Worship Matters

Posted: October 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

One of Paul’s many concerns in Romans 14 is with this this tendency we have to externalize religion. Which is to say, that we in the church are often far too concerned with the outward forms of religion, rather that the inward condition of the heart. A common example of this can been seen in our approach to the kind of the music that is played on Sunday morning which, for some, is either too loud, too old fashioned, etc, etc, etc. The problem with this is that music is simply one tool God has given us to help us get to the object… genuine Christ centred worship.

I like the way D.A. Carson once put this in an article he wrote on worship. He said, “we do not expect the garage mechanic to focus on the wonders of his tools; we expect him to fix the car. Sure he needs to know how to use his tools, but he must not lose sight of the goal.” Worship is the goal and Christ is the focus, music is but one of the tools we have been given to get there.

That is why I am so thankful for our worship teams and those who lead them. I am thankful for their sincere commitment to lead people in genuine worship, no matter what the style. I recently read the following list of myths that I found to be quite helpful and encouraging…

1. Every week you have to be more creative than the last. Wrong. Every week you get to point people to Jesus again.

2. Don’t waste too much time thinking/praying about songs for Sunday. Wrong. This is your most important job.

3. You need a great voice. Wrong. If God calls you then you’re the man for the job. Sing with abandon.

4. You have to stay up-to-date with all the new stuff. Wrong. None of the stuff changes lives. Jesus does.

5. You’ve really arrived when you get famous. Wrong. The Church needs servants not celebrities.

6. If people aren’t into it then something’s wrong with your leading. Wrong. That’s the Holy Spirit’s job. Be patient.

7. Anyone with a willing heart should serve on the worship team. Wrong. Look for heart AND giftedness.

8. The Holy Spirit only shows up on the 4th song. Wrong. Don’t create formulas. Magnify Jesus in whatever time you have.

9. You’d be happier at another church. Wrong. You’d just have different challenges and different reasons to be unhappy.

10. You should speak before every song. Wrong. The more you talk, the less they hear what you’re actually saying.

“True worshipers worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4:23-24 (ESV)

 

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