What makes up a truly wonderful worship experience?
Does worship experience get lost within congregational praise?
As far as experiences go I think of the time me and my family went to Chicago. Being around the tall buildings, riding the subways were a very different experience for me since. The eye opening experience I had was magnificent but that trip to the Windy City had nothing to do with worship. My experiences in that trip would never teach me how to worship god and all his glory.
One should strive to have a changing experience not a memorable one. We have to reform ourselves to finally be able to worship.
Worship is always more than just an experience. We don’t gather worship for info but we gather it to transform ourselves.
Food for thought: Christ died …
So that he might sanctify her [the church] having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that he might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless (Ephesians 5:26-27).
Pastors/Worship leaders reading this should always recall this verse. Many of us are aware of the pitfalls we face when our faith is merely experiential. Faith will crumble away when someone’s life is traumatized. Many have witnessed friends that had a large passionate wildfire burning for God glory burned out into a tiny flame. Conversations had, Actions for God, Nations that were chosen to be the next destination of receiving Gods love vanished. These people are no longer following Jesus’s footsteps, as their faith was based on an experience. To prevent this, Worship Leaders and Pastors must make sure that the preaching and worship digs deeper into one soul. Be sure to observe ALL worship through the “Transformation Lens”!
Experience is an issue because many church leaders tend to focus on inspiring people with their superiority. Many have a desire to impress people with their talent and intelligence. Fundamental there is anything negative about that, but something will never be able to be categorized as a “church” with this mindset. With this post, I want to give our “Worship Leaders” a challenge: Fight to make sure one’s take on worship is not a experiential one.
When teaching make sure you are: Clear with your communication, just be clear & avoid trying to be clever, constantly communicate with your group, and always strive to motivate your group to want to move into action.
This article was written by one of our friends at New Life Alliance, Broderick Greene