The Jewel of Worship

2012 Doxology & Theology


In this 18-minute session from the 2012 Doxology and Theology Conference, Matt Boswell interviews pastor Mark Dever about his philosophy of corporate worship. Matt is the founder of the Doxology and Theology Conference and Pastor of Ministries & Worship at Providence Church in Frisco, Texas. Mark is Senior Pastor at 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.


Mark said, “The real jewel in Christian worship that is missed is congregational singing...what I cannot reproduce is being in the middle of hundreds of people articulating praises about Jesus with their voices.” For that reason, he has cut back accompaniment to support voices. Do you agree with this philosophy? Why or why not?
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God has told us how to approach Him in worship through His Word. How often do you sit in Scripture when planning worship? How does it guide you?
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Mark explained how worship has moved away from the congregation and toward the front, privatizing the worship experience. What are the positives and negatives of this progression? How does it change the way you think about corporate worship?
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Mark believes that because worship leaders are given elder-like influence, they should not be up front if not biblically qualified to be elders. Do you agree or disagree? How do you determine qualifications for your worship team?
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Draw back to the sufficiency and supremacy of the Word of God. It is only in the overflow of our love for Him that we lead others in true worship and praise.


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