Discover the Mystery of Faith: How Worship Shapes Believing

Jim’s home! Back home at his WordPress site that is… churning out more of those spurring posts that are for everyone not donning a set of itching ears. His most recent challenge was a call to invest in a book by Glenn Packiam titled, “Discover the Mystery of Faith.”

As if I needed to be challenged while engaged in my personal endeavor to read everything ever written.

Glenn PackiamIn chapter four of this work, the author attends a service in an Eastern Orthodox Church. That he is moved by the service is revealed in his words, “Joining this liturgy that Sunday reminded us that ‘church’ did not begin when we arrived; the worshipping people of God is an ongoing drama. We joined a program that was already in progress. Sitting on the floor was a way of communicating: we are all on level ground. Your comfort can take a backseat for a few hours. There is only One who is seated on a throne. …everything spoke. And it told a story. And the story was of Christ and His salvation.”

Mr. Packiam’s message for the reader is this, “the way we worship becomes the way we believe.” You can read all that Jim has to say on this book here, and it is available at Amazon for the very good price of just three bucks (Kindle).

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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3 Responses to Discover the Mystery of Faith: How Worship Shapes Believing

  1. “Sitting on the floor” hit me. I don’t believe our Churches should be luxurious, but if I sat on the floor for a service I know my body would not allow my mind to concentrate on worship. It would be screaming at me.

    There is little doubt that we have wandered from true worship, but isn’t it a matter of the heart? I know my times of true worship are when I am “alone” with my God, with no distractions and I can focus on Him, enjoying His company, being refreshed by Him and learning from Him.

  2. mtsweat says:

    Those are great thoughts good friend. I wonder of many of the same things too. My background has none of this to offer, it’s new stuff, and while I slightly understand these things from both angles, it seems we’re a people who always have to take things to extremes one way or the other. “Blessed be the balanced” I’m also working through another write titled Center Church, by Timothy Keller. He warns we can go to far away from center in every aspect of our faith, including the gospel. Blessings

  3. ccragamuffin says:

    “…the worshipping people of God is an ongoing drama. We joined a program already in progress.” Amen, and amen. And that program is not a drama of ours…we are entering into the eternal heavenly drama when we worship. Our worship literally brings us to the very throne of God. How sad for us to take that lightly, to devalue the treasure we have been invited to participate in. Our “worship” services are more often like an information sharing seminar, or a mutual-affirmation-club-meeting than a time of heaven on earth. How sad. Hushed voices, quiet hearts, incense, kneeling, participatory prayers, verbal response to readings…they draw a beautiful picture. They are visual reminders that something special is going on. Yes, I know we can become enamored by the symbols and loose sight of what is being symbolized…that is a snare throughout the Old Testament…well, throughout life…but…I often wonder, did we throw out the baby with the bath water? Blessings.

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