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Let's cut right to the chase. I'd like to begin a conversation about corporate worship and I hope it will be very provocative. I will submit for your review two foundational principles of Christian corporate worship and then offer a few fundamental elements which spring from these. Feel free to accept, amend or reject these thoughts. I want to lay a good foundation for what's next.
Foundational Principle #1 - Revelation and Response
Worship is first and foremost the creature's response to his Creator.
Foundational Principle #2 - Corporate Celebration
Corporate worship is a communal activity that celebrates God's character and gracious acts toward mankind.
Fundamental Element #1 - Theological Accuracy
Worship must remain faithful to Scriptural revelation and must not be vague or misleading
Fundamental Element #2 - Proper Sentiment
Worship ought to be engaged by one's whole self: heart, soul, mind, and strength in Spirit and in Truth
Fundamental Element #3 - Transcendent Relevance
Corporate worship must be universal enough to be accessible to all worshipers from every tribe and time.
Fundamental Element #4 - Creative Excellence
Corporate worship of the Creator by creative beings must reflect an attitude of the first fruits.
Have I left anything out? Did I say something heretical or silly? What do you think?