(DID I JUST SAY LAW?)
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9
I know this doesn't sound really appetizing but hey, neither are instruction manuals fun to read! ...but they make something work, right?!
I originally did this study years ago when we went through a significant shift in our church with regards to how we would worship God in our corporate settings. People who had been doing the same thing for generations were asking hard questions as to why we were changing things. Why was change was so important? I could, as the worship pastor, have given pat answers that came from my convictions but in all honesty, I had to face the fact that the foundations for what I believed in were possibly based on the traditions I was raised in.
I needed to be able to give our congregation respectful answers; answers based on truth. I needed to know what God wanted.
"We seem to have determined that church is all about us when God - the Divine Customer -
has this incredible idea that church is all about Him."
- Tommy Tenney, God's Eye View
And this is what I found. Enjoy the manual...
If you are still reading at this point, either you don't get out enough or you are really searching for God's heart. I hope you've found it! I am praying for you...
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.