Worship: 70 Things Every Man Needs to Know
Excerpted from Pastoring Men, Moody Publishers.
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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