Corporate worship… We all do it… But do you know why we do it? Why go to church on Sunday mornings when you could just sit at home in your PJs watching your favorite televangelist? In their excellent book, Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe, pastor Mark Driscoll and theology professor Gerry Breshears tell us why we get out of bed, brush our teeth, get dressed, and go to church.
“God’s people gather because, in the depths of their regenerated nature the Holy Spirit gives the deep desires to worship God with his people. We want to see God’s people, we want to hear of God’s work in their lives, we want to know of ways we can lovingly serve them, and we want to be part of something bigger then ourselves that reaches beyond the mundane details of life and connects us all together despite our differences in age, race, gender, and income to seek and celebrate evidences of God’s grace.”
“The New Testament is clear that God’s people are to regularly gather for corporate worship. This is apparent by the frequent use of the Greek word ekklesia, which simply means “gathered assembly of God’s people.” Likewise, Hebrews 10:24-25 commands, “let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another.”
The authors then offer six Biblical principles that undergird this view of corporate worship…
- Corporate worship is to be God centered—Matt 4:8-1
- Corporate worship is to be intelligible—1Cor. 14:1-12
- Corporate worship is to be seeker sensible—1 Cor 14:20-25
- Corporate worship is to be unselfish—1 Cor 14:26
- Corporate worship is to be orderly—1 Cor 14:40
- Corporate worship is to be missional—1 Cor 9:19-23
Driscoll and Breshears expound on these six principles in chapter 11 of Doctrine. But Driscoll also expounds on them in an article he posted at the Resurgence, 6 Biblical Principles for Corporate Worship.