Worship is so much more than what is sung or played in church on Sunday morning. John MacArthur takes you step by step in a discovery of who and how to worship. From the existence of God and His attributes, to instruction on the right and wrong ways to worship God, MacArthur never strays from teaching and explaining what the Bible says. This book makes it Biblically clear that worship is all about how we prioritize and live our daily lives to honor and glorify God. Make worship your ultimate priority!
- In Depth Study Of Worship
Worship by John MacArthur is a reasonably comprehensive study of worship and its place in the believer’s life. The essence of the book is that worship to God should be meaningful not some religious tradition to be completed. Also worship is not just singing songs or playing music but the attitude of the believer to do everything they do to God’s glory.
The early chapters focus on who God is such as His sovereignty and power, which lead to the conclusion that He is worthy to be worshipped. Also emphasis is placed on worshipping God with spirit and truth not simply based in man-made traditions.
In today’s church there are many different forms of worship and the very interesting last chapter focused on how worship has changed over the last 200 years. Although I didn’t agree with some of the insinuations leading toward hymns being the best form of worship, it was quite a balanced overview of how it has changed both for better and worse.
The narration was quite good and flowed along nicely. I don’t remember being distracted by the way the narrator was reading, which means it must have been quite well read.
This book is a fine insight into what worshipping God means and it should be considered a useful resource on worship especially for those individuals lead by God to lead worship corporately.
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- Comprehensive and inspiring
This is the best, most biblically-based book on worship I have come across. Its one short-coming is its unnecessarily long length.
John MacArthur does an excellent—and very thorough—job of expositing a biblical view of worship. Calling into question all our pre-concieved notions of what acceptable worship of a holy God looks like, he touches on everything from worship throughout the biblical narrative to worship styles over the last 200 years.
I particularly liked the chapters dealing with Jesus’ words in John 4 about true worshippers worshipping in spirit and in truth. Those words have such depth, and MacArthur gives them the time and attention they deserve; devoting a huge chunk of the book to it.
Speaking of huge chunks of book, MacArthur spends a lot of time expounding on the various attributes of God (His holiness, His omnipresence, etc). While this section is, like the rest of the book, very well-written, it seems only loosely connected to the overall subject and makes the book unnecessarily long.
One final praise: the narration is very well done. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to take their worship of God more seriously.
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- Consistent Encouragement for Worship
I recently finished my second book by John Macarthur. The first one was Slave, which was published recently, whereas the second was Worship: The Ultimate Priority, first published in 1983. Its quite interesting to read these books close together, because although they were written nearly 30 years apart, they demonstrate strong consistency in the way Macarthur discusses the importance of worship.
The title of Macarthur's book gives away the point, but its specific emphasis is summed up well in this quote: "Real worship therefore should be the full-time, nonstop activity of every believer, and the aim of the exercise ought to be to please God, not merely entertain the worshiper." Macarthur's message contrasts strongly with popular North American Christianity's common tendency to promote the question: "Did I get anything out of it?" Of course, this was never supposed to be the Christian life.
I received this book as part of the Christianaudio.com reviewers' program, which does give away books in exchange for reviews, but I am not required to give a positive review. Having said that, I highly recommend this book. The narrator is terrific, the length is perfect (about 8 hours), and the content is perfect for the audio format: enough Scriptural meat to chew on, but sprinkled lightly with enough stories to keep you engaged.
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- Yes, our hearts are idol factories
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For He is our God,
and we are the people of His pasture,
and the sheep of His hand.
Today, if you hear His voice,
Psalm 95:6-7 http://www.esvapi.org/assets/play.swf?myUrl=hw%2F19095006-19095007(ESV)
If your desire is to listen to His voice; He knows us, and we get to follow Him. He gives us eternal life, and we shall never perish; as no one can snatch us out of His hand. John MacArthur reminds us in the newly revised edition of classic work that Worship is the ultimate priority.
I remember my first Shepherds Conference and the sessions on Worship. I was again struck with this audiobook of the great disciple of Christ that continues to be an evidence of God’s grace through John’s investment in the Body of Christ. The two new chapters and the revisions in the foundational work are truly saturated as always, in scripture. The Bible is the final authority of this work. John guides us into understanding God’s perspective on the spectrum of our current ‘worship services’ to a Pink-like attributes of God systematic theology.
The audiobook was very interesting to me as it challenged me, inspired me, and enlightened me on how selfish I am in my interactions with God. John has continued for fifteen years of my walk to exhort me to meditate and focus my life on the Living Word of God. John keeps me focused on God and Scripture and the narrator’s voice was an excellent compliment to this work. The book was obviously presented in John’s classic style of cohesiveness and appealing manner while not compromising solid Biblical Truth. I would recommend this book for general audiences of all kinds, as most of it is Scripture – timeless and multi-generational.
Of course, this review was not possible without the generous investment in me by the christianaudio Reviewers Program. Thank you.
- An easy to understand Biblical view of Worship that challenges much of the current Christian cultural understanding of worship
Although John Macarthur has his short-comings, his ability to draw out the truth from the Bible is one of his strongest gifts, and this book is certainly a great example of that.
