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Called to Worship: The Biblical Foundations of Our Response to Gods Call [Hardcover]

By Vernon M. Whaley (Author)
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The Biblical Foundations of Worship This is the story of worship from Genesis through Revelation. Just as the narrative of redemption is interwoven through the pages of the Bible, God's plan for us to worship Him is articulated, explained, illustrated, documented, and applied throughout the pages His Word. Beginning with Genesis and the truth that God is the ultimate creator, and concluding with worship of The Lamb in The Revelation, principles of worship are drawn from the lives of Biblical heroes, ordinary people, events, Old and New Testament practices, Biblical poetry, the wisdom books, the life of Christ, the epistles and prophecy.

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IS HOW WE WORSHIP TRULY BIBLICAL? There's only one way to find out: see what the Bible has to say. And that's exactly what Called to Worship is all about. From Genesis to Revelation, every book in the Scriptures gives instruction and insight into God's plan for worship. With this book, you'll learn from Biblical heroes and ordinary people. Compare Old and New Testament practices. Glean insight from Biblical poetry and the Books of Wisdom. And most important, you'll see how the life of Christ serves as a living guide to worship.

"""A must read book for every student of worship, Vernon M. Whaley has completed a monumental task gathering the principles, processes and practices of worship drawn from scriptural narratives spanning the entire Bible." ""-Charles E. Fromm, Ph.D., Publisher of """Worship Leader Magazine"""

"""""Called To Worship is the most comprehensive book on Worship I've ever read. The depth of scriptures on Worship is incredible." """"""""-""""Dr. Ricky Skaggs, Bluegrass Musician and Worshiper of Jesus Christ

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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   361
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.4"
Weight:   1.55 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 9, 2009
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1418519588  
ISBN13  9781418519582  
UPC  020049084151  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Vernon M. Whaley is Director of the Center for Worship and Chairman of the Department of Music and Worship Studies at Liberty University.

Vernon M. Whaley was born in 1949.

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Called to Worship  May 7, 2010
I wanted to recommend this book to anyone who has a sincere desire to deepen their relationship with God. No matter what your denominational background, as Christians, the author shows us that we have both a need and a responsibility to worship our Creator. In doing so, he gives us a clear vision concerning the high calling of man. He also gives us a benchmark for a deeper and more meaningful worship, by taking us step by step through the Bible. This is one of the most beautiful works I have on my shelf and I can't say enough good things about it. You will be challenged and changed by giving Whaley's book the attention it's due.
Called to Worship by Vernon Whaley  Apr 8, 2010
I received this book as a Christmas gift from my grandparents and it was an absolutely wonderful book. The book is subtitled "The Biblical Foundations of Our Response to God's Call." This book is grounded in the Word of God. This is not just a book for worship leaders, though I would say it's a must-read if you are a worship leader, as God calls for all His children to be worshippers. Dr. Vernon Whaley takes us on a journey through the scriptures to gain a Biblical understanding of what it means to worship and how these people of the Bible lived, or even in some cases to further our understanding by example didn't live, a life of worship.

This book offers great insight and a Biblical understanding of worship. It begins in the garden of Eden and ends in eternity. There is great insight into the lives of Abraham, Moses, Joshua, and ultimately how Jesus lived a perfect life of worship with His father. At the end of every chapter he has a little section called "Principle of Worship from this Chapter" and that's where this book is able to be applied in everyone's lives. This will definitely be a book that I read again and come back too throughout the years as I continue to grow as a follower of Christ, a worship leader and ultimately a worshipper. I leave you with this quote from the end of this wonderful book:

"Worship is what we were made for. God created man because He wanted relationship. It's what He's about, and by now it must be clear that the way - the only way - to an intimate relationship with God is through worship. As we worship, we must be reminded to stay focused on the God of wonder. Worship is not the music, the methods, or the messenger. Worship is our expression of love to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, lived out in our daily lives."

I would recommend this book to any follower of Christ who wants to further their understanding of Biblical worship, and every single worship leader out there. It's so important that we as worship leaders have a great understanding of Biblical worship and what worship is and isn't, because as we lead corporately, it's an outpouring of our private worship, and my heart is for the people that I'm ministering to, is for them to grow in their life of worship.
What does the Bible say about worship?  Apr 1, 2010
What does the Bible say about worship? That's the question that Vernon Whaley answers in Called to Worship. And the answer is, quite a bit.

