5 Criteria For Christian Worship Service Planning

by Bobby Gilles

in Worship Leading

From John Witvliet in A More Profound Alleluia: Theology and Worship in Harmony:

1. Does our liturgy speak of God with reference to particular actions in history as recorded in Scripture?

2. Does corporate worship in our congregation rehearse the whole of the divine economy in a balanced way?

3. Does worship present each particular biblical event and image in an integrated way, with attention to how it fits in the whole framework of biblical teaching and the triune work of God?

4. Does worship open up the meaning of these events in ways that help us perceive God’s character more clearly, correcting the theological astigmatism to which we are prone?

5. Does the community itself model the kind of intimate fellowship or koinonia that is central to both divine life and the Christian life, and do we see the Trinity’s own communion as the source of that communion?

What do you think of this list? Is there anything you would add?

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