Thinking Out Loud

June 7, 2011

Worship Leading Blogs Hit Home

If you check the lists of the top blogs, most are written by pastors, but in some churches as much of 50% of the service time is spent in worship.  Worship leaders have a lot to say to us about things vital to the broader scope of living as a Christ folllower.

David Santistevan asks the question, “What does a move of the Holy Spirit look like?

A warm, fuzzy feeling?
A third key change?
Singing “How He Loves”?
A crowded room?
Tongues and interpretation?
People falling all over the place?
Healings?

and gets some interesting answers:

  • I think one of the biggest things that came out of it, was a place where the revelation of the gospel can affect people at ALL stages in their walks with Christ.
  • We can tell if the Holy Spirit is moving if authenticity is being presented in the service and outside of the service.
  • A lot of time, when regarding “snapshot moments”, we are forced to base our assessment on people’s reactions and how we all “felt” in that moment. However, I have been challenged to consider the moving of the Holy Spirit from a longer perspective – over time. Are we growing deeper? Is there fruit evident in the lives of the people of our congregation? Are we, as a whole. changing more into the image of Christ?
  • When we see souls being won to Jesus inside and outside the church. The Holy Spirit is more than thrills, chills, and tears.
  • I think the Holy Spirit is already moving if the essential word of God is being taught or preached…and the name of Jesus is being exalted and the work of the cross is at the core of every message.
  • So many times, we try to equate the Holy Spirit to a physical manifestation (ie. goosebumps, tongues, shouts, tears, etc). However, scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit moves in many ways.
    Teaching – John 14:26
    Guiding – Galatians 5:25
    Filling – Luke 4:14
    Leading – Luke 4:1
    Speaking – Luke 2:26
    Interceding – Romans 8:26
    Conviciting – John 16:8-11

Meanwhile Carlos Whitaker digs a little deeper and asks what expectations people have the worship leader himself/herself.

  • Genuine worship on stage should be a continuation of your personal worship during the week… Col. 3:23 has been a verse that has guided me in how I try to approach both Sunday mornings and daily life.
  • I think that to be a true worship leader, one has to live a life of worship firs; entirely centered around Christ and seeing every moment as a chance to offer worship.
  • I think worship pastors need to become more transparent both on stage and during the week and focus more on being ready and available for God’s leading at all times. God will provide teaching illustrations from your own life if you are ready to live one out any time. If worship is truly a lifestyle, then we should use that lifestyle to build up other believers.
  • Those few minutes leading worship on Sundays should be thought of as an opening act to prepare us for the week ahead. They should be a prelude to our constant daily worship, not the sum total of it.

And a few that are really admonitions:

  • It would be great to see their lives off stage reflect the same zeal and passion they exhibit onstage.
  • By stepping off the “big boy” stage and leading worship at that Youth, Kids, Women’s, Men’s, Seniors ministry meeting that you thing you’re “too good” or “too busy” to serve at. Basically, lead worship when nobody’s looking so you won’t look so fraudulent when there are.
  • What you do on Sunday morning is meaningless if you don’t live it out the rest of the week.

Finally — and there are literally a few thousand such blogs, so this is only a snapshot — here’s some words from Seth at WorshipOnTV.com:

“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;”

Notice that the singing of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs were to be sung to each other.  Wait a second! Could it be that New Testament singing was not only meant to worship God, but to encourage and teach each other in the body of Christ?

I believe that more theology is taught through music today in the church than the sermon. So it is a valid concern that our songs be theologically sound. Are they? 

…Take some time to visit other Christian worship blogs including The Worship Community.

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