The purpose of Gospel Convergence is to provide:
“Meditations on the Life of Jesus in the Mission of His Church for the Glory of God”
This encapsulates our Theological Vision which can be broken down into three complementary points:
- Mission Orientated
- Doxologically Driven
We believe the driving force behind our Christ-Centeredness and Missional Orientation has to be Doxology.
What is Doxology?
The word doxology comes from two Greek word: doxa and logos.
The Greek word doxa (δόξα) means glory. When Hebrew scholars began translating the Old Testament Scriptures into Greek (giving us what is now known as the Septuagint or LXX) they had to choose a word that could convey the same meaning as the Hebrew word kavod which conveyed heaviness or weightiness. Originally, the word doxa described a person’s opinion and in the Hebrew scholar’s translation process it adopted the decidedly positive nuance of a good opinion or reputation. To speak of the kavod or doxa of God then came to refer to God’s greatness or glory which was always spoken of as praiseworthy while still maintaining its sense of weightiness because to the Hebrew scholar who is great except God? The English word glory captures the meaning of the Hebrew and Greek words well, emphasising the praiseworthiness and weightiness of God. It is, therefore, not unusual that we have come to link doxology with praise.
The Greek word logos (λόγος) means word.
From these two Greek words we get the Latin word doxologia which means “words of praise (to God)”. It is from the Latin we have received our English word doxology which refers to a song or hymn in praise of God.
When we hear the word doxology our minds are often drawn to the idea of worship in songs and hymns, perhaps most notably the Doxology:
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Thomas Ken, “Awake, my Soul, and with the Sun“
Songs and hymns of praise to God are a crucial part of worship, however, worship is more than songs and hymns alone.