Worship Matters Excerpt 1

Here is an excerpt from “Worship Matters” by Bob Kauflin, a book that I’m previewing to see if Oasis will request the Music Worship Team read over the summer & fall quarter.

From Chapter 2: My Heart: What Do I Love? (p. 21-22)

“What’s the greatest challenge you face as a worship leader? You might think it’s deciding which songs to sing, getting along with your pastor, receiving feedback from church members, oWorship Mattersr leading a team of unorganized, independent musicians.

Nope. Your greatest challenge is what you yourself bring to the platform each and every Sunday.

Your heart.

For years we’ve read about or experienced firsthand the “worship wars” – conflicts over music styles, song selections, and drums. But far too little has been said about the worship wars going on inside us. And they’re much more significant.

Each one of us has a battle raging within us over what we love most – God or something else.”

“Idols are all around us. Can you spot them? They come in different forms. Material comforts. Financial security. Sensual pleasures. Musicians have their own special idols. New gear. Electronic gadgets. Hip clothes. The most powerful idols are the ones we can’t even see. Things like reputation, power, and control.

As Christians we’re sometimes like the people described in 2 Kings 17:33: “they feared the Lord but also served their own gods.” We fear the Lord externally, doing all the right things on Sunday morning – singing, strumming a guitar, lifting our hands – yet actively serve false gods throughout the week. We profess to love the true God but actually love false idols. It’s a contradiction that God, in His mercy, is committed to changing.”

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