Worship on Earth as It Is in Heaven: Exploring Worship as a Spiritual Discipline  -     By: Rory Noland
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Worship on Earth as It Is in Heaven: Exploring Worship as a Spiritual Discipline

Zondervan / 2011 / Paperback

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Experience more vibrant worship when you learn to view it as a spiritual discipline! Exploring the psalms of David and the Book of Revelation, Noland's encouraging study combines real-life church scenarios, practical guidance, biblical insight, group discussion questions, and personal applications to help you grow as an individual and corporate worshiper. 208 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8 X 5.31 (inches)
ISBN: 0310331285
ISBN-13: 9780310331285
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Rory Noland addresses the challenges of Christian worship head-on, offering practical suggestions gleaned from Scripture on understanding and experiencing vibrant worship. The first half of Worship on Earth as It Is in Heaven explores what it means to grow as a private worshiper. The practices of the psalmist David provide insight to help people worship God on their own. Second, Noland discusses corporate worship by exploring the glorious gatherings in heaven, as described in the book of Revelation. He presents immediately applicable ideas for becoming a better corporate worshiper. This book includes: • Slice-of-church-life scenarios. Every chapter begins with a brief scenario that presents a worship-related issue or a conflict corresponding to the chapter topic. • Group discussion questions. Based on the opening scenario, these questions help readers think about and discuss worship-related topics from different perspectives. • Issue-by-issue practical guidance from a biblical perspective. • “Ponder and Apply” application questions. Each chapter ends with a series of discussion questions and action steps to help readers identify key insights and make personal applications.

Author Bio

Rory Noland is the director of Heart of the Artist Ministries, an organization dedicated to serving artists in the church (www.heartoftheartist.org). A songwriter, speaker, church leader, and consultant, Rory is also the author of three books, all published by Zondervan: The Heart of the Artist: A Character-Building Guide For You and Your Ministry Team, Thriving as an Artist in the Church: Hope and Help For You and Your Ministry Team, and The Worshiping Artist: Equipping You and Your Ministry Team to Lead Others in Worship. Rory currently serves part-time as Pastor of Worship at Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, contributes regularly to Worship Leader magazine, and also leads worship for the Transforming Center, a ministry that cares for the souls of pastors and leaders. Rory graduated from the Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University with a degree in theory and composition and served as the music director at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, I?

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Rory Noland is the director of Heart of the Artist Ministries, an organization dedicated to serving artists in the church. He leads retreats for artists, speaks at workshops and conferences, mentors worship leaders, and consults with churches in the areas of worship and the arts. Rory currently serves as Pastor of Worship at Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, and leads worship for the Transforming Center.

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    Do you engage with God during the worship service? A Barna survey reports that eight our of ten believers do not feel they have entered into the presence of God or connected with Him during worship. This should not be the case. "True worshipers experience more than great music or stirred emotions during worship; they experience being in the presence of God."

    Noland offers practical suggestions for overcoming the challenges of worship. The first half of the book concentrates on individual worship and the second, on corporate worship.

    Noland advises, "The first step to becoming a better worshiper is to become a vibrant worshiper Monday through Saturday." After all, that is what we are here for.

    David is used as an example of one who made worship a priority, observed a regular routine of private worship, regarded obedience as the highest form of worship, and worshiped amidst adversity.

    "True worship must always be offered on God's terms, not ours. So we need to learn how God wants to be worshiped."

    It must be our priority because it is God's ultimate priority. It was Jesus' top priority on earth. There will be an increased awareness of God's presence, an increased delight in God's attributes, a more accurate picture of God, and an increased desire to be changed.

    Noland provides examples, suggestions and tips to make worship a habit. He clarifies how idols keep us from worship and helps us identify them. Repent early and often, he says.

    We must worship in adversity. "Our problems may not go away, but they are placed firmly within the context of God's sovereignty, power, mercy, and love."

    Noland looks to the book of Revelation to see what corporate worship is to be like. He quotes Tozer saying that any man or woman on earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven. Worship is the main activity of heaven. Some of it is loud. Some of it is contemplative. Some of it is repetitive.

    Noland reminds us we must be teachable. We can start preparing for heavenly worship right now. The four compelling features of heavenly worship are: pure ascription (obsessed with God's intrinsic worth and ascribing to God alone the glory and honor due him, giving thanks), unapologetically passionate (whole heart and body - what holds us back), intergenerational (set aside your preferences), and multiethnic (welcome others with open arms, learn from ethnic worship).

    He has eight "take away" points:

    1 Make worship a priority.

    2 Establish a regular routine for private worship.

    3 Smash your idols.

    4 Worship amidst adversity.

    5 Focus on God's attributes during corporate worship.

    6 Bring God your best worship.

    7 Set aside personal preferences.

    8 Embrace diversity.

    Noland's advise: "Walk into church raring to go."

    This book can be used by individuals or a group. Questions are provided at the beginning of each chapter and a "ponder and apply" section at each chapter's end. He also has suggestions for pastors and worship leaders at the end of each chapter.

    I've read lots of books on worship (for a class I taught a few years ago). None were as practical as this one. Every Christian should read at least one book on worship. Read this one first. You'll want your worship to be like that in heaven!

    I received an egally from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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