I begin today with a Reference to The Calvin Institute for Christian Worship and their Ten Core Convictions and focus on our worship culture. Many people think about culture as where we are in society: example: "We live in the United States (American Culture) therefore, we should worship in a way that reflects our specific culture". Is this true? Should we only worship one way culturally? The following is the 5th of the Ten Core Convictions.
Worship should strike a healthy balance among four approaches or dimensions to its cultural context: worship is transcultural (some elements of worship are beyond culture), contextual (worship reflects the culture in which it is offered), cross-cultural (worship breaks barriers of culture through worship), and counter-cultural (worship resists the idolatries of its cultural context.
- What aspects of our worship are transcultural?
- What aspects of our worship are inculturated?
- What aspects of our worship are cross-cultural?
- What aspects of our worship are countercultural?
- Which of these four approaches comes most naturally to our worshiping community?
- Which comes least naturally?