Happy Thursday, worship people!
Today I want to invite you to check out a wonderful excerpt from David Santistevan’s blog. In his article, “Why Corporate Worship Is Good For The Soul”, Santistevan speaks to 5 powerful components that make church-family praise what it is. Read the full article and check out David’s site here, and reflect on his 5 points below:
“1.Corporate worship reorients – left to myself, I live for myself. I pursue my goals, my happiness, my fulfillment. This is great except for the fact that it’s an unbiblical way to live. Worshiping with my church family is a weekly reorientation to prioritize the Kingdom of God and live for more than myself. It puts me in contact with the timeless truth of Scripture rather than the passing fad of culture.
2. Corporate worship is a reminder – Primarily, it’s a reminder of the Gospel. “Christ Jesus and Him crucified” isn’t a one-time salvation experience. It’s the truth my heart needs to encounter every day. And corporate worship is a weekly reminder to trust in Christ as my sole source of hope.
3. Corporate worship is community – When I physically attend a worship service, I’m thrusted into a healthy awkwardness. Young people, old people, rich people, poor people, cool people, weird people – all singing together. But I’m a part of a movement that is global – the global body of Christ. I need to see this and feel this every single week.
4. Corporate worship is encounter – God reserves a special blessing for when His children gather. We all know the popular verse:
“For where two or three have gathered together in my name, I am there in their midst” (Matthew 18:20).
We gather not to criticize, complain, observe, police, or be entertained. We come to encounter the presence of God. Anything is possible in the presence of God.
5. Corporate worship is where I can contribute – Whether I’m on the worship team or not, church is a place where I can invest my life into others. I can encourage someone. I can serve somewhere. I can pour my life into another.”
Great stuff from a great teacher on worship ministry. Let these reminders guide our perspective for our worship gatherings this week, whether we’re on or off the stage. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend that’s filled with God’s presence.