K.C. Haddad’s book “Worship the First Century Way” is well timed in the context of significant confusion within the Christian religion.
Confusion of focus and practice have crept into the assembly, and Haddad works to “uncover the mask” of the motives at play. Even an outside observer can see that the religious confusion has led to much unnecessary division throughout the centuries. The author points out that this friction has led many to question the relevance of worship and Christianity in their lives.
Elaborating on what the inspired Word of God presents concerning Christian worship, Haddad weaves this into a story that gently corrects religious worship practices that have no basis in the traditions handed down from Christ to the apostles to us in the Bible.
Many may be surprised to learn that worship practices that they assumed had always been in place are actually quite recent in their invention (and often contradict what was authorized by the Bible). She also goes well beyond the perfunctory elements of worship to explore the reasons and, perhaps more importantly, the foundation of such practice in the Bible.
Haddad also provides historical accounts of how second generation Christians worshipped, providing yet another template for us to examine since many of these individuals literally walked with the men and women who walked with Jesus (including the apostles).
Haddad’s book drives home why we go to church, but also stresses that Christianity isn’t an inactive, passive state of being. She rightly points out that our neighbors view Christianity as boring. They see Christians 1. Going to a building; 2. Listening, 3. Talking, 4. Going home. If this is all Christians do, then it is boring. Her work incorporates very practical, loving ideas to promote a more intimate relationship with neighbors in the community, with Christians in fellowship and with God. This is perhaps the greatest contribution the author makes in exploring this important, relevant subject.
I encourage all to take the time to read this book