I love the book of Romans written by the Apostle Paul. It’s a classic!!!
One of the reasons I particularly love it, is God revealed to me through it, what true worship was and trust me I had some very faulty ideas!
I used to think that worship was just about music but it’s not! Music is just one wonderful, glorious, celebration of what God is doing in our hearts.
Paul in the first part of his letter to the Romans sets out everything that Jesus has done for us and then in Chapter 12 he says this (In light of what he’d set out previously) 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.’
In the Old Testament the people of Israel made two kind of sacrifices at the Tabernacle.
The first was for sin. They would have to sacrifice a spotless, perfect animal if they had done something wrong. This sacrifice has been fulfilled in Christ on a cross.
The second was a thanks giving offering. You would bring something to the Tabernacle to say thank you to God. Thanking him for who he is, thanking him for his provision etc…
This is the Sacrifice I believe that Paul is alluding to in Romans and he’s saying true worship is living your life in a way that give thanks and glory to God.
Whats the motivation for Christians to live there life well?
Why do Christians do seemingly do illogical self sacrificial ,good things?
Not because we need to earn favour with God! Not because we need to get so many points to get to heaven, not even because God needs you to do anything for him? He doesn't!!!
As Christians, in view of all the amazing, wonderful, gracious, merciful things God has done for us. Why wouldn’t we live our lives as a thanksgiving offering, in a thankful way, giving Him glory?
If you’re not already doing so, in view of what Jesus has done for you, live your life in a way that is thankful and this is Truly worship!!!
Worship is your entire life not just music and singing n a Sunday!!
Back to the music on a Sunday. I hope you are really blessed by it, I certainly am.
I’ve worshiped in some massive places and churches, with professional bands, with light and smoke machines and choirs etc but there is no place I’d rather worship, or experience the presence of God in worship quite in the way I do, at Community Church Blackburn. There’s something very special about worshiping with your own church family.
Being a talented musician and being an anointed worship leader are two very different things and we are so, so blessed to have Andy Berry and Pete Smith leading us in worship regularly.
Please pray for them both, as I know it take hours of preparation and prayer each week to bring us our worship on a Sunday.
Please pray that we experience more of the, tangible presence of God in our worship, because in that place is where we will see prophecy, tongues, interpretations, visions, and healing's as its in that space as a church, we will see more of the supernatural gifts exercised.
Presently our musical worship is led in the format of guitar and singers, but we want, in faith, to see our worship group widen its tent pegs!
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see keyboards, percussion, Bass etc….
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see our young people, involved and discipled in this area! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have more that one instrument?
If your interested go have a chat with Pete Smith.
All this need careful thought and prayer, a lot of work, faith and God’s grace.
So keep praying for all of the above. For God to move and I just wasn’t to see God to be honoured and glorified more and more in our musical worship and in our lives corporately, as a church.
I hope you are excited. I am and you should be 😊
God is good 😊
Helpful Bible Verses
1 Chronicles 16:23-31
Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvellous deeds among all peoples. For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendour and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place. Ascribe to the LORD, all you families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the LORD in the splendour of his holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!”
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.