Word On Worship
- By Wilson Matthews
- Published 03/22/2010
Wilson is the youth leader at International Punjabi Masihi Church in Vancouver, Canada. Everyone loves this radical preacher's passion for Christ and His Church. Wilson helped organize the South Asian Global Convention (SAGC 2004) under the leadership of Pastor Pritam Singh. He is as "hairy-as-a-yak," "spits-like-a-camel," and is a F.A.T. (Faithful, Available, and Teachable) Christian. Wilson, a Malayalee Christian holds a BA in Biblical Studies from Trinity Western University and his mission is to make Scripture relevant to today's generation. Famous quote: "Knock it off!"
Here are some words on worship given by a Pastor friend...
The divine priority is worship first and service second
When I worship, I would rather my heart be without words than my words be without heart.”
Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the One worshiped
If we are going to worship in Spirit, we must develop a spirit of worship
The whole person, with all his senses, with both mind and body, needs to be involved in genuine worship.
Whenever the method of worship becomes more important than the Person of worship, we have already prostituted our worship.
There are entire congregations who worship praise and praise worship but who have not yet learned to praise and worship God in Jesus Christ."
Worshipper - To qualify for the worship team, one must be a worshipper. Every member, musicians and singers alike, must have a love for praise and worshipping the Father.
Commitment to “flowing” with the team - More than individual expertise, our musical goal needs to be the ability to “flow” with the team. We need to look at our team as not just a collection of separate musicians and singers but as a single unit with a single purpose. Out heart attitude should not be to shine forth our own technical skill but to use that skill to enhance the team as a whole. Worship ministry is a team effort.
Commitment to growing spiritually - This too is as important on an individual basis as it is with the team. As a leadership ministry, we need to be committed to maturing in Jesus. Stagnant spiritual lives mean a stagnant worship team. Encourage and challenge one another, but in the Spirit.
Commitment to musical expertise - We need to work at our instrumental and/or vocal ability to become the very best we can be. This means a great deal of individual practice (maybe even lessons) as well as playing with the team. Keep in mind that the team will only be as musically proficient as the individuals that make it up.
Commitment to being spiritually prepared to minister - Our spiritual preparation has a direct effect on our effectiveness as a PMC music ministry team. We need to come ready not only to sing and play music but to worship the King and minister to His people. The essential element in this ministry (or any other for that matter) is our relationship with the Lord. Without a close relationship to the Lord, the worship team will NOT be effective regardless of musical proficiency.
Dress standard - It is expected that members of the worship team will present themselves at meetings in a manner both glorifying to God and acceptable to the human eye considering that they are in an ‘up-front’ ministry. Consider coming to church like going to dinner with Jesus; would he take you to Macdonald’s or to the Punjabi Royal Place?