Saturday, September 1, 2007
Discussion #6: Corporate Worshippers
This is an extension of my previous post about Distractions in Worship.
As I was reading and thinking through this issue, I came to the conclusion that there are typically three types of corporate worshippers. (note that I am talking about believers…a seeker cannot worship a God he/she does not know)
The first corporate worshipper says/thinks/acts: "I'm not into singing. I don't have a good voice. I prefer to worship by listening to those around me sing." This is not Biblical as the Bible is full of commands (not suggestions) for believers to sing.
The second corporate worshipper says/thinks/acts: "I love singing with all that I am. I have my own worship style, and it's unique. I know I'm loud, energetic, etc., but that's just how I am. I don't care what others around me think about my energy and volume because it’s all about God." This is not Biblical either as the Bible tells us to put each others needs above our own, as well as that our time of corporate worship should be about serving God AND serving others, and that corporate worship should not be a time of chaos.
The third corporate worshipper says/thinks/acts: "I'm here to worship with the body. I'm here to add my unique voice/style to the unified song. I'm here to glorify God and edify the body by worshipping." This is the Biblical approach.
Corporate worship is about worshipping together. Just as a renegade minister can distract and derail a ministry team, an insensitive worshipper can move the focus of a worship service from God to themselves. Just as a lazy individual can frustrate a mission team, a quiet worshipper can suck some life out of a worship service.
We can say what we want about hurting feelings, limiting someone’s worship style, whatever, but none of that should keep us from taking advantage of a teaching opportunity…leading worship is only part of the responsibility of a worship leader/pastor. Teaching about Biblical worship and helping others to grow and mature in their understanding and passion for God is something we can’t afford to sacrifice.