Resources on Worship

Sep 6, 2015

Your Church's Music is a Language by Daniel Ross

Paul meets them where they are. The music in your church has the same effect.

Jun 7, 2016

Your Church Needs You To Sing by Stephen Miller

Contrary to popular sentimentalism, we are not singing for “an audience of one.” While we do sing to worship our Savior, we also sing to rehearse the truth of the Gospel together and be sanctified by it.

Apr 2, 2018

Your Church Music Might Be Incomplete by David Appelt

Singing at church should be passionate but never devoid of Biblical truth and teaching.

Dec 2, 2016

You Need to Explain What You Do on Sunday Mornings by Joe Thorn

With people coming from different Christian traditions, or no Christian background at all, we believe it's important to explain why we do what we do on the Lord's Day.

Aug 2, 2015

Worship Style Isn't Always Neutral by Staff

You can't just go pick some popular cultural form and insert the Gospel message and think you have thereby come up with relevant worship.

Mar 2, 2016

Worship Leader, Get Over Yourself by Stephen Miller

“I worship God best when I’m singing on the stage.”

Feb 17, 2016

Worship in a Selfie World by Stephen Miller

"One of the most intense times of worship I have ever experienced.” This caption came across my Instagram notifications a few weeks back. I never would have expected a picture of a young man standing in front of a mirror in his bathroom with a bewildered smirk on his face.

Sep 13, 2015

Worship as 'Play' by Staff

The cumulative effect of the gospel is affectionate worship of the one true God. The grand design of gospel proclamation, then, is gospel enthrallment, gospel enjoyment.

Aug 11, 2017

Worship as a Feast by Dustin Rouse

We want to set a table that entices our people to sit down and dig in.

Aug 22, 2019

Worship Already in Progress by Mike Brooks

What’s it like to hear the whole world sing your praise? Only God knows. Be awed by the fact that He does.

Sep 23, 2015

Work and Worship by Michael Kelley

If Adam had a business card, it would have read “Gardener.” Nothing exciting there. And yet the words God used to describe his job are anything but ordinary.

Jun 1, 2015

Why We Sing by Courtney Reissig

We sing because we love God, not because we are the next Whitney Houston. Making a joyful noise is more about the One who makes us joyful than the squeaky noise coming from our vocal chords.

Mar 30, 2016

Why Posture Matters in Worship by Stephen Miller

Our body naturally acts the way our hearts feel.

Jan 18, 2016

What the Preacher Thinks of the Worship Leader by Zach Barnhart

I took my seat as the service started, going through the mental checklist, making sure I prepared. Then my worship leader began the song, “God is Able" . . .

Apr 27, 2015

What Should My Church Sing?

Part 1: He Will Hold Me Fast

We want to encourage churches to sing songs that are theologically rich and coherent, gospel-centered, hope-instilling, and singable. Far too often we don’t know where to look for these songs. “What Should My Church Sing?” is a series of posts that will aim to grow your churches hymnody by pointing you to songs that we think your church should sing.

May 20, 2015

What Should My Church Sing?

Part 2: Not In Me

The songs we sing in gathered worship should present an antidote to our pharisaical hearts. We need to sing songs that help us enter into the rest of Christ’s finished work.

Apr 26, 2015

We Need More Worship Wars, Not Fewer by Staff

Self-denying humility ought to show up in the way we worship together.

Dec 28, 2017

Welcoming God Into the Worship Gathering by Mike Leake

Why in the world would we tell the One who owns the place that He’s welcome there?

Aug 31, 2016

Turning Your Spectators Into Worshipers by Josh Starkey

Do everything out of love for the congregation that gathers as your local church, and enable them to sing and worship and see Christ clearly together. 

Apr 26, 2019

The Worship Leader and Anxiety by Brent Dyer

I believe isolation is the enemy’s number one tool to take down worship pastors.

May 8, 2015

The Value of Responsive Readings in Worship by Jim Fowler

Responsive readings not only assist in the reading and praying of Scripture, but also are of value in that they are biblical, historical, participatory, and instructional for the life of the church. 

Jun 18, 2019

The Test of True Worship by H.B. Charles, Jr.

The Bible teaches three facts of life: God is good. God is all-powerful. Terrible things happen.

Oct 6, 2015

The Right Kind of Worship War by Sam Parkison

There is a right kind of worship war, a kind that every Christian -- and particularly, those who are leaders in the church -- should be engaging in on a daily basis.

Jul 9, 2015

The Proper Feeding of the Christian Soul by Dustin Rouse

A lot of worship diets are like "Oreos for breakfast."

Jun 7, 2015

The Power of Music by Caleb Brasher

So when you sing on Sunday, make sure you are raising your hands and heart because of the words that you are singing and not simply because of the emotions that you are feeling.

