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VAN DER SCHYFF, S.P. and DE KLERK, B.J.. Basic theoretical starting points on the character and foundation of a scriptural based liturgy. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2010, vol.44, n.3-4, pp.603-626. ISSN 2305-0853.
Liturgy denotes all the religious acts and activities performed by Christians when meeting God, listening to Him, and glorifying Him during the worship service and in life. Traditionally the expression "liturgy" referred to acts and activities performed during the Sunday worship service and primarily denoted the sequence of acts followed during the service. However, an etymological analysis of the concept "λειτουργία" indicates that liturgy is a dynamic action that points to the worshipping of God that flows over from the Sunday worship service into the everyday life of the Christian. In order to justify this paradigm shift, it is in the first instance necessary to formulate basic theoretical perspectives for the liturgy. These basic theoretical perspectives must be founded theologically, because liturgy forms a central component of man's worship service. These perspectives must simultaneously provide an answer to the question as to how liturgy must theologically be viewed. The authors work from the viewpoint that liturgy is founded in the covenant and kingdom's perspectives as lines of revelation.
Keywords : basic-theoretical perspectives; covenant; kingdom; liturgy; character of liturgy.