I’m reading thru “Christ Centered Worship, Letting the Gospel Shape Our Practice” by Bryan Chappell – LOVING this book.
Here is a nugget that I highlighted and wrote “WOW” in the margin –
The consistent message of all the liturgies studied so far is the gospel re-presented.
The worship of the church honors the gospel. The worship of the church communicates the gospel. And, the gospel shapes the worship of the church. We cannot honor the gospel and, at the same time, worship in ways that distort it. This would necessarily be the case of we praised God for his holiness but did not acknowledge our sin, or if we acknowledged our sin but did not mention his mercy. To ignore essential elements of the gospel necessarily damages it.
Where the church remains true to the gospel, her worship reflects the truths she holds most dear. Where the gospel is lost, worship becomes reflective of a dead tradition or an evolving heresy. There are two immediate implications (1) when the gospel is distorted, then the worship of the church will be distorted; and (2) when the worship of the church does not reflect the gospel, then the gospel itself is in danger. The goal for our worship should not simply be to honor tradition, or naively to assume there are no abiding truths to guide us, but rather to recognize that God has set an agenda for our worship that takes precedence over human tradition or preference. That agenda can have many variations, but it cannot vary from re-presenting the gospel without ultimately doing damage to the church.
Where the worship of the church continues to re-present the gospel, God maintains the testimony of his truth in his church despite all her weaknesses, frailties, and sin. Through gospel-consistent worship, God communicates his grace thru the ages and beyond human limitations.
I don’t really have anything to add to that except: “AMEN.”