Combining biblical foundations with real-world application, Kauflin guides worship leaders and pastors to root their corporate worship in unchanging scriptural principles rather than divisive trends.
Combining biblical foundations with real-world application, a pastor and professional songwriter guides worship leaders and pastors to root their corporate worship in unchanging scriptural principles rather than divisive trends.
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 traveled with the Christian group GLAD for eight years as a songwriter and arranger before becoming a pastor with Sovereign Grace Ministries in 1985. He is now the director of worship development for Sovereign Grace, overseeing its music projects and teaching on congregational worship. He blogs at worshipmatters.com and hosts the biennial WorshipGod conference. He and his wife, Julie, have six children and an ever-growing number of grandchildren.
Bob loves God, values theology, and cares about people. This mix is found throughout this wonderful and helpful book. Worship Matters will inspire you as a worshiper and spur you on as a leader of worship.
—Matt Redman, Recording Artist, Song-writer, Worship Leader, Brighton, UK
Bob Kauflin is teaching a new generation to take corporate worship seriously in a fashion that is simultaneously biblically faithful and addressing today's culture.
—D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
This book is thoroughly biblical, comprehensive, balanced, clear, and engaging. Worship leaders must read it, and it will be a great help to anyone interested in finding out what biblical worship is about and how to worship from the heart.
—John M. Frame, J. D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando
Bob's approach is humble, yet authoritative; comprehensive, yet inspirational. And if you take his gentle but clear teaching onboard, it will help make you fully equipped in mind, heart, and spirit to lead others in worship. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
—Stuart Townend, Christian Song-writer
An outstanding book both for those who lead worship and also for every Christian who wants to worship God more fully. The book is biblical, practical, interesting, wise, and thorough in its treatment of the topic. The next time I teach on worship, I plan to make this the required text.
—Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Bible and Theology, Phoenix Seminary, Phoenix, Arizona
Humility. Self-deprecating humor. Practical wisdom. And not just for music leaders. What a refreshing read! I've gained from Bob Kauflin, and if you read this, you will too.
—Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC; President, 9Marks
Bob is a pastor, a teacher, and a skilled musician. And this book captures his heart, his zealous pursuit of God, and his many years of real-life experience leading worship. That's why his book deserves the careful study of pastors and worship leaders alike.
—Joshua Harris, Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland
As a Pastor and a musician, Bob Kauflin combines both perspectives in a biblically wise and practical guide to planning and leading corporate musical worship. Starting with an examination of what a Godly leader’s character should be, he then goes on to outline the task at hand for those involved in leading corporate worship - his definition and subsequent expansion of the role of a worship leader is superb, and a real positive challenge. He then goes on to explore the healthy tensions that should be maintained e.g. head and heart, planned and spontaneous, before concluding with a section focussed on right relationships. Anyone involved in planning and leading corporate worship in any church context (regardless of whether they are a musician or not) would find many helpful thoughts in this book. There is much that is applicable beyond music alone – indeed the practical musical advice comprises a relatively short proportion of the content. It challenged me to examine my own heart, and to take more seriously the task of leading in my own church. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and would encourage all Pastors and leaders of worship to read it.
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