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Recalling the Hope of Glory by Allen P. Ross


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Moving beyond worship wars over style and denominational proclivities, Allen Ross has completed an extensive study of the biblical material that informs the heart of true worship: “to recall and celebrate the hope of glory.” Much more than a biblical theology of worship, Recalling the Hope of Glory is an inductive study of the Bible, showing how the many biblical events and teachings develop the central focus of worship.

Beginning not with early Israelite worship, but with creation itself, this work uncovers the glories and beauty of true worship as it is progressively revealed from its beginning in the Garden to its climax in the new heavens and new earth. Throughout the book, the focus is on the integral issue of who we worship . . . and why. Ross then applies these discoveries to the contemporary Christian practice and debate.

Recalling the Hope of Glory stands to become a definitive resource for the pastor, worship leader, and those training for the ministry. Regardless of their denomination, readers will appreciate the author’s high view of Scripture and just how much it can and should inform Christian worship. (From the Publisher’s Website)

Excerpt:

“The whole orientation of pagan worship was for personal gain, not to serve the Lord; and without submission to a sovereign God at the core of their worship, there was no compelling reason to keep the laws. Thus, disobedience to the Word of God results from weak and corrupted worship.

There is a growing problem in the church today. It is not that the church is idolatrous ( for the most part ), but it has been influenced by the attitudes and practices of the prevailing culture. With little or no emphasis on the sovereignty of God as Creator and Lord, or on the authority of His Word, worship is weakened and covenant responsibilities are ignored. At the same time the influence of the world is manifested in a number of ways: people are more interested in their own personal success than in service to others and more desirous of receiving a blessing than being a blessing; they want some experience but show little interest in spiritual growth; they gravitate to entertainment and leisure and are indifferent to the needs of people; and they are excited about being healed but do not comprehend what it means to count it joy that they suffer so that they can minister to others who are suffering. These may seem like little things to some, merely different emphases, but they reflect a drift from the biblical call for submission and service, dedication and obedience.” (pages 329-330)

Review:

Worship is the duty of all created beings to their Creator. But what does that look like? How should we respond to our God? What kind of principles do we use and where do we find them? These are questions that men have wrestled with since sin first broke man’s fellowship with God.

The Bible has much to say about worship and Allen Ross has written an excellent book examining this topic throughout the whole of scripture. His approach is an inductive study of worship beginning at Creation in Genesis and progressing through the history of God’s people ultimately culminating in the new creation in the book of Revelation. Dr. Ross is a scholar of very high caliber but he writes in a style that is warm and inviting. This book has become to me an instant favorite.

Here are a few of the reasons that I found this book to be among my favorites:

1. Dr. Ross’ high view of scripture.

Sometimes when someone is an expert in the original languages, it seems to erode their confidence in the veracity of scripture. Although Dr. Ross is an expert in Hebrew, his writing shines with the certainty that the Bible is God’s authoritative Word.

2. The doxological nature of the book.

After reading the introduction (which is an extended doxology), I found myself in an attitude of Thanksgiving to this great God who has revealed Himself to us in His Word. And that was just the beginning. I found myself putting the book down often to reflect on God’s glory, majesty, and holiness. If this book did not bring me to such worshipful meditations, I would have finished it much sooner. I found myself relishing every chapter.

3. The encompassing scope of this book.

This is truly a biblical theology of worship. I found myself transported to creation, Mt. Sinai, and the temple (to name a few) as Dr. Ross helped me to think deeply about what worship looked like and what principles I could draw from those experiences. Worship is the business of God’s people and it unifies us with those who have gone before as well as those who will come after. It is the business of eternity.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants a fuller understanding of what it means to worship God. Thank you Dr. Ross and Kregel for this aid to God’s people in knowing and loving Him more.

Book Details:

  • Author: Allen P. Ross
  • Publisher: Kregel Academic & Professional
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Page Count: 592
  • ISBN#: 9780825435782
  • List Price: $35.99

 

About the Author:

Allen P. Ross (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of divinity at Beeson Divinity School. Prior to this, he taught at Trinity Episcopal School of Ministry and Dallas Theological Seminary. His publications include Creation and Blessing: A Guide to the Study and Exposition of Genesis, Holiness to the Lord: A Guide to the Exposition of the Book of Leviticus, and Introducing Biblical Hebrew.

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Disclaimer: I received this book from Kregel in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

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