BOOK REVIEW: EXPLORING WORSHIP, by Bob Sorge

Author: Bob Sorge 

Pages: 262

Edition: 22nd

Publisher: GCEE BRUNO CONCEPT LIMITED, Lagos, Nigeria. 

Reviewer: PHILIPA ORAEGBU
 
 
 
God seeketh worshipers not worship. Why then do I need to worship if he seeks it not?
 
Bob Sorge, an ardent writer of thought provoking practical books, ignites hearts yet again with this piece, Exploring Worship: A Practical Guide to Worship . Bob, a former music director, expresses his belief and desire to see leaders and worshipers equipped in the spiritual and practical aspects of worship. His writing is not just theoretical; it retells real life experiences and contains bible references. With these, he is able to show the importance of spiritual sensitivity in the art and act of worship emphasizing the place of the Holy spirit and a worshiper’s ability to discern.
 
“Worship”, though a common term in the faith and commonly regarded as just the act of singing slow songs, is beautifully exposited in this book. Exploring Worship clarifies the diverse misconceptions of the term while expounding its simplicity, essence and exclusivity. 
 
The book is divided into two sections: The Heart of Praise and Worship, and The Leading of Praise and Worship. The first section of the book comprises 7 chapters and dwells on worship and praise as expressions unto God, while the latter has 3 chapters and relates the practical aspect of worship. 
 
The first chapter discusses praise and its distinctive extroverted nature. Its essence, and how it’s perfunctory on will and not emotion. Bob proceeds to explain when, where and how one should praise. Praise, being extroverted expression, is done in varying ways. Some of these are common; others are not very widely practised. 
 
The second chapter addresses our approach to God’s presence: an individual approach and congregational approach. Worship as a Christian communal experience is described as an excercise which requires both on the worship leader and worshippers to bring to life. The author makes it clear that there are sacrifices to be made by all involved, in order to actualize worship. 
 
Chapter three emphasizes the use of praise as a weapon of spiritual warfare. The scriptural basis of its use is not without explanation, likewise the exposition on the use of the forms of expression of praise as spiritual weaponry.
 
Chapter four explores the term ‘worship’, its distinction from praise, its essence, and how the Holy Spirit is an integral part of worship. Worship as revealed is not bound by time or place but rather is dependent on “spirit” and truth. 
 
Who really are worshipers? How does one become a worshiper? What does it mean to worship without guilt and what are the attitudes that could hinder an acceptable worship? These questions are answered in detail in the fifth chapter of the book. 
 
Worship has three aspects to itself as written by Bob, the vertical aspect where the worshipes communicates with the Lord; the horizontal aspect, in which the worshiper communicates with the congregation; and the inward aspect of worshiper’s internal communication. All of these are found in chapter six. 
 
Chapter seven talks about the link between prophecy and music, the difference between psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, and how they should be incorporated into today’s congregational worship. There’s also some discussion about walking in prophetic worship by faith. 
 
Chapter eight delves into the art of leading worship. The author wants us to understand that proper worship leadership is learned. Worship leaders don’t just spring up; they grow by learning. Further explained are the qualifications a leader should possess: musical expertise which is of great necessity; the leaders preparation both musically and spiritually; and the leaders leading– and not controlling -worship. 
 
Chapter nine exposits the importance of a worship leading team in a church, the role of the pastor and worship leader in congregational worship, the various members of the worship leading team and their place in the church. 
 
And finally, chapter ten makes known the need for planning worship services, the need for sensitivity, preparation and balance as regards worship services, creativity in providing good variety in worship services, and practical steps to writing songs and teaching new songs.
 
If you are desiring insight into the world of worship, the art of worship and leading worship, you will find this book useful. It demonstrates, among other things, that worship is not about the subject (worshiper) but the object (God) . And this, in the end, is the key message we all need to internalize.

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Religion versus Jesus

Days of the law when it was wrong

To do things out of the law

Keep the Sabbath day holy

Not even to give a helping hand

 

When your neighbour’s falling

Just stand watching and praying

Tie the word up on my head

To show the world how much I’ve read

 

Read they do, to do they don’t

But not to say I’m doing or I do

That was how it was

When we lived by the law

 

They called others blind

Just because they have eyes

Even without seeing to have a vision

Veiled faces is all I see running this race

 

Whereto I’m sure they don’t know

What for than the prize

How much can they give?

Self-righteousness all they got

 

Who do we want to show?

Christ they say they know

With this kind of life

Impossible!

 

He hates to see veiled faces

Calling others blind

He hates to see the deaf

Calling others dumb

 

He alone is the truth

Who knows the way and can show the way

You’ve got to follow His lead

For he is the way and the life.

MY DAILY LIFE

Wakes me up with His love
Brushes my mouth with His smile
Bathes me with His blood
Clothes me with His righteousness
Adorns my hair with His beauty
Shod my feet with His peace
Leads me out with His arm of protection
To the path He’s straightened out for me
I appear before men
Just to them, see! It’s all about Jesus
End of day’s work
To the shelter of the abode
Engages me with a chat in His word
Opens my book with His wisdom
Reads to me with understanding
Sets the dinner of His presence before me
That I might eat till filled
Lays me to bed with prayer
Saying: “MINE, sleep in me”…

by
Oraegbu P.

A DESPERATE CRY

Looking out of my window
Shining brightly through the clouds
The sight of a new moon I see
Ready to get my feet up
Just then it stung
Thinking what it could be
Then another sting
Tried to find it
Seems it’s the thin air.

Reaching to the door
All with struggle
Darkness I see
Began then to wonder what this is
Light to darkness!
What on earth!
Groaning in pain
Called for an aid
No response, just blank

Called my mama, blank!
Called my papa, blank!
For all seemed empty and lost
Left alone I was
Cried and cried
For the more the shout,
The more the pain
Shed tears from white to red
Helplessly calling for help

Now to whom?
Just then it struck
JESUS!
Yes, JESUS
Shouted with the last breath
JESUS!
Then it happened
A bang, a war, commotion, noise
What a happening?
Darkness giving way to light
Yes! Oh! It is happening

And then, a touch!
Light, softly, soothing
Pulled me up
On my feet strong I stood
For the pains gone
All’s done just because
Jesus is come.
Through the troubles and the stumble
Don’t struggle, just remember to shout
The name JESUS!!!

by
Oraegbu P.