My new book is now available at the online bookstore of North Star Ministry Press and at Amazon.com.
O Worship the King!
That Christ is our glorious King should compel us to scour the Scriptures to see how he desires to be approached and worshipped. Not because we worry about what he might do to us. But because we love and adore him, and we desire to please and honor him in all that we do, particularly in how we engage in corporate worship.
This book is about the meaning and spiritual reality of biblical worship. It’s about how we should respond when we find ourselves in the presence of our King.
Endorsements for the book:
“Why do we go to church? This simple answer: we’ve been invited. It’s not our initiative but God’s that brings us into the regular circle of his judgment and grace. He is the King and we are his people who have free access through the mediation of his Son. Exploring this amazing reality with solid biblical insight, this book offers a bracing, winsome and convincing adjustment in our approach. If all of our churches followed the wisdom here, the fruit would be enormous!”
Professor of Systematic Theology & Apologetics
Westminster Seminary, California
“This is one of the finest and most encouraging books on worship I have read in a long time. The author opens up the true meaning and purpose of corporate worship in a way that will inspire and bless all who read it. In today’s culture there are very few Christians who really understand the deep significance of biblical worship. This book will correct that problem. This is one book that I highly recommend for pastors and parishioners alike. When you read this book, the glory and wonder of true worship of the High King of heaven will open up before your very eyes. This is a book on worship that every Christian should have in their personal library.”
—Robert L. Dickie,
Former Editor of Evangelical Press and author of What the Bible Teaches about Worship
"In many cases the Church has caved to the entertainment, consumer, and political pressures of our culture. The temptation to accommodate is great but, in his book, Hexon Maldonado offers a different response to the competing forces with which Pastors, Elders, and members of the Church are faced. This book is a solemn reminder for all that we serve a risen savior, who has called us into his presence not only to worship Him, but to witness His work and glory among us in a biblically prescribed way. Because what we do in worship shapes what we do in the world, following the lead of Pastors like Hexon Maldonado will help us recover the joy, blessing, honor, and reverence of entering into the King’s presence in corporate worship."
—Rev. Jack Smith
Pastor Emeritus, Redeemer Presbyterian Church (Austin, TX)
“The holiness and majesty of God informs everything that Hexon Maldonado writes regarding corporate worship. God is actually present among His people when we gather together. We join in with the heavenly worship already taking place around His throne. Since God is the ultimate sovereign, he must not to be treated lightly, but approached with reverence. In fact, God himself reveals how we are to worship him. This book traces the theme of worship from the OT into the NT, showing how OT worship informs worship under the New Covenant. This is a concise biblical theology of worship that will ignite in your soul a desire to draw near to the very presence of God with the church.”
Pastor, Reformed Baptist Church (Kalamazoo, MI)
“Hexon Maldonado has written a very clear and concise little book that focuses the reader’s attention on the true purpose for which Christians assemble together for corporate worship. Guided by the Reformation principle of Sola Scriptura, Maldonado relentlessly pursues the truth that God is the author of His own worship. Therefore, when Christians gather for public worship, whether they realize it or not, they have entered the presence of the King of Kings, at His beckoning, on grounds which He alone has provided, for the purpose of rejoicing and glorifying in His great person and work, and all to be carried out in accordance with the stipulations of His Word. Although cognizant of the New Testament’s primacy in shaping the public worship of the Church in keeping with the Gospel, Maldonado, to his credit, is not dismissive of the Old Testament—as if to regulate it almost to a ‘non-essential status.’ As part of the Christian canon, the OT is of the utmost importance in giving believers a full orbed picture of the God they love and serve. Maldonado informs his readers that there are many questions about corporate worship which a brief overview of the topic cannot address. However, if one is looking for a primer on the corporate worship of the Christian Church, this book would be an excellent starting point.”
—Joe W. Kelley, Th.M., DMin. *
Pastor and Seminary Professor, Emeritus
Providence Theological Seminary
“Hexon Maldonado’s wonderful new book unfolds the spiritual reality of corporate worship from the clear teachings of God’s word. It is at the same time both theologically rich and accessibly practical. I highly recommend it to my fellow pastors and fellow believers alike. If taken to heart, the wisdom found within these pages is a gift which will deepen our weekly services by preparing and equipping the local church to gather together in reverence and awe into the very throne room of His Majesty the King for the purpose of glorifying and enjoying Him.”
—Greg Van Court
Pastor, Dayspring Fellowship (Austin, TX)
“Pastor Maldonado sets out the elements of corporate worship as found in Scripture and then goes on to examine our responsibility as Christians to worship in light of the Lordship of Christ. As an Anglican Priest, I greatly appreciated his emphasis on the sacramental aspects of worship, something that is too often neglected, if not completely left behind. A great help and obvious labor of love.”
—Fr. Rogers Meredith
St Francis Anglican Church
Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth
Anglican Church of North America
“This book is a whole Bible theology of corporate worship in the local church. Exegetically rich and Christ-centered, this study covers the sweep of redemptive history to show the significance of the church’s assembly under the rule of King Jesus. Whether you are a pastor or a churchgoer, this little book will help you recapture the awesome thing that is happening when believers gather for worship. If you want to make Sunday mornings count for the glory of God, read this!”
—Daniel Drake, Preaching Elder, Killeen Bible Church, Killeen, Texas
*DISCLOSURE: Regarding the endorsement from Dr. Joe W. Kelley for my book, he received his doctorate from Reformed Theological Seminary; however, was a former professor at Providence Theological Seminary. In some of the first editions of the book, his credentials were reversed. This inadvertent mix-up will be corrected in future publications.
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