Across the spectrum of churches there seems to be a general vagueness about the God we worship and the purpose of worship in the first place. But do we have to settle for either dull routine or perpetual innovation?
In this penetrating examination of worship, Michael Horton demonstrates that there is a better way. Dig below the surface of today's worship wars and rediscover the biblical and theological foundations for a Christian understanding of worship. Only then, Horton contends, can we place Christ back on center stage and restore our unity as the people of God in the presence of God.
Whether you're a pastor, worship leader, or churchgoer longing to deepen your faith, A Better Way will help you rethink Christian growth and discipleship as it reveals the kind of dramatic, life-revitalizing worship for which you were created.
Introduction: A Glorious Theater
1. Setting the Stage
Part 1: Faith Come by Hearing: The Ministry of the Word
2. A Dramatic Script
3. Casting New Characters
4. How Preaching Works
5. Discover the Plot
Part 2: Sings and Seals of the Covenant: The Ministry of Baptism and the Lord's Supper
6. Signed, Sealed, and Delivered
7. A Table in the Wilderness
Part 3: Our Reasonable Service: Getting Involved in the Drama
8. Tasting the Powers of the Age to Come
9. What Should Our Service Look Like?
10. Is Style Neutral?
11. Taking a Break from the Buzz
12. Reaching the Lost without Losing the Reached