5 Ways to Honor Work in Church Services

| March 5, 2015

Worship is more than singing songs and saying prayers. It’s more than tithing and taking communion. Indeed, John Piper says, “Romans 12:1-2 portrays all of life as worship,” and Don Carson defines worship as “the proper response” of human beings to God, ascribing all honor and worth to him, “precisely because he is worthy, and delightfully so.”

Worship, therefore, is a posture of the heart that we carry with us throughout the week—even to work. Carson continues:

Christians work not only as God’s creatures in God’s creation, but as redeemed men and women offering their time, their energy, their work, their whole lives, to God—loving him with heart and mind and strength, understanding that whatever we do, we are to do to the glory of God.

For churches, the question is not just, What is worship?, but also, What kinds of worship should we experience and model when we gather together? Shying away from offering any particular rules, Carson casts a high vision for corporate worship: “Work for a massive display of the glory of God and character and attributes of God.” 

That display is not massive, but miniscule, when we limit it to include only work that contributes…

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