Many churchgoers assume that worship is inherently boring, something we need to make exciting. But as Jonathan Landry Cruse shows, churchgoing only seems monotonous and mundane because our eyes are blinded to the supernatural wonder that is taking place all around us.
In this book, Cruse helps us perceive the significance of worship and guides us through the spiritual actions of a worship service. Once you recognize how God is doing something to us and for us and through us in each element of the service, Lord’s Day worship will become the highlight of your week!
Publication Date: October 24, 2020
Table of Contents:
Foreword by Michael S. Horton
Part 1: Introduction
1. What Happens When We Worship?
Part 2: A Brief Theology of Worship
2. The Most Important Thing We Will Ever Do
3. We Are Being Shaped
4. We Meet with God
5. God Renews His Covenant
6. We Submit to God’s Agenda
7. We Commune with the Saints
Part 3: The Parts of the Service
8. God Calls Us
9. The Verdict Is Pronounced
10. Jesus Gets Up to Preach
11. God Feasts with Us
12. We Get a New Name
13. We Sing a New Song
Part 4: Conclusion
14. Extraordinarily ordinary Worship
15. Preparing for Worship
“What happens in worship? God is at work, and the best thing we can do is receive it. I’ve known Jonathan Cruse for many years now and have enormous respect for his gifts not only in theology but in music. This book will broaden and deepen your vision while narrowing it on ‘the Author and Finisher of our faith.’ Please read, mark, and inwardly digest the teaching in this important book.” — Michael S. Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California
“I am amazed at how much solid material Jonathan Cruse has managed to pack into these few pages of What Happens When We Worship! Each aspect I think of on this vital subject is addressed succinctly and with biblical fidelity. I love the questions for further discussion. They turn you from a mere intellectual student into a fellow participant in a quest for authentic, God-glorifying worship. Read this book, and you will increasingly put mind, heart, and soul into your worship with renewed enthusiasm.” — Conrad Mbewe, pastor, Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia
“Jonathan Cruse’s must-read, page-turning book on worship is masterful both in explaining what is really going on when we worship our holy and gracious triune God corporately as well as why and how we ought to engage with each part of a biblically grounded and biblically marinated worship service. One doesn’t need to wholeheartedly amen every detail this innovative book offers to have a profound appreciation for the way the author biblically and practically shows the place of priority that public worship ought to have in the life of every Christian. I wondered as I read this convicting and yet exhilarating book: If true believers embrace this high and moving view of worship, would the church soon see much greater days of repentance, reformation, and revival? May God forgive us for our paltry and backsliding view of worship and fill us with Himself and His glory and beauty (Ps. 27:4) as we strive to worship Him in Spirit and truth.” — Joel R. Beeke president, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; and pastor, Heritage Reformed Congregation, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Jonathan Landry Cruse (MDiv, Westminster Seminary California) is pastor of Community Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he lives with his wife, son, and daughter.