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Publication Date: 2008
Nothing is more essential than knowing how to worship the God who created us. This book focuses readers on the essentials of God-honoring worship, combining biblical foundations with practical application in a way that works in the real world. The author, a pastor and noted songwriter, skillfully instructs pastors, musicians, and church leaders so that they can root their congregational worship in unchanging scriptural principles, not divisive cultural trends. Bob Kauflin covers a variety of topics such as the devastating effects of worshiping the wrong things, how to base our worship on God's self-revelation rather than our assumptions, the fuel of worship, the community of worship, and the ways that eternity's worship should affect our earthly worship.
Appropriate for Christians from varied backgrounds and for various denominations, this book will bring a vital perspective to what readers think they understand about praising God.
Bob Kauflin is a pastor, songwriter, worship leader, and author with over thirty-five years experience. After pastoring for 12 years, he became director of Sovereign Grace Music in 1997. He oversees the production of their albums and teaches on congregational worship through WorshipGod conferences, seminars, and his blog, worshipmatters.com. He is currently an elder at Sovereign Grace Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He and his wife, Julie, have six children and an ever-growing number of grandchildren.
This book contains the practical elements of the responsibilities of a worship leader and explores the biblical principles of that role as well. The opening chapters deal with the heart issues of the worship leader. What are the things that the leader loves, believes, practices, and models? Kauflin then defines the faithful worship leader as one who ...magnifies the greatness of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit by skillfully combining Gods Word with music, thereby motivating the gathered church to proclaim the gospel, to cherish Gods presence, and to live for Gods glory (p. 55). He then unpacks this definition, giving us a strong biblical backbone to the role and calling of a worship leader.
Kauflin brings some fresh and thought-provoking perspectives to subjects that are often debated in our churches today in a section called, Healthy Tensions. He asks, Is worship vertical or horizontal? Planned or spontaneous? Rooted or relevant? For the church or unbelievers?" His discussions are balanced and biblical.
The final part of the book looks at the importance of right relationships within your church, worship team, and pastoral staff. And for pastors, a helpful look at what to look for when searching for a worship leader for your church body.
Kauflin writes in an engaging style that makes this a smooth read. He uses anecdotes drawn from his 20-plus years of ministry to illustrate his points. He always draws the readers attention to the Scriptures as the only foundation for a solid, effective worship ministry that has eternal significance.
I loved this book and am recommending it to all those serving with me in our worship ministry. And although this book is geared toward leadership, it would be a valuable tool in the hands of anyone wanting to understand the biblical philosophy of worship and the role of music in our lives. -- Pastor Danny Bonsell, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Steve Logan5 Stars Out Of 5Worship MattersDecember 22, 2017Steve LoganQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Very helpful book which teaches and informs regarding the purpose of worship and how we are to worship The Lord. Would recommend to others.
Rian5 Stars Out Of 5Worship MattersMarch 31, 2016RianQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This book taught me a lot of lessons about how I lead the worship team and as a worshipper. I am on the first chapters and enjoying and learning every bit of it.
Jerry5 Stars Out Of 5November 15, 2012JerryWOW!!!!! Every pastor, worship leader and Christian can benefit from this book. Insightful and most certainly a revelation of what true worship is all about...better said: Who true worship is all about. I would say the best book I have read on worship...5 stars is not enough!
Lady DiElkton, MDAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A must read for any worship leader.January 6, 2012Lady DiElkton, MDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the third copy of Worship Matters I have purchased. It's so good I had to give some copies away. I believe every worship leader, worship team member, and Pastor should read this. I am re-reading it now!
DoranYakima, WAAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Definitely the book I was looking forJanuary 5, 2011DoranYakima, WAAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've been in ministry for over 12 years and this book does a great job describing the role of a Worship Leader. I value the emphases right at the start on how important it is for the Worship Leader to have their heart in the right place before even attempting to lead others. The spiritual attention as well as the practical insight is very helpful. Will definitely return to the book often for follow-up study.
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