The Great Commission to Worship: Biblical Principles for Worship-Based Evangelism is a book that answers many questions regarding the relationship and differences between worship and evangelism. The authors defined worship as simply “love God.” They describe how worship is a lifestyle of loving God or demonstrating our love for God by the way we live and not merely singing to Him during a Sunday service.
If we are to be truly worshipers of Jesus, then we cannot exclude sharing the Gospel with others, evangelism. The book discusses a concept called Great Commission Worshippers. It is based on the Great Commission, where Jesus commands his disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV). Therefore, the authors define a Great Commission Worshipper as “those who are so in love with Jesus, so committed to worship Him, and so devoted to obedience of all His commands that they simply cannot restrain themselves from telling others about Him.”
From there, Wheeler and Whaley further discuss what it means to be a Great Commission Worshipper and how it can be achieved in today’s world. They state that “with the introduction and growth of the information age, advancements in technology, and this generation’s commitment to social networking, we have an opportunity to promote, develop, and participate in evangelism, church growth, worship, and discipleship as never before.” The text ends with the authors sharing with us a process for creating Great Commission Worshippers who “engage ministry as a daily lifestyle of active worship.”
This book caused me to think about how churches welcome and “assimilate” new members, especially new believers. Wheeler and Whaley give a process for new believers in the book that gets new believers sharing their testimonies early and frequently. I really like how they encourage people to evangelize early and get them comfortable with it quickly. I can remember my time as a new believer and new member in a church. I was quickly welcomed and felt like I was part of a new family. I was asked to join a small group and given many opportunities within the church to serve. However, I do not recall ever being invited to share my testimony with others.
Like an example mentioned in the text, I started to feel like I didn’t have the Biblical knowledge to go out and talk to people about Jesus and what he has done for me. I was worried that I would be questioned about the Bible and I wouldn’t be able to answer or would say something incorrectly. This book helped me to realize that new believers should be encouraged to share, especially when they are excited about their new-found peace and gratefulness of our Savior, and not to wait until they feel they are Biblical scholars.