Practical ideas for implementing Scripture into your praise set from Chris Vacher:
I’ve written before about the importance of using scripture in our worship services and posted a couple of examples of how we’ve actually done it.
The Bible should certainly inform our worship service content – why we gather, what we do when we gather, the kinds of songs we sing, the direction of our preaching, etc – but scripture should also form our content. We need to include scripture either read together out loud, read from the front, read by the congregation, whatever.
We can never assume that people attending on Sunday morning understand some of the Biblical instructives behind what we do.
“Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29 (NIV)
At the same time we need to use scripture so that it becomes the central vocabulary of our people.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16 (ESV)
I want to share with you something new we’ve been doing at Compass to allow use to use more scripture in our worship services. I saw this done first at the Doxology & Theology Conference (I wasn’t there but was watching the live stream) and then was part of a service led by my friend Joshua Seller at Harvest Bible Chapel Oakville where he did the same thing. I thought both times that the impact was significant and decided to start implementing it here.