I had some comments on my last post which seem to imply I was not making myself very clear (as those commenting misunderstood what I was saying). I replied, but I thought I might also put my reply here as a full post (with a few small changes):
I wrote this post as a break from a lot of hard work, so it’s possible that I didn’t make myself clear. I wasn’t advocating any particular view of worship myself, but rather I was challenging the T4G statement on worship. I have long been an advocate of the idea of ‘worship’ being much broader than the singing of songs. I have also pushed the practice of reading the Scripture as an act of worship and I certainly agree that our worship must be informed by scripture. Furthermore, I do believe that expository preaching and the public reading of scripture are acts of worship. I would go so far as to say that our worship is our very life offered up to God, and any more restrictive definition is too narrow.
However, what I tried to argue in the above post was the the T4G statement made expository preaching the core of worship – the essential element. You can gather together and eat a meal, you can sing songs, you can do a dance, you can pray, you can have fellowship together, you can share testimonies of what God is doing in your life, etc. But, if you don’t also have some expository preaching then you’re not worshipping.
This is what I feel the T4G statement implies, and I don’t agree with it.