Two questions lie at the heart of this book: "What are the theological implications of worship?" and "What are the worship implications of theology?" Convinced that worship and theology are intimately connected, the authors show in practical terms how praise and doctrine can fruitfully illuminate each other.
Each chapter of the book pairs an element of the worship service with related Christian teachings: the opening of worship with the doctrine of the Trinity, confession and assurance with sin and grace, creeds and prayers with ecclesiology, proclamation of the Word with revelation and Christology, Eucharist with eschatology, and the ending of worship with ethics. Structuring the book in this way demonstrates how the great confessions of the faith find their natural expression in worship and how the liturgy in turn finds its corollary in doctrine.
Throughout the book the interactions between theology and worship are illustrated with anecdotes from congregational life, resources drawn from church history, and themes from novels and films. In addition, each chapter includes two hymn texts that exemplify orthodox doctrine communicated through song, making the book valuable to worship leaders interested in planning services with theological depth.
A More Profound Alleluia will be a valuable text for courses in theology or worship, will help worship leaders to plan services with greater theological depth, and will enhance worship for Christian believers generally.