Part 1 Abstract

Part1 Abstract

Thegreat commission to worship reviews the relationship between worshipand evangelism in the New Testament church. The book is based onbiblical and theological interpretation of the great commission. Theauthors David Wheeler and Vernon takes a deep look at the biblicalprinciples that guides worship based evangelism. The first threechapters look at the responsibility of a Christian in reference tothe great commission and worship as well as how to become a “greatcommission worshiper”. In the subsequent chapters, the authorsexplain how the great commission is “formational, transformational,relational, missional, commissional, and reproducible”. Theconcluding chapter gives an overview of the “results of greatcommission worship”. The book briefly describes the steps andprinciples of “lifestyle worship evangelism”1.Additionally, they provide scripture evidence on how worship andevangelism should relate. The book also unpacks appropriate attitudestowards worship that does not ignore the great commission, thereligious mandate to evangelism. At the end of every chapter, theauthors give the leader five life questions that enable the reader toreflect on the content of the chapter. The book provides practicalprinciples that define “lifestyle worship evangelism”. Ingeneral, the book defines “the great commission worshiper” as “aperson totally and equally committed to evangelism and worship”2.

Part2: Concrete Response

Thebook can act as an important reference to Christians in the modernsociety. However, Christians have a different understanding of themeaning of the great commission as well as the act of worship. Forexample, to many Christians, worship is equivalent worship songs inthe local church. The context in which the authors of the book defineworship and great commission is very essential. Therefore, does thedescription of the great commission to worship in the book connect tothe common Christian understanding of corporate worship in the churchand the great commission? The elites in the Christian faith orindividuals with basic theological knowledge will be able tounderstand the point from which the David Wheeler and Vernon M.Whaley put forward their argument. However, how will the thoughts bereceived or understood by the rests of the congregation? Does thenotion of “the great commission worshiper” make sense to themasses in the modern Christian society?

Part3 Reflection

Thegreatcommission to worship”is one of the most influential religious books in the modern society.The book brings together the views of two individuals with differentmissionary and worship backgrounds. The main subject matter in thebook is the relationship and debate surrounding the great commissionand the great commandment. The book looks at the relationship betweenevangelism and worship in the context of the great commission. Thetwo authors combine ideas from different religious backgrounds todevelop an evangelism strategy that ensures as that people involvedin evangelism do not neglect the responsibility to be involved inworship. According to the book, there are biblical references thatmandate all Christians to be involved in worship as well as theresponsibilities of the great commission3.While targeting the elite in Christian life is essential, the authorscould have made the book more informative and influential by alsotargeting individuals with no philosophical and theologicalbackground. For example, it can be argued that the book is academicand philosophical such that a common man my find it to understand.Also more real life experiences would have made the book moreinfluential in the modern Christian life.

Part4: Action

Evangelismin the context of the Christian faith is founded on the GreatCommission. It can be described as the proclamation of the God’sheart and kingdom to the people who have not witnessed Christ andhave no standards of truth4.After reading the book, there are several changes that are likely tochange in my Christian life. First, my perceptions aboutevangelization and worship will change. To many Christians,evangelization includes mission work while worship involves how anindividual interact with God. According to the book, “thegreatcommission to worship”by David Wheeler and Vernon M. Whaley, worshiping and glorifying Godis an important aspect of evangelization. Worshiping can be describedas the act of rejoicing in God and witnessing Christ in a Christian’slife. The authors highlight the importance of worship, since itenables Christians to be great commission worshipers.To believerswho endeavor to live according to the ways and will of God, the bookargued that both worship and evangelization are of principalimportance, and thus the main focus of the book. According to thescriptures, God created human beings to worship and glorify him. Healso sent the Holy Spirit to the disciples of Jesus, who formed thefirst church to guide them in evangelism and worship. By worshipingand witnessing Christ through evangelism, Christian express love totheir God. Through evangelistic life, individuals are able to life atruthful Christian life and accomplish the great commission5.

