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I had to “stare at the screen” for some time on this one. ALL of it is important to me. How can one pick and choose when it is all honoring our Father? Nice to see you back but quit asking such difficult questions. 🙂
That’s the point, to force you to choose! I know it’s hard.
Singing is a bit inadequate as a choice. If it means singing to and worshiping God, then I would have chosen that. As it was, I chose none of the above.
For me all of it is critical “if” it’s grounded and guided by the Lamp of Scripture. Someone may object, “Of course it is” but too often theological systems are exalted over Scripture. The Pharisees and scribes were guilty of this and often we blunder as they did.
As you read the gospel accounts take note how often the traditions of the Pharisees not only trumped God’s word as final and authoritative but also served as an obstacle for true worship and entrance into the kingdom. Regardless of the Christian tradition: Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant, it’s the Lamp of Scripture which should inform and mold our worship. And while everyone has traditions, they must not trump God’s eternal word. That’s what Jesus seems to model in the gospels and that was a big deal in the early church between Jewish and Gentile Christian (Remember the First Jerusalem Council in acts 15?)
Q: What is the Most Important Element of Corporate Worship for You Personally?
A: The one God has revealed to us in the Scriptures, and it’s multifaceted. Acts is a good place to start which reveals the centrality of preaching Christ as the Messiah, the breaking of bread, the fellowship, etc. In fact the book of Acts is a fascinating window into the challenges and triumphs the early church underwent. That’s a good place to start.
This is a tough question and I would expect that with a cool blog like AnswerstotuffQuestions, it would be easy for you to pick one. 🙂
The point of the poll is to force people to choose the one or two things they value the most. Of course it is all important, but we don’t all value it the same. Notice that “giving tithes and offerings is favored by a mere 0.62 percent of people voting (2 votes out of 325!)
We spend a lot of time singing with the band and we neglect the other things.