This book will challenge the currently accepted pervasive cultural understanding of Christian worship with sound Biblical insights from the Old and New Testament. Some may be offended by this, my suggestion is to let the word of God speak to you through the Spirit to prayfully determine the truth, rather than relying on current practices, Church tradition, or emotional highs.
This book will help you to see and understand the purpose for which God has created you, show that worship is a lifestyle not an event, and uncovers common forms of worship that may not be acceptable to God.
Although there are some things in this book that I think are pressing the envelope a little I would recommend it to anyone who calls themself a Christian, it would also make a great teaching/preaching series or a Small-group study guide.
I actually listened to the Audiobook version of this book from christianaudio.com, I found the audio easy to listen to, the narrator was clear and the pace was just about right.
- Solid Biblical Defense of Worship, That I Struggled WIth
I struggled with this book. I respect Dr. MacArthur for his ministry and faithfulness to the word of God. This was my first MacArthur book, I came with excited expectations. MacArthur in this book lays a careful, thorough Biblical, case for worship. There were several sections in this portion that challenged me to recognize how holy the God I serve is. MacArthur pushed me to reconsider how I approach the throne of God.
It was during that challenge though that this book tipped for me. It was the tone of the book that really started to frustrate me. Initially, I tried to blame the narrator, but found I was actually quite pleased with Arthur Morey's narration. What bugged me, was the verbiage. MacArthur to some degree strives to be so balanced he borders on contradicting himself. But as I watched his language he used strong language that bugged me. I felt at times as if I had to come to God in certain ways for God to accept me. David's Psalms often seem like David prays his heart, even if his heart is not in the right place.
Overall, this book did drag in the middle some, but it is a solid Biblical defense of the place of worship in the church. I'm willing to accept my struggles may be due to personal sensitivities. I was challenged and encouraged by the book, and I found it also to be a good talking point among friends to foster an educated, Biblical discussion of worship and the church.
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- Recommended Reading for All Worshipers
This was my first experience with Macarthur in book form; I've read his other works from his website, Grace To You, and always enjoyed them. As a first exposure, I found this a wonderful introduction to Macarthur's writing and interested me in his other works.
Macarthur identifies issues facing worship that are timeless and relevant. I did not find any of the content outdated, despite the original being written in nearly 30 years ago. This is to his credit, as he clearly kept close to Scripture as the basis for his arguments.
There was a time in the middle of the book where the flow seemed to dry up a little and I had difficulty connecting what he was writing to the overall message of the book, but it was still enjoyable and interesting. Towards the 3/4 mark through the end, I found myself wanting to pause and write down many of the statements he made as they were definitely ones to remember and meditate on.
As a narrator, Arthur Morey is one of my favorites. He can, at times, read a little too slow for my liking. However, his voice is genuine, his reading is easy to listen to, and he takes the burden out of following the author's flow of thought.
Overall, I believe this is an excellent book on Worship that every Christian worshiper ought to read. It helped me to examine my own heart, prepare more honestly and purely, set my heart and mind on the true God, and worship with greater fullness and love. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone in the church.
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- Something My Generation Needs to Hear
Worship: The Ultimate Priority by John MacArthur has been in print the longest of any of his books. I’ve enjoyed his radio program, his Study Bible, and many of his books. Countless numbers of my generation have benefited from his ministry either directly or indirectly through other’s who’ve learned and passed on many of his insights. Since he’s from an older generation than I am, I find that I disagree with him on some matters of taste, but even where I disagree with him I find his opinion worth considering.
His book on worship is not about matters of traditionalism vs. contemporaneity. He does address that towards the end, but he focuses more on the object of our worship (God) and how we should approach Him. Most people equate music (or even a specific music style) with worship, but MacArthur aims for a biblical view. True worship is, as Jesus says in John 4, done “in spirit and in truth.” His emphasis is largely on the latter, which is a good antidote to the emotional emphasis we often get in more contemporary congregations. We can’t really worship what we don’t really know.
MacArthur sounds very traditional, but that is what I would expect of someone of his age and experience. But I need to hear what he has to say. When he finally does discuss hymns, praise choruses, and the like, he is fair and pleads his case not for traditional music, but for biblically-informed music. The appendix alone is something I’d like to share with everyone on our church’s music team.
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- Comprehensive Study
Whilst I enjoyed aspects of this audiobook, there were parts that I found quite dull. This is a comprehensive study on the subject and it is done very well, going from old testament to new testament to contemporary worship. John MacArthur is clearly passionate about this subject which comes across a lot during this book. I really enjoyed the preface as it spoke about the how worship isn't just about singing songs in a certain place on a certain day, but its all about the attitude of your heart in relation to God and one another. I did find he laboured a few points too much which lost my attention on more than one occasion. I also enjoyed hearing about the way song writing in the church has changed over the last hundred and twenty or so years. I really enjoyed Arthur Morey's narration as his voice and nuances seem perfect for this type of audio. I would recommend this audio for listeners who are dedicated to worshipping God and want to get a deeper insight into the biblical background of it. Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewers Program for this free copy.