I know that I said yesterday that today's post would be about Worship, but think of Worship as an overarching rubric for everything that The Church does, so it I didn't want to make it seem like an item on a checklist. It holds a key place in every piece of how the Church acts and thinks.
For our situation, worship acts as a key piece of formation.
How often do you, your small group, or your church read passages from Revelation, not in light of impending doom, but devotionally and like any other piece of scripture?
For years, I have been in communities that make intentional changes about the way they view The End in worship and life. They don't believe in the more drastic Christian interpretations, but they don't believe in anything else. They just leave that part out.
Learn to read the text......
For most people, I tell them to spend a few days reading Revelation 4. Think about the images, think about how John interacts with others. Think about what it must be like to see a vision of the courts of the Father. Pray verse 11.
Bring these verses to your churchs and communities. Learn to read them together, place the glory and holiness of God in front of you in worship. They key is to learn to make these words your own.
Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be