Worship 101

Worship 101

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.

Colossians 1:15-17

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:

  1. Jesus is FIRST: He created all things – seen and unseen.
  2. Jesus is SUPREME: He existed before everything and holds first place in all things.
  3. 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.

Be blessed!

(c) 2013 THOTAM

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Leadeship Pride

We are all leaders with different spheres of influence. Some lead in the house, on the job, in the church, in a classroom or in the kitchen. Wherever we lead, it is important that we guard against leadership pride – it can destroy you and the team that you lead. I came across this article and I thought the author’s points were great. Have a read!

Five Ways Leaders Can Avoid the Pitfall of Pride

  1. Seek feedback. Ask those that know you well for their candid and constructive feedback. Ask if your style, tone, or content has any arrogance to it. Be accessible and maintain an open-door policy where people can share their thoughts with you without fear of reprisal.
  2. Test your motives. Consider why you do what you do. Do you lead a Bible study for your personal enjoyment or to help others? When in meetings, are you willing to let others do most of the talking? Do you give your children a chance to explain themselves or are you quick to apply a heavy hand of discipline because you can. Bring into your consciousness your true motives.
  3. Know your responsibility. Realize your responsibility as a leader is to lead people, not to exercise your power over them. Your value-add is often invisible. It is what your constituents do that validates your leadership, not what you do yourself. Focus on helping and enabling others. It will come back to you like the repayment of a loan, with interest.
  4. Ground your confidence in yourself. Don’t depend on the perceptions of others for your self-confidence. If you do, you will be on a constant roller coaster ride. Your mood and self-esteem will constantly go up and down by no cause of your own. You may not be perfect, but neither is anyone else. Strive to improve yourself, but be confident in yourself as you are. Don’t feel like you need to brag on yourself in order to receive validation from others.
  5. Know how to promote your value-add. There are occasions when people need to understand your value-add. Customers, investors, and supporters need to know that their resources are being put to good use. You can toot your own horn without being conceited. Focus on your constituents and the benefits to them. It is about them, the results, the team, and the value-add itself. It is not about what you did. Be careful about using the “I” word, especially when it should be the “we” word.

By: Mike Hawkins