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The Christian's Highest Calling


Mark Sweetnam

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About the year AD 30 the Saviour sat by Jacob's well, in the dusty heat of a Samaritan afternoon. With none of His disciples nearby He engaged in conversation with a sinful woman whose physical thirst was far surpassed by a deep spiritual longing. As she listened to the Man Whom she would shortly recognise as the Christ, she heard the Saviour speak of the Father's desire for true worshippers who would worship Him in spirit and in truth. Among the many goals encompassed in God's purpose for His people, there is nothing that rises higher than this. We are called to work, to watch, and to wait, but above all we are called to be worshippers of our God. The chapters of this book consider the principles and pattern of Scripture in order to help us understand how we can ensure that God does not seek our worship in vain.

Mark Sweetnam is in fellowship in the assembly at Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland. He is a Research Fellow in the School of Histories and Humanities and Adjunct Professor in the School of English at Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of a number of books including Sanctify Them Through Thy Truth: God's Word in Human History and The Dispensations: God's Plan for the Ages.

Worship - By Mark Sweetnam

'Timely' and 'relevant' are words which spring to mind as one reads this work on Worship. Worship is one of the maligned and misunderstood words of Christian vocabulary in our modern era. The Christian public thinks in terms of 'styles' of worship; a worship leader; worship music - contemporary or traditional. With so much confusion concerning a subject of such importance, this work clearly articulates what worship is and what it means, rescuing the word from the clutter of its popular misunderstanding and relocating it in its scriptural context.

The author takes us from the earliest expressions of worship in the book of Genesis right through to the celestial chorales of the book of Revelation, and reminds of the duty, demands and dignity of the worship due to Deity. The book is also sensitive to God's revelation through the ages and it clearly marks dispensational differences which are all too often overlooked.

A very interesting section addresses the subject of instrumental music in the public gatherings of believers and clarifies the New Testament perspective on this debated topic. A must read for all, especially in these days of the Emerging Church movement.

David Gilliland