O1i Understanding the Sabbath

A look at the sabbath, it’s meanings in the Old Testament, corrections in understanding by Jesus, and its relevance for families today and contemporary worship.  Does it apply to Israel only?  Is it of universal scope in application for all of humanity?  Saturday?  Sunday? Is the sabbath mainly for devotion to God or is it intended for us too?

33 slides. Downloadable PowerPoint with full formatting. See square icon.

Supplement for the book, People in the Presence of God.

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NEW! 1G Discontinuity vs Continuity

Revised, Sept 15, 2014

Why is the question “To what extent is the Old Testament discontinuous or continuous with the New Testament” so important for Christian worship?  Well, it affects how seriously we take OT worship.  It affects the extent to which OT practice might apply or be suggestive for worship now. Though the OT devotes more than 10 times the amount of space to worship than the NT, many evangelicals tend to “blow it off.”  Yet isn’t all scripture “profitable” (II Tim 3:16)?

This PowerPoint supplements People in the Presence of God. 55 frames.

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New! 1F Underlying OT Worship Theology Identical to NT?

Revised Sept 15, 2014. This is the PowerPoint I use for my first class in teaching Worship Foundations at Biola University. I try to deal with some of the negativity often associated with the Old Testament.

This PowerPoint argues that OT and NT worship is essentially identical in its underlying theology.  But you ask,”Isn’t OT worship primarily about sacrifices and external worship? How could they be identical?”

PowerPoint supplementing People in the Presence of God. 34 frames.

PowerPoint is available for “download” and for proper appearance and formatting. Click on square box, then “file.”

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08 Is Worship a Performance? Part 1 TNW PP

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.

09 Is Worship a Performance? Part 2 TNW PP

Worship a performance?  What are the implications? Kierkegaard’s idea. Some issues: performance & skill; wisdom & technique; human personality; size of church

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01D Old Testament Worship Principles PIP PP

Old Testament worship, characterized by holiness, transcendence, costly sacrifice, is explored. Ways to convey transcendence musically. Holy of holies, a graduated taboo.

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03 The Patriarchs: Parents Leading Families PIP PP

Revised Sept 15, 2014.  48 slides.

Noah, Abraham, Jacob: clean animals, circumcision, altars, obedience, tithe, vows, prostration. How to encourage the families to be centers of worship, and instruction in the everyday life, or life situations.

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18 Worship in Heaven: Drama PIP PP

Worship in heaven as found in Revelation 4-5: authentic drama, courage, suspense, surprise, dramatic action, dramatic scale, a worthy protagonist, theological in intent. Learn from the greatest worship designer that ever existed. Worship designed by God himself.

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