Dec 2, 2015

The Modern Worship Wars by Stephen Miller

At first glance, the worship wars that once plagued the church seem to have died down. So it might be easy to chalk it all up to a problem from a bygone era. Until we walk out of a church service that didn’t meet our own standards. We have become professional critics of corporate worship.

Aug 7, 2015

The Importance of Corporate Confession by Sam Parkison

If Luther was right that "all of life is repentance," then a non-repenter is a non-believer.

Nov 4, 2017

The Church's Worship

The Mission and Majesty of the Church | FTC Ames

Series: 2017 For The Church Ames Micro-Conference

Dr. Jeff Dodges' message on "The Church's Worship" delivered at the 2017 For The Church Micro-Conference at Ames, Iowa.

Nov 10, 2015

The Beauty of Congregational Worship by Matt Capps

I know that the men and women around me are singing to God while they are struggling in their marriages, fighting cancer, and feeling the uncertainty of job loss. I have come to realize that worship isn’t just something we do; it does something to us.

May 18, 2017

The 4 Biblical Marks of Corporate Worship by Jason K. Allen

Our attempts to improve Christian worship may, in fact, distract from it. Often, less actually is more. There can be a beauty in simplicity.

May 7, 2015

Stating the Obvious in Worship by Dustin Rouse

When we worship in song, we are recognizing what is already true about God. We are saying: Look at our God, behold our Savior - He is worthy of our praise! We don’t make God glorious with our praise; rather, we praise Him because He is glorious.

Feb 8, 2017

Song Requests and Gospel Rest by Daniel Ross

Ultimately, God’s glory in your selections should be more important than making someone happy

Apr 4, 2017

Soli Deo Gloria by Travis Montgomery

For all His love for humanity, God did not ultimately preserve a nation for the sake of sheer benevolence. He did so for His glory.

Dec 12, 2019

Sing Your Heart Out at Church (Even If You Hate the Music) by Brett McCracken

Putting aside preferences and embracing common, unified, God-centered worship is part of what it means to follow Jesus together.

Apr 24, 2015

Sing Like Men by Griffin Gulledge

Christ died to redeem men and women from every tongue, tribe, people, and nation. When those men and women gather together, we ought to sing as only redeemed men and women can.

Jul 31, 2015

Since God Has Spoken, Let's Listen by J.T. English

One of the great dangers in doing theology is the desire to do all the talking.

Aug 30, 2017

Shepherd the Room by Dustin Rouse

Sometimes shepherding the room is simply getting out of the way so that the real Shepherd can do His work.

Mar 23, 2017

Scripture in Songwriting by Daniel Ross

Writing music for your people is a challenge - it is a heavy responsibility to put words and thoughts about God into people’s hearts and minds.

Sep 6, 2017

Rethinking the Worship Team by Daniel Ross

Ultimately, glorifying God through our songs should be our highest priority.

May 4, 2017

Remember the Sabbath: Part 2 by Mike Ayers

When we “sabbath,” we do as God did. This is the essence of godliness.

Jan 27, 2017

Redeeming 'Whatever' (Part 2) by Dave Harvey

When we ponder the right things, we proceed in the right direction. 

Jan 13, 2017

Redeeming 'Whatever' (Part 1) by Dave Harvey

How does God reach us when our heart staggers mindlessly into the gray dusk of ‘whatever’? 

Jul 19, 2015

Rebellion and Worship by Nick Jones

The time had come for God’s justice to be laid out on the Amalekites, and King Saul was to be the mediator. But, as often is the case, a simple command gets transfigured into something more palatable between the hearing and the doing.

Jul 8, 2015

Our Worship Has a Reason by Sam Parkison

When we are focusing on the grandeur of God’s actual glory, we are freed from superficial stimulation of our emotions. This is actually how we safeguard authenticity in our worship.

May 31, 2016

Our Aim in a Worship Service | Part One by Daniel Renstrom

In the midst of planning songs, prayers, and moment of exhortation - what are we really trying to accomplish in a worship service? 

Oct 10, 2018

On Earth as It Is in Heaven

A Biblical Theology of Worship

God is too great and good and glorious to forego the right, fitting, and delightful adoration that is due him from his creatures. 

Aug 4, 2016

On Consumeristic Worship by Dustin Rouse

Culture is relentless in leading us to believe that all of life exists with ourselves at the center. When it comes to worshiping God, preference gives way to His worth and we are to strive for unity within the Body.

Jan 19, 2018

Keith Getty on Mistakes Worship Leaders Make by Staff

What are some common mistakes worship leaders make?

Apr 3, 2018

Keith Getty on His Favorite Worship Song asks Keith Getty, Christian songwriter and author, "What is your favorite worship song, and why?"