Scott Aniol, Professor of Practical Theology at GBTS and Executive Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of G3 Ministries, conducted a 4-day on-campus intensive course, Theology of Worship, at Grace Bible Theological Seminary in Conway, Arkansas, on August 10-13. Aniol taught students the biblical basis for corporate worship, theological principles for God’s people joining in song, and the need for a modern reformation of worship in today’s church.
Delano Rolle, a third-year M.Div. student residing in Conway, noted, “The most important thing that I learned from Dr. Aniol is the way that worship liturgies form us. The manner in which we structure our Sunday services should not be based upon mere cultural preference. The elements that we include in our services either communicate the gospel . . . or something else. For anyone currently pastoring, or considering a call to the pastoral office, few issues can be more pressing.”
Joshua Maynard, a first-year M.Div. student who traveled in for the course from Winter Haven, Florida, noted how the class helped him to think about worship as an associate pastor. “The Theology of Worship intensive,” Maynard noted, “helped me establish a biblical framework for worship by recognizing an acceptable pattern of worship, as well as unacceptable errors, found across the Scriptures. The course helped me better understand that worship is to be regulated by the Word of God and shaped in such a way that the people of God are discipled through weekly gatherings.”
Twenty-five students from all over the United States, including New York and Montana, participated in the four-day event. GBTS offers on-campus intensives in each term of the academic year for students who have been admitted to the seminary’s degree programs.
GBTS will also be hosting a 2-day G3 Biblical Worship Workshop on its campus October 26-27, 2022. The workshop will feature live instruction, breakout groups, and a model worship service. Featured speakers include GBTS professors Scott Aniol, Jeff Johnson, and Owen Strachan, in addition to Laramie Minga and Matt Sikes. Further details and registration information can be found here.
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