5. They myth that worship equates with emotion. We may not be deep, but at least we’re superficial. When Jesus talked about worshiping in spirit and in truth he didn’t mean emotion (Jn 4:23,24). By spirit he meant the deepest part of your being; the part of you that connects with God. By truth he meant the meat of the Word of God (Jn 17:17). True worshippers worship God in the deepest part of our being which connects to God by means of the meat of the Word of God. The deep things of God (1 Cor 2:10). The whole counsel of God (Ac 20:27). The meat, not just the milk (1 Pe 2:2).
Major premise: immature believers are not capable of truly profound worship. True worship, yes. Real worship, yes. Worship God approves, yes. Profound worship (a profound respect for the manifold nature and ways of God, of which immature believers are ignorant), nope.
Minor premise: immature believers are capable of superficial worship.
Conclusion 1: The depth of worship depends on the growth trends of the congregation. The task of leadership is to continually challenge God’s people to “put away childish things” and to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of” Jesus.
Conclusion 2: The quality of music and the depth of worship are two different things. Both are important.
Conclusion 3: The quality of music, which is very important (more below) is no substitute for the spiritual depth of the participants. You can clap till your hands tingle; you can sway with your eyes shut tight; you can stretch your hands toward heaven and weep; you can sing nostalgic songs with the Gaithers or jump real high with Darlene Czech, but that won’t make your worship any deeper. (By the way, I am not criticizing any of these behaviors!)
It will stimulate your emotions WHICH IS A GOOD THING (surprise!), but it will not substitute for personal spiritual growth, and it will contribute only minimally to that growth.
All of which is to say that Protestants were right when we moved the PULPIT to the center of the stage and made PREACHING the CENTRAL ACT OF CORPORATE WORSHIP. The musical part of worship has value in itself. I am not denying that. So worship events (i.e., musical events) are fine in and of themselves.
But music’s greatest value (still in the context of corporate worship) is to prepare hearts for the reception of the Word preached. Powerful worship is a one-two punch in which the music serves the Word.
“I magnify my office” (Rom 11:13 KJV). Let’s grow deep!
I aggravate worship leaders. Sorry guys, I love you!
6. The myth of blended worship. Blended worship is like a casserole in which everybody hates at least one ingredient. You love peas; I hate ’em. Fine, throw some in. You hate brussels sprouts. Someone else loves ’em. Throw some of those in too. Then what do you get? We might all choke it down, but we’d rather not.
Blended worship worked for a while (the 80’s and early 90’s) to transition churches out of traditionalism. It was valuable. It was healthy.
But in today’s climate with lots and lots of options, it particularly doesn’t work for younger generations. Blended worship…Gerber’s blended pork and green beans. Same thing. Blended worship is simply another way of saying: FEELS LIKE THE 80’s… or… WE’RE AFRAID TO MAKE A CHOICE.
Does that mean no hymns? Of course not!
Does that mean no choruses of Yes Lord? Of course not! (Double negative means a positive… huh? more next time).
Gotta get the kids to school… more later! I really appreciate you stopping by.