The service ends. The conversation on the way home turns to evaluation: you liked the music, or you didn’t. The sermon was good, or it wasn’t.
In the meantime the scripture tells us that God is going to and fro throughout the earth looking for those who have a perfect heart…those that worship in spirit and truth.
Who is this God? What is he like?
What does it mean to have been created in his image?
How can we know whether or not our acts of worship are accepted or rejected? How does God respond to acceptable and unacceptable worship?
What does the Bible have to say about music and its use in the church and the life of the believer? Is there a right or wrong choice?
How do we distinguish between those issues in worship that are theological and those that are cultural?
These questions and more will be addressed in Biblical Perspectives on Worship: A Seminar on Worship and Culture.
$20 per person (includes Saturday lunch)
Friday, October 16
6:45-7:30 pm The Image of God – Practical Foundations
7:45-8:30 pm Created in the Image of God – Biblical Foundations
Saturday, October 17
10:30-11:20 am Conforming God to Our Image – Examples of Unacceptable Worship
11:30-12:20 pm Being Conformed to His Image – Examples of Acceptable Worship
12:30-1:20 pm Lunch hosted at Noelridge Parch Church
1:30-2:20 pm The Image of Worship Renewed
2:30-3:20 pm The Transformed Image of Worship
John (Benham) is founder of Music in World Cultures, Inc. (MIWC), an organization he established to assist missionaries with work as an ethnomusicologist, producing indigenous songbooks and music literacy programs for pre-literate peoples in Third World countries. Since its initial formation, MIWC has expanded its ministry to include the use of music in worship, discipleship and evangelism in a variety of international settings in over 20 countries.
His experience includes over 30 years as a music educator in both the public and private educational institutions from grade school through the university levels. He has also served as Minister of Music and Worship in churches of various sizes since first working as a “preacher’s kid” with his own parents.
His seminar Biblical Perspectives of Worship: A Seminar on Worship and Culture is a part of the curriculum at Liberty University where he served full time as Coordinator of the M.A. in Ethnomusicology (music in missions); and continues to serve part-time as adjunct faculty.
The information presented in this seminar will provide you with a biblical foundation in worship that will enable you distinguish between issues of worship that are theological and those that are cultural, assisting in the development of true worship in a variety of cultural settings.