In university, the 100 level courses are the entry-level courses. The 101 class is usually filled with young, eager, and sometimes shy, first year students, or freshmen, who are excited to learn all they can about what they have chosen to study.
The 101 course is what is called an introductory course. It provides you with an overview of the fundamental concepts and important principles that you will need to learn and understand for further study.You are building a foundation upon which every thing will rest. And, in most schools, you cannot take higher level courses without first taking and passing the introductory lessons.
So, here is your WORSHIP 101 five-minute course. This lesson only has one point, one major theme – but if you would receive it, embrace it and live by it, I promise you that your life, your worship and your ministry will never be the same.
Let’s read lesson #1:
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
Can you sense the power that is evident in these words? God is stating the order in the universe, and this is what we learn:
- Jesus is FIRST: He created all things – seen and unseen.
- Jesus is SUPREME: He existed before everything and holds first place in all things.
- Jesus is the CENTER. He holds all of creation, all of it (every bit of matter) together.
This is the foundation of worship ministry, of all of life itself. Jesus Christ is the center of it all, because it all belongs to Him, and He sustains it all by His presence in the universe.
Jesus must be the center of your life, your worship, your ministry, your leadership…of all that you are and of all that you do. That is the natural progress of life.
You cannot worship, whether through music, dance, drama, painting or poetry without understanding this fundamental concept.
You cannot lead, whether in ministry, in the family or on the job, unless you embrace this truth.
You cannot be the person God has designed you to be without first understanding that it’s all for, by and because of Jesus.
Let’s understand this point. This is the foundation.
Let the music play, let the flags wave, let the dancer move and the drama begin- but just remember that Jesus and Jesus alone is the ultimate factor, the reason why we exist and the purpose for our existence. Our worship, our adoration, our praise is for an audience of One.
As you lead God’s people, as you serve your community through the arts, as you live each day as a follower of Christ, remember this principle. Upon it, everything else is built. All that we do is for Him.
(c) 2013 THOTAM