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Worship vs. Concerts
A Comparison



Public Worship



Musical Concert



God-centered



Man-centered



A necessity (required by God)



Not a necessity (not required by God)



Led by an ordained minister



Performed by musicians



Contains all the biblical elements of worship: prayer, congregational singing, reading of the Holy Scriptures, preaching, sacraments, vows



Does not contain all the elements of worship



Does not contain any elements not required (in worship, whatever is not command by God is forbidden)



Often contains elements inappropriate for worship (e.g. video clips, dance, drama, special effects, applause)



Music chosen primarily for its fidelity to Scripture, God-centered focus, and ability to communicate truth



Music chosen primarily for its crowd appeal (e.g., beat); man-centered focus; may contain false doctrine



Conducted under the oversight of ordained elders



Promoted by a profit-seeking entrepreneur



Funded by the tithes of God’s people



Funded by ticket sales



Purpose is to glorify God by doing those things that he requires in his Word, out of a heart of obedience



Purpose is to entertain attendees who like a certain kind of music



God’s people of all ages must go



Attracts people mostly of a particular age group who choose to go



Emphasis on the worship of God and proclamation of his truth



Emphasis on the enjoyment of a musical performance



Must be done on the Sabbath; may be done the other six days



May not be done on the Sabbath; may be done on the other six days