In this chapter, the author writes, Now I want to examine the arts as they relate to continuous outpouring (p.111). From that statement, he discusses two different points about art. Best points out that Art for art’s sake is a pagan idea (p. 111). He relates it to the believer by writing, But a Christian perspective on the arts must first of all be a Christian perspective that applies equally to every aspect of life long before we examine any separate aspect (p. 111). In writing, Best makes the next point, We cannot be continuous outpourers without being living sacrifices. Living sacrifices are not spiritual abstractions by living doers (p. 112).
The author continues the chapter by writing about freedom in being artistic. We make and offer art because we worship; we should not make it to lead us into worship (p. 119). This statement comes from a great section that talks about the difference between worship of music as art and worship of the Spirit. This section is a great attempt at teaching worshipers where music and art should fit into a public gathering in the church.
…when I sing or listen to my favorite song and a flood of feeling washes over me, instead of thinking that Jesus is nearer because I am filled with such feeling I come to understand that it is because the Lord and I love each other so much that I feel this way (p. 122). The author again attempts to clarify what is experienced when a song is heard for worship purposes. The song should accompany the person’s relationship with the Lord. The song itself is not worship, nor should it replace anything that pertains to a person’s time with God.
This was an awesome chapter. I think this is my favorite chapter in the book. Best did an amazing job taking a stab at the worship war. There were some sections in this chapter that I thought I would use for future teachings on the subject. I wasn’t too impressed with his first section. Actually, I found it quite confusing. This chapter is winning me back as a reader. I thought I might have had to suffer through a rough tough writer who had to clarify everything he wrote.
This chapter is an excellent description of the subject of worship. As a worship leader, I am going to work further with my music team at the church. He has given meaning and purpose to music and worship. He has given order to worship.
I learned that I like this the start of this section much more than the first section.
Best, Harold M., Unceasing Worship. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. 2003