Iconoclasm: Literally, “destruction of images.” Historically, iconoclasm arose in the eighth century as the practice of destroying images (icons) of Jesus Christ often found in the gathering places of certain Christian churches. Many Christians worshiped the icons as representations of Jesus Christ in his physical incarnation. The iconoclastic controversy began in A.D. 725 when Emperor Leo III decided to have icons destroyed because he thought icon worship was idolatrous and a hindrance to the conversion of Jews and Muslims.
Stanley J. Grenz;David Guretzki;Cherith Fee Nordling. Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Kindle Locations 677-680). Kindle Edition.
This portable temple was built in the wilderness by the Israelites circa 1450 BC after they were freed from Egyptian slavery. The tabernacle was the first temple dedicated to God and the first resting place of the ark of the covenant. It served as a place of worship and sacrifices during the Israelites’ 40 years in the desert while conquering the land of Canaan.
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Reflecting on God’s unfailing love and forgiveness most often prompt our heart and mind to worship God. Often times, we think that our grave sin would not be forgiven anymore. We feel guilty or fall short of our sinful thoughts and behaviors. The evil side of our human heart casts doubt on the grace and forgiveness of Christ. We start doubting why God would forgive our sins. More we doubt more we become vulnerable. But God prevails upon our sinful thoughts and doubts. He heals our broken hearts, as He draws us to Him for His glory. Then His healing works in our life channel us to worship Him in a complete awe and confidence. Continue reading Monday Devotion: Celebrating Worship
Worship is to experience the presence of God in the midst of the gathered believing community.
Worship is the human response to the divine initiative.
Our spirit must be ignited by the divine fire during worship.
We worship God for what he has done for us.
Worship is the first divine priority to service.
The Holy Spirit dominates our way of living to affect the public worship for transformation.
God calls us for worship that involves our whole being – body as well as the mind and the spirit.
Authentic worship enables us to hear the call to service and impels us to join the spiritual warfare of the Lamb. Continue reading Monday Devotion: The Discipline of Worship
Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788)
Background and Context
Charles Wesley was born in Lincolnshire, England. He was the younger brother of John Wesley. These two brothers went to the same school: Westminster and Christ Church College, Oxford. Later, they found the Methodist Church which was one of the most dynamic spiritual movements in the eighteenth century. Charles was the cofounder of the Methodist Church in England. At that time, he played a significant role in the early growth of Methodism. Afterward, it became a separate denomination. Now, we remember Charles for his contribution to Christianity as one of the greatest hymn-writers as well as theologian, English literati, historian and godly man of faith. He wrote more than 8,000 hymns which became a powerful mechanism for the growth of Methodism. Continue reading Monday Devotion: Charles Wesley on Worship