LS607 Worship: Simplicity and Intimacy with Jesus (2 credits)
May 7-11, 2018; 8:00am to 12:00pm
Instructor: Pastor Jeff Kinley
This course is based on book Worship: Simplicity and Intimacy with Jesus by Jeff Kinley. The picture of God present in many Christians today resembles more of a caricature than an accurate portrait. Some entertain a distorted view of who God is and what He is like, with many relating to Him as a distant Deity or even as a faceless Force. Others see Him merely as a compassionate, caring, and convenient God. Many deny core truths, re-imagining God to fit their preferences. This flawed, idolatrous understanding reduces God into a deity that exists to serve us and our needs. But the God of Scripture exists independent of our thoughts, feelings and ideas of Him. He is not as we imagine Him to be, but rather who He declares Himself to be in Scripture. This biblical knowledge is the very basis and beginning of authentic worship. It is through this heavenly understanding that we come face to face with the real God, discovering and experiencing what worship was meant to be! This course will explore what “worship” actually means, what it looks like, and how can we ever know if we are doing it right, according to God’s Word. This module will seek to debunk false notions of worship, replacing them with divine truth straight from the heart of God.
Ptr. Jeff Kinley is a best-selling author with over 30 books, becoming a nationally-known speaker in the U.S.A. He is passionate about communicating God’s vintage truth to this generation. While in college, he was a part of the campus student leadership team of Campus Crusade for Christ. Jeff’s experience and expertise in explaining God’s truth is well-known. He has been a featured guest on such shows as Fox&Friends, The GlennBeck Show, The Ben Shapiro Show, and hundreds of national radio and television programs. Jeff served for over two decades as student pastor at churches ranging from medium-size to mega-church size. In 2000, he founded Main Thing Ministries, a non-profit organization whose mission is to equip and inspire Christians to become life-long followers of Jesus Christ. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned a Masters in Theology (Th.M.).