Characteristics of True Worshippers

2012 Doxology & Theology

In this 50-minute session from the 2012 Doxology and Theology Conference, pastor Mark Dever uses the greeting of Jude to characterize true worshippers. Mark is Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He is also the president of 9Marks Ministries and has authored several books including Nine Marks of a Healthy Church.

The first two verses of Jude lay the foundation for this teaching. Take a moment to read before considering the following questions.

Jude 1:1-2 (ESV)


1Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James,

To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ:

2May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Mark characterized true worshippers as called, loved, and kept (v. 1). Which of these characteristics produce worship and awe in you and why? Which might you want to study further?
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Mark described God as the initiator of faith. Does it comfort you to know you are leading people to respond to His call? How does it change the way you think about worship?
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How do your services reflect the extravagant love of God? Do you pray for congregants to be filled with the love of God?
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We learn from Jude 1-2, John 17:11-12, and 1 Peter 1:4 that we are kept in and for Jesus. True salvation cannot be lost. Mark rhetorically asked, “What will you do that will make Jesus Christ let you go, if it did not stop him from loving you in the first place before you ever loved him?” How can you communicate this truth in your services? How do you foster authenticity and a healthy understanding of sin and public confession, and what could you do differently?
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Mark explained the necessity of communicating the greatness of God and our need for the mercy, peace, and love of Jesus (v. 2) in every worship service. How does the gospel mark the overall weekly rhythm of your services? Are there any changes you could make to ensure the gospel is at the heart of each service?
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May you experience the fullness of His mercy, peace, and love as you meditate on the truth that you are called, loved, and kept in Christ Jesus. Amen!

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