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IN THIS SANCTUARY An Invitation to Worship the Savior
IN THIS SANCTUARY An Invitation to Worship the Savior Author:Twila Paris with Robert Webber INTRODUCTION: — "In This sanctuary is a book about public worship written by two people who are first and formost worshipers and sccondly people who have been given gifts by God which they have returned to the church. — Twila has been given the gift of leading worship through her music. Her concerts are worship events. People don't come to a Twila... more » Paris concert only to be entertained, but also to worship the Living God. As Twila gets herself out of the way in her singing, God is worshiped, and the people become caught up in praise. While Twila's concerts are full of energy and allow a time for foot stomping and hand clapping, they also allow time for a quite restfulness in the manifest presence of God. In these concerts, God inhabits the sanctuary of the gathered people because the focus is not on a person singing, but on the God to whom the songs are directed.
On the other havd, Bob is a worship teacher. Bob is not an ordained minister, but a committed Christian layman who loves worship and exercises the gift of teaching. In addition to teaching theology at Wheaton College, Bob conducts worship seminars in pastors' conferences and local churches. These seminars address the biblical foundations, the historical development, and the contemporary styles of worship. These seminars not only teach the principals of worship, they address matters dealing with the planning of worship and seek to move people beyond their comfort zones, stretching them toward new ways of worship.
In these gifts both bring to the people who hear them and to the readers of this book the two sides of Christianity everyone desires--experience and understanding. Every Christian wants to experience God and know God. Both Twila and Bob believe that in and through worship boh the experiencing and the knowing occur. The God who is present touches our lives and heals us, and as we go from worship and reflect on this experience, our relationship with God is deepened.« less