In Called to Worship, Whaley guides readers through an overview of the entire Bible, illustrating principles of worship from Genesis through Revelation, in an extremely accessible style that will no doubt be helpful to new believers and pastors alike.

A great benefit of a survey like this is when it calls attention to details in familiar stories that are easy to overlook. One example: Joshua is preparing to lead the men of Israel into battle against Jericho, and as he approaches the city, he sees "a strange man standing in front of him, sword in hand. `Are you an enemy or a friend?' Joshua asked him."`Neither,' the man replied. `I am [the] commander of the Lord's army' (5:14 NLT)... [W]hen he identified himself, Joshua instantly fell with his face to the ground and worshipped" (p. 90).

The author goes on to comment that Joshua, having been selected by God Himself to lead the people, would not have bowed down to an ordinary man (nor any created being, for that matter). "Yet he bowed down to this commander, absolutely prostrate... What's more, the commander received Joshua's show of deference," revealing himself to not be a created being, but Christ Himself (see p. 90).

The Old Testament portion of the book, for the most part, lists and explains actions that should accompany our worship, and generally, the author does a great job explaining each principle. There are a few weak spots here and there, but nothing that damages the essential message of the book.

As he follows the storyline of the Bible, Whaley gives a twist as we reach the New Testament, as he essentially tells readers, "All of these things we've talked about are the ways to worship the true God. There's just one catch--we can't do any of it on our own. We need help. We need Jesus" (my paraphrase; see pp. 222-223). And as the book transitions to how worship looks in light of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, there's much that readers will find profitable. From the importance of singing to Jesus, sacrificing our lives to Jesus through service and the putting-off of "self," gathering corporately to share what God has done and is doing in our lives, partaking of Communion and proclaiming His Word through preaching, the chapters on the Gospels and the Epistles are delightful and remind us who the true object of our worship is: Jesus.

Finally, Whaley does a great job explaining what the true purpose of the book of Revelation is actually about: Worship. It's refreshing to see this important aspect focused upon, as it's easy to miss with all the debates that involve charts and graphs. Revelation is a book steeped in worship, and this chapter alone makes reading this book worthwhile.

Called to Worship is an extremely accessible and profitable book. If you're looking to develop a strong biblical foundation for worship, it's well worth your time.
Pretty good  Mar 15, 2010
"Called to Worship" by Vernon M. Whaley, is a good book on worship that bridges both academia and the broader church. Whaley, who is the director of the Center for Worship at Liberty University, gives a biblical theology of worship, tracing both the "worship wars" throughout Judeo-Christian history and positive biblical responses to God, providing, as the subtitle declares, "biblical foundations of our response to God's call." Whaley has a biblical point of view that all people share this purpose in life, to worship God, and, as Tozer said, "If we do not honor this purpose, our lives will degenerate into shallow, selfish, humanistic pursuits."
While overall the book is good, it fits into a small niche. It can be helpful to worship leaders and pastors to give a better understanding about worship as the bible portrays it, but doesn't bridge gaps well beyond themes and principles. It seems more theoretical with little practical advice on how one can proceed with worship to follow through with these principles. Yes, this does lay a foundation and gives a framework for thought, and it does a good job at that, but there is great need for practical helps on how to proceed in our "call to worship," both individually and corporately.
Are You Worshipping Properly?  Mar 11, 2010
"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth." - John 4:23,24

Called to Worship by author Vernon M. Whaley is a unique book that will take the reader through Genesis to Revelation on a discovery of true worship. As the theme of redemption is throughout the entire bible, so also is the theme of worship and Whaley has brought this theme together in an easy to read book that is both enlightening and uplifting.

From the garden of Eden to John's vision on Patmos, we are shown not only how to worship God properly, but what kind of worship God wants. Each chapter has a summary that brings everything together on the principles of worship.It's not just raising your hands and saying, "Praise you Jesus" repeatedly. It is so much more.

One of the best things about the book was the exploration of the Psalms and how David worshipped the Lord. In the middle of the book the author switches tactics and instead of explaining to you the principles of worship he includes a study with devotions for seven days that help you to discover true worship for yourself.

I love this book! It is an excellent resource on worship and is something I will look through again and again.

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