If your church orients its weekend gathering around reaching seekers, it's quite possible you've adopted some working assumptions and programmatic arrangements that actually turn the biblical shape of evangelism and mission upside down.
God wants us to experience our messy community when we come together in worship. He is honored by it.
FTC.co asks Christian songwriter and author, Keith Getty, "How Can Believers Cultivate A Culture Of Family Singing?"
Worship in your church does not stand or fall with you as the corporate worship leader. Be faithful to prepare, and lead music and other elements in your gatherings that put Christ on full display for your church. Look to Jesus.
God gave Jesus because Jesus is the highest form of praise I could ever receive.
Their souls also yearn for what is most glorious, and it is our privilege and solemn duty faithfully to display that glory as it is revealed in God’s Word.
What if our perceived problem in worship is not the congregation's problem after all? What if the problem lies within the music itself?
Have you considered the wonder of the Doxology?
Corporate worship is not about getting some feeling. It’s about getting God.
On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson discusses some ways the seeker service approach to church gatherings may be "upside down."
"And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted." What a phenomenal phrase.
With an iPod the music is for you. But in worship the music is for someone other than yourself.
By the love of Jesus, let us be stirred up to close the day with a psalm of sanctified gladness.
Most worship leaders genuinely want to see the church grow in godliness. It's just that no one ever told them that they might be able to do something about that.
How do you adorn the gospel with creative elements in worship without hindering it?
Man is never more free than when he is a prisoner of Christ. May Christ bind us up to Himself with no wiggle rim.
What a joy to sing that Jesus sought us out while we were strangers to the fold of God!
The cross of Jesus Christ is the central theme of Christian worship, for without it, there is no worship.
In a good number of churches, the person who leads music operates in limbo. Half rock-star, half-minister, the worship leader doesn’t know exactly where he stands, and the church isn’t quite sure what to think about him. Where this kind of confusion exists, a solution is needed.
I once had an interesting conversation with an agnostic about a Christian worship song they enjoyed because it reminded them “God loves them so much.” Interestingly enough, the worship song did not specifically mention Jesus’ name or his Gospel work on the cross.
As worship leaders, our primary job is to raise our church’s gaze to Christ - to take their eyes off the mundane things of life and set them on the majesty of their Savior.
As worship leaders, we don’t have to lead anyone into God’s presence. We’ve already been carried there by the finished work of Christ at Calvary.
The beauty of the gospel is that it hijacks our worship and aims it at the One in whom our worship finds its consummation of joy.
When we dwell on the gospel, it should stir within the depths of our soul an uncontainable joy.
I’m convinced these nine things are must-haves for anyone leading a congregation in song week after week.
When we delight in You and want You, You never fail to give us what we want.
Does your church's worship service look like Lord’s Day of the Living Dead?