If you would like to worship as the apostles did, this book is for you. It was dynamic in its simplicity.
Do you take for granted that the founders of major Christian denominations would approve of the way your denomination worships today? Find numerous quotes from them at the beginning of each chapter on various forms of worship we engage in.
Do you take for granted that second-century apostolic fathers worshiped the same way your congregation worships today? You will find at the end of each chapter quotations from these early Christian leaders in the 2nd and 3rd centuries about what they approved of and did not approve of in Christian worship.
Do you take for granted that the way your congregation worshiped is pretty much the same as Christian worship has been since Jesus’ apostles began the church? Numerous scriptures are quoted throughout each chapter in order to help the reader know what God wants in worship to him.
Yes, we are worshiping God, not ourselves. Cain’s sin was that he worshiped to please himself. Are we a Cain or an Abel? In this book, every form of Christian worship common today is reviewed. Is your worship unbalanced with so much of one thing that it chokes out other ways that please God?
This book ends with an appeal that is applicable also to the other book in this two-book series: Can the denominational world unite? Pagan religions and atheism are trying to take hold around the globe and to choke out Christianity. Divided we fall. United we stand. Let us go forward! Back to the first century. (See reviews below.)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Dare-to-Care Worship
- The Baffling Bible
- Play-By-Play Prayer
- Those Boring Announcements
- Last Supper or Lost Supper
- Unexploited Givers
- Spirituality or Religious Fix
- Music and the Mask
- Baptism: What In the World For?
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* * * * * JEWEL TAYLOR. Great Read.
* * * * JUSTIN SPEER. K.C. Haddad’s book “Worship the First Century Way” is well timed in the context of significant confusion within the Christian religion. Confusion of focus and practice have crept into the assembly, and Haddad works to “uncover the mask” of the motives at play. Even an outside observer can see that the religious confusion has led to much unnecessary division throughout the centuries. The author points out that this friction has led many to question the relevance of worship and Christianity in their lives. Elaborating on what the inspired Word of God presents concerning Christian worship, Mrs Haddad weaves this into a story that gently corrects religious worship practices that have no basis in the traditions handed down from Christ to the apostles to us in the Bible. Many may be surprised to learn that worship practices that they assumed had always been in place are actually quite recent in their invention (and often contradict what was authorized by the Bible). She also goes well beyond the perfunctory elements of worship to explore the reasons and, perhaps more importantly, the foundation of such practice in the Bible. Mrs. Haddad also provides historical accounts of how second generation Christians worshipped, providing yet another template for us to examine since many of these individuals literally walked with the men and women who walked with Jesus (including the apostles).
Mrs Haddad’s book drives home why we go to church, but also stresses that Christianity isn’t an inactive, passive state of being. She rightly points out that our neighbors view Christianity as boring. They see Christians 1. Going to a building; 2. Listening, 3. Talking, 4. Going home. If this is all Christians do, then it is boring. Her work incorporates very practical, loving ideas to promote a more intimate relationship with neighbors in the community, with Christians in fellowship and with God. This is perhaps the greatest contribution the author makes in exploring this important, relevant subject.
I encourage Christians of all maturities to take the time to read this book
* * * * * AMAZON CUSTOMER. The most important thing I learned from this book is the difference in reforming the church and restoring the church. The Reformation period was an effort to reform the Catholic church, what they should have been striving for restoring the First Century church.
I also learned that many people leave the church out of loneliness. After reading this I will make a greater effort to make contact with visitors and members outside of my circle of friends.
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