I’m a fanatic about what words we use from the stage and behind the scenes. So when it comes to the music on Sunday mornings, I’m always encouraging our leaders to stay away from the word “worship.” The average church attender associates worship with singing songs, but Biblical worship is so much more.
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2
We worship God with our lives; every moment can be an act of worship. When we choose Christ over the world and ourselves, we worship Him.
While music isn’t the only way to worship God, it is a powerful tool to worship our Creator. Music moves me. It motivates my soul to respond. Sunday mornings can be hectic and my mind isn’t always focused on what God wants to do in my heart. The music opens up my ears and puts me in tune with the Spirit.
In fact, there’s been many Sundays when I’m standing in the back of the room, my mind racing a in million directions, and suddenly I start crying. While I wasn’t aware of what was happening in the room, Christ in me was well aware and the Spirit responded in kind. Talk about a wake-up call! The music allows me to shut out the world so I can focus on Him and actively worship.
This Sunday is the second Sunday of our series “I don’t like your wife.” Shannon will be teaching that during this time on earth, we are to be getting to know the bridegroom, Christ. We do that by practicing spiritual disciplines, but it is easy to get distracted by other “loves.”
Here is the set list for this Sunday. I encourage you to listen to it throughout the week to prepare your heart and mind for what God wants to do in and through you.