The word “performance” in worship: the people distrust it, musicians value it, pastors deny it. Can/should it be redeemed? How? The biblical concept of performance: performing=serving=ministering. Look/see if a strong case is made.
Worship a performance? What are the implications? Kierkegaard’s idea. Some issues: performance & skill; wisdom & technique; human personality; size of church
Jesus our worship leader, the ultimate leader: interceding, protecting, conducting, singing, representing; offerer of worship, receiver of worship; leads heaven’s worship; our high priest, calls us his brothers, our basis of confidence. Qualities. See Heb 2:11,12 and compare with Ps 22.
Exploration of Acts 2 (Wind, Tongues of Fire), 10 (Vision of Descended Sheet) & 15 (Jerusalem Council). It’s implications/lessons for coping with cultural change & musical style. Why did God choose wind & tongues of fire to convey the image of the Holy Spirit? Do Acts 2 &10 imply the gospel can be clothed in many music styles?
Paul tackles thorny cultural issues (sacred days, wine, meat offered to idols, meat thought to be unclean) and offers advice. He address both the weak & the strong, and helps them navigate the tricky waters intersecting faith, conscience, & culture. All this provides help for resolving tensions relating to musical style & worship practice today. Lessons from Romans 14 and I Cor 8-10.
Paul, culture, and 9 issues: circumcision, meat offered to idols, weak vs strong, tongues & intelligible communication — it’s relevance to worship. Is music morally neutral? Is music a language? The views of Hustad, Johannson. Romans 14, I Cor 8-10, 14.
What do you think are the good and bad affects of current changes in worship? Seeker centered services replace believer centered; guitars replace keyboards; expressive physical movement replaces restrained; screens replace hymnbooks; choruses replace hymns; young leaders replace old; improvising replaces reading music; esteemed emphasis on worship replaces moderate