- Hardcover: 173 pages
- Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing (September 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1567690769
- ISBN-13: 978-1567690767
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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A Taste of Heaven: Worship in the Light of Eternity Hardcover – September 1, 2006
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Dr. Sproul goes to great length to identify worship with the God described in the Bible. If one accepts the idea the Bible is God's word then what the Bible teaches about worship should be prescribed in God's Church. TH e words of the Bible should take precedence over personal taste, enjoyment or fulfillment. Worship is not about oneself. This should not be confused that worship should only touch the cerebral. Yes worship service should provoke thought, understanding about whom God is and the works of God. Pure knowledge of these things should provoke an emotional response. That does not mean that the form, the organization of the service, worship surroundings, and actual activity of the service cannot form additional emotion about God and His great deeds. R.C. Sproul argues the Old Testament worship as prescribed about the Old Testament did this and some of it can be used enlighten us about worship in the New Testament Church.Read more ›
I think he did a pretty good job. The book is short (172 pages, 8' x 5.5') but don't let the size make you think it is a paper weight. Consistent with his reputation, Sproul gives you a lot to chew on in small, managable bites. It's good.
Sproul's sounds as if he walked into a typical evangelical church's pastoral meeting and asked, "Hey, have you guys ever thought about what God wants?" From there he is so thoughtful, compassionate, and refreshingly biblical.
Sproul's strength is that he drives everything back to the Scripture. God rules his people through his word. Therefore, Christians love the Bible! This heart cry of the Reformation is the cry of the Bible and should be of every Christian.
He covers reoccuring principles and patterns throughout redemptive history. He shows how God has always employed our senses and minds in our worship of him. He takes us to a wandering nation out of Egypt. He takes us to Jerusalem. He takes us to Geneva. He takes us to Florida. And throughout this guided tour through biblical and church history, Sproul makes us think and interact with the Scriptures.
He also spends considerable time (3 chapters) talking about baptism. Of course Sproul is a Presbyterian and staunch advocate of paedo-baptism. I found this ironic when I noticed that he dedicated the book to John MacArthur (Sproul and MacArthur have publicaly debated infant baptism). If you disagree with Sproul, don't get hung up on this; there is more than enough to help you in your appreciation of private and corporate worship.
The best thing I can say about the book is that it makes you anticipate and appreciate the Lord's Day gathering of the church. It is a very helpful resource.
A Taste of Heaven was written by Sproul in order to foster in our churches what is proper worship. His fear is that churches have merged far to much into our Sunday what is secular rather than that which is spiritual. Secular worship to the Father is improper worship and according to Isaiah a waste of breath. Sproul's desire is that churches and individuals may engage in worship that is honoring to God.
Body: The bases that Sproul works off for his text is his belief on liturgy. The doctor writes in his text that during seminary he came to the conclusion that in the debate over worship he sided with the liturgy style of the priests, rather than the prophets. The argument is that in the books of the prophets, the prophets hold to that the form does not matter, rather the heart is the important part. This would mean that a person could worship in whatever way he found appropriate as long as his heart was right. However, Sproul's argument is that the prophets were not negating the liturgical style that God established through the priest, but rather showing the people that the style was worthless without the right kind of heart. Therefore, Sproul argues that we still need to pay attention to what principles God set in place in the Old Testament worship method. He admits that a Christian needs to be careful as he enters the Old Testament to discover how he should live so he does not fall into pharisaical tendencies, but that does not remove the necessity of such an endeavor.
R.C. Sproul argues that worship begins by giving of ourselves in full entirety to God. He quotes Romans 12:1-2 and concludes that God plays for keeps. This is the essence of worship and must proceed the form.Read more ›
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I learn a lot from Dr Sproul. I have a lot of his books, take courses on his website, and love to view his dvd's. Read morePublished 13 months ago by ChuckinWA
As usual, Pastor Sproul writes very succinctly and brilliantly about what the proper worship is. This is a broader view of what most people think worship is and how it must be... Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by M. Baldanza
A Taste of Heaven is about worship. I was excited yet nervous to read it. After all, is there a subject more emotional for Christians than worship? Read morePublished on March 27, 2012 by SingingPilgrim
What is God's intention for worship in the New Testament church? We know of course that we are under the New Covenant of Jesus Christ and we no longer are required to practice the... Read morePublished on May 24, 2011 by Jason P. Hilliard
This is book is a good primer for those who have questions or difficulties with "traditional" or liturgical worship.
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R.C Sproul takes us past superficial worship to a greater understanding of the fundamental tenets, beliefs and motivations behind worship of our creator. Read morePublished on October 19, 2010 by Julian Tan
"Worship...is far too important to be left to personal preferences". This statement, made in the first chapter of Sproul's book on worship, sets the tone for the entire discussion... Read morePublished on December 18, 2008 by Joshua Gelatt
Worship is one of the hardest things to define. We recognise it when we see it, fight over styles of it, read about it, write about, but defining it is really hard. Read morePublished on November 6, 2008 by Grant Marshall