The Task of a Worship Leader (Part 1)

I have done some fast reading concerning worship leading in the book Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin.  I have reached the second section of the book which deals with “The Task” of a worship leader.

This section has several chapters and they run along the thoughts of the the author’s definition of a worship leader:

“(1) A faithful leader (2) magnifies the greatness of God (3) in Jesus Christ (4) through the power of the Holy Spirit by (5) skillfully combining God’s Word (6) with music, (7) thereby motivating the gathered church (8) to proclaim the gospel, (9) to cherish God’s presence, (10) and to live for God’s glory” (p 55).

Ok, I know that I’ve probably said this multiple times already, but this is probably my favorite book on musical worship leading that I have read yet.  I really think that those who are involved in a music ministry in the church should read this book.  Here are a few excerpts from “(1)A faithful leader (2) magnifies the greatness of God (3) in Jesus Christ” that I particularly enjoyed:

“Every time we lead people in singing God’s praise, we stand before people who, just like us, tend to forget who God is and why he’s so worthy of worship.  We’re called to clearly and specifically remind them what God has shown us about himself…If our songs aren’t specific about God’s nature, character, and acts, we’ll tend to associate worship with a style of music, a heightened emotional state, a type of architecture, a day of the week, a meeting, a reverent mood, a time of singing, or a sound.  We’ll think of all the things that accompany worship rather than the One we’re worshiping.  Worse, we’ll create our own views of God, portraying him as we like to think of him” (p 62).

“Magnifying God’s greatness, then, involves proclamation ans passion.  Our responsibility as worship leaders is to make sure that in both ways – biblical truth and strong affections – people have every opportunity to magnify and encounter our great and awesome God” (p 67).

“To magnify God’s greatness in Jesus Christ means more than worshiping Jesus as God, extolling his example, and thanking him for his love.  It involves drawing attention to, and trusting in, his specific work as our mediator and Savior” (p 70).

“The cross stands for all that was accomplished through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God.  It focuses on his substitutionary death at Calvary but includes everything that gave meaning to that act.  His preexistent state in glory.  His incarnation.  His life of perfect obedience.  His suffering.  His resurrection.  His ascension.  His present intercession and reign in glory.  His triumphant return” (p 72).

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