My travels in Worship Matters have brought me through Chapter 3: “My Mind: What Do I Believe?” & Chapter 4: “My Hands: What Do I Practice?”. I’ll give you some excerpts below, but here are my thoughts on these two chapters:
Chapter 3, though it focuses on the need for the musician needing to be well versed in the Bible, I found is a great picture of the reason song selection is important. The music & solid Bible teaching together leading people into the worship of God.
Chapter 4 is a well balanced look into the matter of skill, the need for practice (both musically and in speaking), and how that can help lead people to the focus of our worship – God Himself.
Now for the excerpts:
“Mind and heart belong together. Strong, passionate desires for God flow from and encourage the faithful, thoughtful study of God – his nature, character, and works.
We’re deceived when we think we can have one without the other. God intends us to have both.
If our doctrine is accurate but our hearts are cold towards God himself, our corporate worship will be true but lifeless. Or if we express fervent love for God but present vague, inaccurate, or incomplete ideas of him to those we’re leading, our worship will be emotional but misleading – and possibly idolatrous. Neither option bring God glory.
My prayer for myself and every worship leader is that we’ll become as familiar with the Word of Truth as we are with our instruments. Hopefully even more so. If we do, there’s a strong possibility people are going to walk away from our meetings more amazed by our God than by our music. And that will be a very good thing” (p 32 – Chapter 3).
“Skill is the ability to do something well. It’s related to qualities like expertise and competence. We can tend to undervalue it…or idolize it…But rightly understood and pursued, skill can mark the difference between ineffectiveness and fruitfulness in our leading. It can contribute to, or hinder people from, engaging with God. That’s why we should make it a priority…
The important thing to recognize is that leading the church to worship God requires more than a sincere heart and good intentions. It requires skill. And that involves work, time, and preparation” (pp 33-34 – Chapter 4).