During a 1954 interview, the great A.W. Tozer, was asked what
he thought would awaken the church from its complacency. This
was his response: "In my opinion, the great single need of the
church is that Christians be struck down with a vision of God,
high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple. The holy art of
worship seems to have passed away like the Shekinah glory
from the tabernacle. As a result, we are left to our own devices
and forced to make for up the lack of spontaneous worship by
bringing in countless cheap and tawdry activities to hold the
attention of the church people."
This stinging analysis, whether we agree with it or not, reminds
us that the Biblically based Christian is challenged to consider
worship, along with all areas of life, in light of the culture in which
he lives. Worship should be included in the total world view of
each Christian as a significant part of his life.
Unfortunately among Christians, the word "worship" can become
an expression void of significant content if we fail to consider its
meaning. Our English word means "worthship," denoting the worthiness of an individual to receive special honor in accordance with that worth. Warren Wiersbe offers a broad definition based upon this concept. He writes, "Worship is the believer's response of all that he is--mind, emotions, will, and body--to all that God is and says and does. This response has its spiritual side in subjective experience, and its practical side in objective obedience to God's revealed truth. It is a loving response that is balanced by the fear of the Lord, and it is a deepening response as the believer comes to know God better."
Do these definitions describe worship as you experience it with your gathered church and in your daily life? If not, perhaps you need to evaluate the place of worship in your life. Perhaps you need to consider honestly if you have allowed yourself to become accustomed to traditions that have confused true worship. Perhaps you have approached worship with the idea that it applies only on Sunday mornings. Or maybe you have never stopped to consider the importance of worship. Whatever the case, we invite you to join us here at Collins Hill Baptist Church as we worship God during our services through music and the preaching and teaching of God's Word.