We value GENUINE WORSHIP…
We value genuine worship as a way of life, lifting God up in all we say and do. (Rom. 12:1-2, II Chr. 7:1-3, Is 6:1-8.1 Kings 18:36-39, Ps. 27:4-6, John 4:23-24, Ps. 19, Ps. 95)
“The mission of the worship team is to share God’s unconditional grace and His uncompromising truth as we endeavor to create a culture of true, authentic worship. We seek to take the congregation on a progressive journey of learning to live more and more of their lives in worship of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
We want to have IMPACT with our worship, we want to:
Inspire Movement: do this with the opening song. Bright upbeat song that makes you want to tap your foot, clap, or at least smile. Something to wake the body up.
Praise: move to joyful songs about God
Adoration: move to a more meditative, intimate song to God
Commitment: a song to give people an opportunity to affirm or reaffirm a commitment to God.
Tie it all together: end the service with a short upbeat song.
(These are merely guidelines, not a magic formula)
Hindrances To Worship
Our worship can be hindered by several factors. It’s important to recognize these obstacles and do what is necessary to overcome them. Here are some of the common hindrances to the right kind of worship.
Ignorance. Many people worship gods but not the true God (Acts 17:23). They are “religious” but lack a vital relationship with their Creator. They are sincere but wrong (Jn. 4:22). They need the truth.
Unbelief. When we come to God, we must approach Him with believing hearts. If we don’t, we cannot expect Him to be pleased with us or to reward our efforts (Heb. 11:4-6).
Unconfessed Sin. When we as Christians sin, we should confess it immediately to God (1 Jn. 1:9). If we don’t, it destroys our fellowship with Him and we become cold and insensitive to Him.
Wrong Attitudes. If we hold a grudge against someone, God will refuse our worship until we make things right with the other person (Mt. 5:23-24; 6:14; Eph. 4:31-32).
Misplaced Priorities. When we allow other things to become more important to us than God, we take away from the honor He deserves (Mt. 6:33). Right worship recognizes His worthiness to be first.
Enemy Opposition. The world system of evil, the indwelling sin nature, and the devil are constantly opposing our worship (Rom. 7:23; 1 Pet. 5:8; 1 Jn. 2:15). But as we daily depend on the power of the Spirit of God, He will enable us to overcome our enemies (Gal. 5:16; Jas. 4:7; 1 Jn. 5:4).
Aids To Worship
As we strive to give God worship, we should use whatever means are appropriate to help us. The following suggestions are some of the things that can aid us.
Meditation. Taking time to quiet ourselves and to think of God and His goodness will help us to prepare our hearts for worship (Ps. 63:3-4; 89:1-11; 119:15; Phil. 4:8).
Confession. The person who truly understands the glory of God will realize his need for confession and cleansing (Isa. 6:6-7). God wants worship that comes from a clean heart (1 Jn. 1:7-10).
Music. The use of hymns and musical instruments can add much to our worship (Ps. 150; Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16).
Orderliness. Our worship of God should not be haphazard or disorganized. It should be done in an orderly fashion (1 Cor. 14:40).
Prayer. Talking to God helps us to focus our minds on the things of God and makes us conscious of His presence (1 Tim. 2:1-8; Heb. 4:16).
Giving. By our gifts and offerings we express gratitude to God in a tangible way. We acknowledge His ownership of all that we possess, and we show that we are trusting Him to provide for our needs (2 Cor. 9:6-15).
Bible Study. Whether it be from the pulpit, in a Sunday school class, or in a home Bible study, the instruction of God’s Word helps to equip us to be better worshipers of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 4:1-2).