September 30, 2015

The Worship Leader and the Trinity - and Mission (Ch 4/5)

Chapter 4 – The Worship Leader and the Trinity

We who worship the one true and living God recognize that our worship should take His shape.  That shape includes the Trinity of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

Trinitarian worship, then, at its core, is the worship of the Father, through the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

True Trinitarian worship is mindful of the unique roles of each of the Persons and at times addresses Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in accordance with those roles.  In our songs, we want lyrics that address and praise the three Persons individually.

Chapter 5 – The Worship Leader and Mission

“Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” – John Piper

God desires to see worshipers from every tribe and every nation.  In places where that’s not happening, we need to be passionate about missions work to reach those people.

Worship is a rhythm of revelation and response.  So in order to encourage people to worship, we must help them see God.  One of the best examples of this in in Isaiah 6.  Isaiah sees the holiness of God and in his response he sees his own sinfulness.  Then Isaiah experiences God’s mercy and his response is complete surrender to God’s mission.

For the sake of the nations and for the sake of God’s glory, put the beauty of God on display!  People will fall in love with Him.  People who are in love do crazy things, like change the world.

When we turn people to “look at Him” they will respond with “Here am I, send me."

I love these thoughts of turning people to God and want to do this even better at Edgewood.  I'd be curious to hear from you about what specific things in a worship service help turn your focus more on God.  Any thoughts?

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