Despite the prevalence of worship pastors and the popularity of worship pastors and the popularity of worship music, Christians of all varieties still struggle to understand and experience vibrant connection to God through worship. The fast pace of everyday life and ongoing “worship wars” challenge believers’ ability to slow down and focus on God’s goodness and sovereignty and to experience the blessings genuine worship can bring to their daily lives.
Worship on Earth as It Is in Heaven provides a practical perspective on the Christian discipline of worship, mining the Bible for wisdom on how to worship God. Author Rory Noland addresses both individual and corporate worship, relating biblical teaching to everyday issues Christians face in their personal faith and church life. Discussion questions and action points encourage readers to step by faith into God’s presence and “worship on earth as it is in heaven.”
“As unusual as it may sound, God’s ultimate purpose is not that we be saved but that he be glorified.9 Redemption is not all about us; it’s all about God.” (Page 33)
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.’ God is looking for ‘true worshipers’—people who mean business when it comes to worship.” (Page 8)
“To many, worship is synonymous with music—hymns or praise choruses. It’s the part of a church service led by a ‘worship leader.’ To them, worship is something done within the church doors on Sunday morning.” (Page 8)
“Simply put, worship is our response to the presence of God made possible by Jesus.” (Page 39)
“Worship can be discussed in broad, general terms or as explicit action.” (Page 11)
Rory Noland is the director of Heart of the Artist Ministries, an organization dedicated to serving artists in the church. A songwriter, speaker, church leader, and consultant, Rory is also the author of three books: The Heart of the Artist: A Character-Building Guide For You and Your Ministry Team, Thriving as an Artist in the Church: Hope and Help For You and Your Ministry Team, and The Worshiping Artist: Equipping You and Your Ministry Team to Lead Others in Worship. Rory currently serves part-time as a pastor of worship at Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, contributes regularly to Worship Leader magazine, and also leads worship for the Transforming Center, a ministry that cares for the souls of pastors and leaders. Rory graduated from the Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University with a degree in theory and composition and served as the music director at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois.