Our Life in Christ:
Program Notes - November 28, 2004
Liturgical Worship in the New Testament
LITURGY AND WORSHIP: IS IT THE NEW TESTAMENT PATTERN?
(NOTE: We'd like to thank Phil Silouan Thompson for some of this material. Check out his webpage: http://www.philthompson.net/index2.html
7. Thus the point of all of this is that modern Bible translators have "messed with the Bible" in order to eliminate liturgy from the life of the first Christians. Liturgy and "Spirit filled worship" were not set against each other by the first Christians. The real question for we as modern Christians is not "When did the Church START doing rituals and repetition etc.", but "When did it STOP worshipping like that?" The question then is, how do we in the 21st Century recover the Apostolic and Biblical model of worship? We submit to our listeners that it is not necessary to reinvent the wheel of worship. The Orthodox Church has an unbroken continuity of worship practice and understandings that are rooted in the First Century Churchs practice and Apostolic direction.