Why God’s Glory Must Not Be The Only Goal Of Worship

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“Well-intentioned, but overzealous, worship leaders sometimes argue that we should not take people’s concerns into account when designing our worship. Those leaders say that God is the true audience of our worship, so we must direct all our efforts towards his glory.”

– Bryan Chapell, Christ-Centered Worship

It sounds good, doesn’t it? After all, we worship God, not each other. And yet God is not the only audience of our worship. His Word explains that there are two other audiences for the corporate worship of His Church:

Chapell goes on to write:

“Making God’s glory the exclusive goal of worship sounds very reverent but actually fails to respect Scripture’s own gospel priorities. Certainly it is true that God is the most important audience member for our worship. But if God were not concerned for the good of his people, his glory would be diminished. He expects us not only to praise his name (Ps. 30:4), but also to teach, admonish, and encourage one another in worship (Col. 3:16Heb. 10:24). God is not only the chief audience of our worship; by his Word and Spirit, he is also the true speaker, singer and prayer.”

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Bobby Gilles is Sojourn Church’s Director Of Communications, and works with Lead Pastor Daniel Montgomery to communicate Sojourn’s mission and vision. He co-wrote the children’s book Our Home Is Like A Little Church, published by Christian Focus. As a former radio disc jockey and music director, he was twice named a National Top 10 Finalist for Gospel Music DJ of the Year.

Originally published at: mysonginthenight.com/2013/12/02/why-gods-glory-must-not-be-the-only-goal-of-corporate-worship/ Republished with permission.



is the Associate Director of Worship & Media at St. Simons Community Church, where he mentors, oversees and helps lead Family and Student worship environments. He is also the content curator and editor here at The Worship Community and at HighestPraise.com.

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