Old, Mohler, Clowney, Godfrey, Horton, and others write on the Bible and worship, elements of worship, preparing for worship, and worship, history and culture. "This book", Phil Ryken writes in the introduction, "is for everyone who loves to worship God." “The list of fine scholars who have contributed to this volume is tribute itself to the astonishing influence of Dr. Boice and the high regard in which he was held by the Reformed community throughout the world. The volume is not only a fitting memorial to Dr. Boice, however, it also makes a significant contribution to our understanding to Christian worship." —The Rev Professor A.T.B. McGowan Highland Theological College, Scotland "A Reformed view of the various nuances of worship – its place in the Bible, the elements which give it legitimacy, the personal and affective aspects of worshipping God, as well as its place in the history of the church – has been lacking in the literature. . . It is fitting tribute to the legacy of Jim Boice, and a timely call to the people of God everywhere." —Rev. Dr. Iain D. Campbell Minister, Free Church of Scotland, Back, Isle of Lewis, Scotland
This book is a very well-written and thoughtful examination of the various aspects of worship, written from a Reformed perspective. Before you begin, it's important to know that this book does not define "worship" narrowly to mean "the singing time of the service," but the entire Lord's day service. Each chapter touches on a different topic, beginning with the very foundational question: Does God care how we worship? There are a couple of chapters that answer this question (which the authors answer "yes" as they outline the regulative principle of worship). Then subsequent chapters discuss expository preaching, hymnody, the Lord's supper, baptism, public prayer, etc. It is very thorough and scholarly, yet readable. If you are wanting to learn about how to design a worship service that will entertain people or draw crowds, don't bother with this one. (Actually, maybe you need to read this more than anyone else!) If you want to learn biblical principles for how to design a worship service after God's own design - one that truly honors and pleases Him, get this book. I am making it a gift to the pastoral staff of my church.