"The foundation of Christian worship is Christ Himself, as One Who is both the Divine Word [REVELATION] and man's perfect RESPONSE to that Word. If we make it our endeavor, as we think of the different aspects of worship, to RECOGNIZE His work, we shall find the essence of worship, as well as the true concern of the different tradition, and also the unity which these differences obscure."
It's hard to wade through because it's the thesis of an entire book, so let's break it down:
1.) Proper worship happens when a creature responds appropriately to his or her Creator. God is always revealing Himself to His creation, and when we respond to Him in a way that shows we are surrendered to His will in our lives, we are worshipping appropriately. Which is to say, we are valuing Him and not ourselves or our fellow creatures. We set aside time on Sunday mornings to do this as a body, but we should always be worshipping (Romans 12:1).
2.) Christ is the ultimate revelation of God. Philippians 2, Colossians 1, Hebrews 1, and pretty much every other chapter of the entire Bible emphatically claims this to be true.
3.) Christ is also the perfect responder to God. Jesus says in John 5, "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does." Jesus responds to revelation like a pro. That guy is a worshipping machine.
4.) Therefore, Christ is the ultimate worshipper, and as such, he is both the object of our worship and our example of what worship of Him should look like.
5.) Nichols then confidently asserts that if we study how Christ worshipped, we will find that all of the things which divide the church in worship will begin to fade. All are united in Christ. I agree with his assessment wholeheartedly.
So why different services? The gospel is the good news, but there's also bad news. The bad news is, we're not perfect. The good news is, we are being perfected by the Holy Spirit's transforming work in our lives. One of the key elements of pastoring is meeting people where they are. Where they are right now is ALL OVER THE PLACE. Equally important is loving them enough not to leave them there.
Not that we'll eventually get all of those "charis-maniacs" in the rock n' roll room down the hall over to the sacred sanctuary, or finally thaw the "frozen chosen" folks and bring them over to Seabrook Hall where the spirit moves. We can't even get the people within those individual rooms to agree on much. But in the Kingdom of God, those things don't even matter at all. They are so small compared to the glorious riches of Christ's presence in and among us. Worship styles are not Biblical because they're not even a big enough deal to make it into the Bible.
My prayer is that one day the church will be pleased to worship together without division of any kind, least of all, "style." But since we're not there yet, let's turn our eyes upon Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, and He'll get us there together and in one piece someday. May our great triune God, Three-in-One perfectly united, make us more truly in His image even this day as we worship Him in spirit and in truth.