Encountering God Together Paperback

Biblical patterns for ministry and worship

by David Peterson;


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Designed for those in church leadership, David Peterson reflects on biblical patterns for ministry and worship.

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Encountering God Together

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David Peterson, author of ‘Engaging with God’, has finally put pen to paper again to empower the church once again with his long-awaited follow-up – ‘Encountering God Together’.

Standing on the theological and practical groundwork of his first book, David lays the blueprints for a biblically enhanced church experience. These guidelines provide a biblical, practical and insightful guide to help everyone involved in planning and leading church services. This highly readable and stimulating book covers a broad range of topics, including:

•    Corporate Prayer
•    Scripture Reading
•    Preaching
•    The Lord’s Supper
•    The Spirit’s Role
•    Bodily Expression
•    Liturgy
•    Evangelism
•    Baptism
•    Emotions

At the end of each chapter are questions and reflections to encourage group discussion. ‘Encountering God Together’ could easily be used as a training or strengthening resource for worship groups, ministry leaders, church leaders and others involved in church leadership.

Church leaders, stewards, preachers, ministry leaders and musicians will all benefit from David’s biblical knowledge and practical wisdom.

About the Author

David Peterson was senior research fellow and lecturer in New Testament at Moore Theological College, Sydney, where he still teaches part time. He served as principal of Oak Hill College, London, from 1996 to 2007. His books include Engaging with God, Possessed by God (both IVP) and Hebrews and Perfection (Cambridge University Press).

Encountering God Together by David Peterson was published by IVP in January 2013 and is our 11788th best seller. The ISBN for Encountering God Together is 9781844746071.

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'I am often disturbed or disappointed by what I experience when I "go to church",' says David Peterson. 'At first glance the issues seem to be practical... Mostly, however, these practical failings seem to reveal a poor understanding of why we gather, little awareness of how to lead a gathering effectively, and an inadequate grasp of what we should expect from our time together.'

In response, Peterson offers this accessible and stimulating exposition, intended to help everyone involved in planning and leading church services think more biblically and creatively about this important ministry. Our ultimate aim should be to honour and glorify God as we take our part in the edification of his church.

'We encounter God by listening to what he has revealed to us in Scripture and by responding to the work of his Son, as the gospel directs. The gift of his Spirit enables us to minister his truth to one another and to take our part in the building of his church. In biblically informed singing, in reading and reflecting on the Bible together, in biblically driven prayer and praise, and in sharing the Lord's Supper together, God confronts us with his character and will for us and makes it possible for us to submit to and serve him appropriately in every area of our lives.'

Contents

1. The Gathering of God
2. Worshipping God
3. Edifying the Church
4. Patterns of Service
5. Listening to God
6. Praying Together
7. Praising God
8. Singing Together
9. Singing Together
10. Baptism
11. The Lord's Supper

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‘Almost 15 years ago, David Peterson’s book Engaging with God rocked my world. I had never read a book that so effectively combined faithful biblical scholarship with a passion for the gospel and linked both of them to what we call “worship.” It remains my number one book to recommend on the theology of worship. His new book, Encountering God Together, is a long-awaited follow-up, providing biblical, practical, and insightful guidelines for thinking through how God wants us to meet with him as we meet with each other. He covers a broad range of topics including prayer, Scripture reading, preaching, bodily expression, liturgy, evangelism, and emotions. And as you’d expect, the beauty and power of Christ’s atoning work shine throughout. Tight in all the right places and encouraging biblically informed freedom everywhere else, Encountering God Together should be read by anyone involved in planning or leading gatherings of the church.’
- Bob Kauflin, Sovereign Grace Ministries

‘David Peterson has done an excellent job in applying the theological framework of his earlier book, Engaging with God, to the practical realities of corporate worship within the life of the church. This book is fair-minded and generous, full of biblical insight and practical wisdom. Leaders of churches, congregations, preachers and musicians alike will all benefit from it.’- John Risbridger, Minister and Team Leader, Above Bar Church, Southampton; Chair of Keswick Ministries

‘Almost 15 years ago, David Peterson’s book Engaging with God rocked my world ... His new book, Encountering God Together, is a long-awaited follow-up, providing biblical, practical, and insightful guidelines for thinking through how God wants us to meet with him as we meet with each other. Tight in all the right places and encouraging biblically informed freedom everywhere else, Encountering God Together should be read by anyone involved in planning or leading gatherings of the church.’ - Bob Kauflin, Sovereign Grace Ministries

‘David Peterson has done an excellent job in applying the theological framework of his earlier book, Engaging with God, to the practical realities of corporate worship within the life of the church. This book is fair-minded and generous, full of biblical insight and practical wisdom. Leaders of churches, congregations, preachers and musicians alike will all benefit from it.’ - John Risbridger, Minister and Team Leader, Above Bar Church, Southampton; Chair of Keswick Ministries

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Page last updated 12th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherIVP (January 2013)
Weight254g
Number of Pages192
ISBN9781844746071
ISBN-101844746070
Product Code4042555
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