True Worshipers: Seeking What Matters to God

Josh Philpot | October 21, 2015

Is it possible to talk about worship in evangelical circles without talking about music? Probably not, since the first thing that comes to our minds when we hear the words “worship” or “worship service” is usually music—which also conjures up all sorts of negative or positive connotations and a whole church-culture war.

Yet this is a question we should seek to answer wisely, which is what veteran songwriter Bob Kauflin hopes to do with his new book, True Worshipers: Seeking What Matters to God. The book is a follow-up to his excellent Worship Matters (Crossway, 2008) [review], which was written primarily for worship leaders. In this new work, the musician seeks to dispel the notion that worship primarily has to do with music.

The final destiny for Christians, Kauflin observes, is a grand worship service where God’s servants “will worship him” before the throne (Rev. 22:3). Since the culmination of redemptive history is heavenly worship, he asks, “What does [worship] mean for us now? Does it make any difference? What does it even mean to be a worshiper of God?” (24). These questions form the central concern of True Worshipers.

Considering True Worship

After defining what a true worshiper is from John 4, Kauflin spends several chapters considering what a true…

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