Principles 9 – 11
In the last three principles (9 – 11), Dr. Parrett challenges us that when we worship as a community, our concerns for individual freedom must be balanced with the need to consider and prefer others first. Worship is first and foremost about God and for God. He is also the subject and object of our worship.
IX. Principle #9: We worship as a community, our concerns for individual freedom and self-expression must be balanced with the need to "prefer one another in love" and "consider others more important than yourself."
A. Philippians 2:3-4
B. Putting others before yourself, being conscious of all groups and their needs
C. Private worship time vs. corporate
X. Principle #10: Worship is first and foremost for God and about God; its benefits in forming believers and in reaching unbelievers are secondary.
A. Balance of worship, nurture, and outreach
B. Roya Waster of Time
C. Seeker sensitive (1 Corinthians 14:24-25)
XI. Principle #11: God is both the Subject and the Object of our worship.
A. Subject: God initiates the encounter, by graciously revealing Himself and His will to us.
B. Object: It is to Him that we respond with love, praise, service, and obedience.