Portrait of a Worshiper
“Portrait of a Worshiper is the best book ever!” said Anna Skagen of Kansas in an Amazon Review. Dr. T.A. Osiowy of British Columbia, Canada wrote, “I believe this book is an outstanding textbook for biblical studies on this subject.” Rev. Pam Darling of Kansas said, “Every believer should have this book in their collection.”
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Never before has there been a book which answers the age-old question of why man exists from God’s perspective, not man’s. “Portrait of a Worshiper” clearly outlines God’s reasons for creating mankind, and shows us the way we were created facilitates our ability to accomplish that task.
The author of this book is Shamblin Stone. Shamblin was well on his way to becoming a Christian singer/songwriter and recording artist back in the seventies when God redirected him into worship. Since then he has devoted his entire life to the subject of Christian worship. Over his career, Stone has served as the Director of Music, Fine Arts, and Worship for four different Bible Colleges – three in Canada and one in the United States. Currently Stone is the founding Director of The Worship College, which can be found at www.theworshipcollege.com. The Worship College is dedicated to helping small to medium sized churches with their worship. Whereas larger churches have the budget to hire trained musicians and worship personnel, smaller churches do not. The Worship College trains the voluntary and part time worship leaders for their calling.
“Portrait of a Worshiper” is the second in a series of five textbooks being written especially for the Worship College. In this book Stone teaches you how and why we worship God as individuals. In it Stone clearly establishes Biblically what the purpose for all human life is. That purpose is summed up for us in this Scripture.
“This people have I formed for myself. They shall show forth My praise.” Isaiah 43:21 (KJV)
Once Stone establishes the purpose of human life in his book beyond any reasonable doubt, Stone declares that the way God designed humans has everything to do with how we accomplish that purpose. Stone then explains from the Scriptures how God designed us. Human beings, he tells us, are made up of three parts – spirit, soul, body. This truth is taken from this Scripture.
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (KJV) emphasis added
According to the Chinese Christian teacher Watchman Nee, Stone continues, the human soul is made up of the mind, will and emotions. Then Stone teaches us from this scripture that the three conscience, cognitive functions of the human mind are imaginations, knowledge, and thoughts.
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (KJV) emphasis added
Here is a graphic found in the book which shows the design of a human being. There are three parts to a human being, there are three parts to a human’s soul, and there are three functions of the conscience mind.
The rest of Stone’s book looks at each part of a human being one part at a time. He examines what each part is, how it functions, and how that applies to the act of worshiping God. He gives us a complete understanding of ourselves in a relatable, well laid out manner. One therapist in Canada uses this as a Christian counseling model.
Stone says the Spirit’s responsibility in Worship is to initiate all worship. That’s why Paul in the book of Romans calls it being led by the Spirit.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Romans 8:14 (KJV)
The responsibility of our body is to express what the Spirit initiates, Stone says. This pattern is born out in the process we go through to get saved.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10 (KJV) emphasis added
The soul must conduct or transmit what the Spirit initiates to the body, Stone continues. It is in the soul where the flow can get stopped with “short circuits.”
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart (soul) is far from me. Matthew 15:8 (KJV)
Of course, what I have just shared with you concerning the ideas found in the book “Portrait of a Worshiper” is a simplified overview of its contents and does not do justice to the empowerments found in its pages. Every Christian’s life will be forever enriched when they read this book! Get your copy today wherever books are sold.