Gathering & Forming by Worship

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Authentic Christian worship both invites outsiders into the gospel story and provides a significant means for the formation of disciples of Jesus Christ. In other words, authentic worship does not have to choose between reaching seekers and building up the saints. Incarnational worship does both. As the Church of Scotland’s Common Order of worship puts it, public worship is both a ‘converting ordinance’ and an ‘edifying ordinance’; that is, worship can be both a way of inviting the lost into the body of Christ and a way of building up the saints, forming them into the kinds of people that pursue the kingdom with heart, soul, mind, and strength.
— James K.A. Smith

Colossians 3:12-17

12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.