|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, December 05 2011 00:00|
Teach your men why worship is manly. The Greek word for worship literally means "to kiss, like a dog licking its master's hand." Worship is an opportunity for proud, peevish, sinful men to come humbly before God, acknowledge His greatness and goodness, and give praise, thanks, and glory to God. Church gives us a special place to stoop down and render religious homage, respect, awe, and reverence to the God Who is.
Teach men they can worship anywhere: walking in God's creation, reading the Bible on the train, listening to music in the car, reading books, journaling at night, praying throughout the day, and adoring God during public and family worship and even during work. Anything that causes them to exalt and glorify God is worship.
Teach your men to not only worship with the ecclesia, but as a family. Teach them, if married, to not neglect leading their wives and children, if applicable, into a deeper holiness and experience of worship. Suggest they gather their families in the morning to pray for the day. Take five minutes and share how each saw God work the day before. Ask everyone for prayer requests. Dedicate the day to His glory and praise. When they gather for meals, ask God's blessing and offer thanks.
Gordon MacDonald has identified six "leading instincts of the soul" that lead people to prefer worshiping God along six different lines. You will likely be most inclined toward two or three of these. None of these styles is more right than another. Help men understand how they best worship: (1) worship in majesty, the aesthetic instinct that seeks to be overwhelmed by the majesty of God; (2) worship in joy, the experiential instinct to "feel" the presence of God; (3) worship in achievement, the activist instinct for service; (4) worship by listening, the contemplative instinct that cherishes the inner life; (5) worship with truth, the student instinct to learn truth about God; and (6) worship by love, the relational instinct that finds God most present when people are bonded together in fellowship, worship, or mutual support. For more information on these six styles, see MacDonald's book Christ Followers in the Real World.
For More: Go to www.pastoringmen.com and click on "70. Worship" to watch or listen to "A Man Created to Worship" in the Biblical Manhood series and numerous free resources that pertain to worship.
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