marva J. Dawn. It includes some points from the book, Contemporary Worship Music: A Biblical Defense, by John M. Frame. This discussion will be helpful even if you have not read the books.

I. AN APOLOGY

Dawn’s work is quoted as being an apology for the idea that for using classical music and traditional worship and it is the only artistically, aesthetically appropriate right way to worship God. However, churches like Willow-Creek in the Chicago area employ contemporary worship strategies to connect with people in their community in order to reach people with the gospel message.

II. IMPORTANT THEOLOGY

Dawn makes some theological points about congregational worship being primarily for God and also for spiritual formation of believers. There are different views on how the Sabbath described in the Old Testament and how believers worship in the New Testament are connected.

III. INCONSISTENCIES AND CONTRADICTIONS

Dawn may have not adequately researched the content of contemporary music and the impact it is having on individuals and congregations. However, it’s important to be thoughtful about using terms like “Ebenezer” and “catholic” in a way that people in the congregation will understand what they mean. “Meet me where I am and help me go where I need to go.”

IV. TRAINING

It is important to train worship leaders on a regular basis to give them tools and strategies that promote the spiritual life of the church. It’s also important to train the congregation about the significance of worship and the meaning of the elements of the worship service.

V. WORSHIP AND CHRISTIAN FORMATION

Both contemporary and liturgical styles of worship can be effective in a congregational service. The culture of the church should change as the people of the church grow in their understanding of their relationship to God and how they live their lives. Seekers might respond to and benefit from being in a catechumenate program.

VI. NATURE OF THE CHURCH

Intergenerational and intercultural interaction are important elements of church life to be aware of.