Secondly,the book is a new revelation to the Christian way of life. Theauthors of the book, “the great commission to worship” combinestheir theological knowledge and experience in evangelism and worshipto create a master piece that focuses on the teaching of the NewTestament to the modern church. By reading the book, the readers areequipped with the philosophical and theological framework essentialin the application of the teachings of the church on the greatcommission. The theological and philosophical awakening as a resultof reading the book will equip an individual with necessary in theunderstanding of the teaching of the New Testament. The book willinspire the reader to pursue the “great commission worship”. Thenotion of “great commission worship” is founded on the fact thatGod is the object of worship while evangelization which leads tosalvation is the motivation. The book dispels the falsehood that hascharacterized worship and evangelism by giving scripture referencesthat show that worship and evangelism should exist together in aChristian life.By reading the book, a Christian becomes “aperson who is so much in love with Jesus, so committed to worship ofJesus, and so devoted to being obedient to every command of Jesusthat he simply cannot restrain himself from telling others about hisincredible relationship with the Son of God”. This is what theauthors refer to as a “great commission worshiper”6.

Thirdly,the book is able to convince the reader to believe in the linkagebetween worship and evangelism. The main theme of the authors of thebook is to pair evangelism and worship such that they both become aninseparable aspect of Christian life. By reading the book, anindividual will be able to adopt a new approach to Christian life.The authors used biblical reference especially the teachings in theearly church on the importance of both worship and evangelism. Forexample, in page 13, the book states that “If the heartbeat ofworship is obedience, then it is impossible to be a true worshiperwithout being directly involved in the command of evangelism asexpressed in Acts 1:8”7.From the teachings and life in the early Christian church, althoughdiscipleship was an important aspect of Christian and church life,more emphasis was laid in the great commission which links worshipand evangelism. Nonetheless, the book argues that since God isultimate, worship should be the main goal in Christian life. Missionin the church target man, worship targets God, the ultimate being.While this can be seen as a contradiction or result intomisinterpretation, the author is fast to interpret the statement. Inthe interpretation, the authors argued that although worship isultimate, it forms the substance on which evangelism is constructed8.This means that evangelism and discipleship will not exist or isuseless without worship.

Therefore,a sober Christian mind is required if a reader will decipher theintended message in the book, “to help God’s people recapturetheir Great Commission calling to once again be like the earlyworshipers in Acts 17”9.All Christians are called to obey the great commission, which isevangelization. This is mainly done through church missions orindividual endeavors. However,the book brings in the idea of a“great commission worshiper” where the mission is founded onworship. The book defined worship as “a lifestyle of walking insubmission to God and walking with God”. The book is very relevantto the modern Christian life. By reading the book, the student willbe able to rationalize the great commission and place worship of Godas the decisive goal in Christian life10.Due to the scripture evidence provided in the book, the book is anessential guide to the deciphering the true calling in the NewTestament church.

Bibliography

Raymond,F. C. (2011). TheGreat commission connection,Cleveland, Tenn: Pathway Press.

Wheeler,D, A. &amp Whaley, V. M. (2012). TheGreat Commission to worship: biblical principles for worship-basedevangelism,Nashville, Tenn.: B &amp H Academic.

1 Wheeler, D, A. &amp Whaley, V. M. (2012). The Great Commission to worship: biblical principles for worship-based evangelism, Nashville, Tenn.: B &amp H Academic.

2 Wheeler, D, A. &amp Whaley, V. M. (2012). The Great Commission to worship: biblical principles for worship-based evangelism, Nashville, Tenn.: B &amp H Academic.

3 Wheeler, D, A. &amp Whaley, V. M. (2012). The Great Commission to worship: biblical principles for worship-based evangelism, Nashville, Tenn.: B &amp H Academic.

4 Raymond, F. C. (2011). The Great commission connection, Cleveland, Tenn: Pathway Press.

5 Wheeler, D, A. &amp Whaley, V. M. (2012). The Great Commission to worship: biblical principles for worship-based evangelism, Nashville, Tenn.: B &amp H Academic.

6 Wheeler, D, A. &amp Whaley, V. M. (2012). The Great Commission to worship: biblical principles for worship-based evangelism, Nashville, Tenn.: B &amp H Academic.

7 Wheeler, D, A. &amp Whaley, V. M. (2012). The Great Commission to worship: biblical principles for worship-based evangelism, Nashville, Tenn.: B &amp H Academic.

8 Wheeler, D, A. &amp Whaley, V. M. (2012). The Great Commission to worship: biblical principles for worship-based evangelism, Nashville, Tenn.: B &amp H Academic.

9 Wheeler, D, A. &amp Whaley, V. M. (2012). The Great Commission to worship: biblical principles for worship-based evangelism, Nashville, Tenn.: B &amp H Academic.

10 Wheeler, D, A. &amp Whaley, V. M. (2012). The Great Commission to worship: biblical principles for worship-based evangelism, Nashville, Tenn.: B &amp H Academic.

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