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Example Video of a Gospel-Shaped Service

I regularly teach and write about how to plan and lead worship services whose structural narrative express the gospel. For example, in the following article, I explain how I plan such a service, including a video that walks through the process:

How I order corporate worship

When I teach or write on this subject, I regularly receive questions regarding specifics of what a service like this looks like. To meet this need, I recorded our church’s service yesterday, and have included the video below.

This was a pretty typical service for our church. The particulars of each service differ from week to week, of course, but this will give you a good example of the basic structure and kinds of elements that regularly compose our services.

You can download a PDF of the service guide here and follow along if you wish. All hymns are from Hymns to the Living God.

If you head over to YouTube itself, you can find links to specific portions of the service in the description, which can be helpful if you only want to view particular sections or elements.

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is director of doctoral worship studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

2 Responses to Example Video of a Gospel-Shaped Service

  1. Thank you, Scott! It’s very helpful to actually see what you’ve discussed.

  2. This is not a comment on this article, but something that I would like to bring to your attention.

    I have long been very suspicious of the modern contemporary Christian music scene, but my main concerns have been that the songs require very often significant instrumental backing and people with microphones to lead the singing (as they are very often difficult to sing and difficult to play) and that the theology is superficial, though correct as far as it goes. This is the first time I have seen actual heresy in a modern so-called worship song, and it is very disturbing. The song I am referring to is from Hillsong, “So will I”. The second verse goes:

    All nature and science
    Follow the sound of Your voice
    And as You speak
    A hundred billion creatures catch Your breath
    Evolving in pursuit of what You said
    If it all reveals Your nature so will I

    The problematic word is, of course, “evolving”, indicating that the writer of the song subscribes to the idea of theistic evolution, which is a heresy.

    The hymns of the Church, written over a period of almost two thousand years, repeatedly affirm God as Creator and His Word as true. I am afraid this particular Hillsong production will have the effect of leading even more Christians into not trusting God’s holy Word, with disastrous results. (Theistic evolutionists teach that the first eleven chapters of Genesis are to be regarded as mythological, “stories” told for the simple-minded. The problem is that if the first eleven chapters of the Bible can’t be trusted, how can we trust the rest of it?)

    God bless.

    Alison Shortridge

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