Enter into His gates with Thanksgiving,
and enter His courts with Praise:
Give thanks to Him and bless His name!
“The trumpeters and singers joined in unison as with one voice to give praise and thanks to the Lord. They raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: “He is good and His love endures forever”. Then the temple of the Lord was filled with a cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.” 2 Chron 5:13-14
We encounter God when we worship him with all of our hearts. When we bow our hearts to worship Him, the veil is parted between heaven and earth and He draws near in His manifested presence and allows us to see Him and to taste what it will be like to spend eternity with Him in heaven. When His manifested Presence falls in a place, many people weep, some are struck silent, and some are moved to exalt the Lord. In His presence all of the stuff of the world fades away and we see His beauty and majesty and His all-consuming glory.
When the presence of God fell upon the followers of Jesus in Acts 2, they heard it as a thunderous sound like a mighty blowing wind, and physically saw it as tongues of fire. Their lives were radically transformed by the Presence. They were filled with His Spirit, spoke in tongues and preached boldly. Three thousand were saved that day as they went out with the Lord’s presence upon them.
As 2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
We are transformed as we encounter His glorious Presence in worship.
Serving on the Worship Team:
Participating on the worship team is a very sacred role to us. We watch closely the hearts of those who are called to the platform ministry of leading worshipers. The most important character quality of these individuals is humility. Humility is the most important quality because God will not compete for glory. If a person is on the stage to garner glory for himself, we have found that the Holy Spirit will withdraw and allow that to happen. So it’s very important to us that every team member’s focus is to glorify Jesus and Him alone. We are committed to jealously guarding His Presence among us.
As lead worshipers, we have to guard our hearts and resist the temptation to allow the stage to give us a sense of accomplishment and worth that’s unhealthy. When the worship or music is about us, when we think or allow our identity and worth to be in the accolades we get or our talent, we are taking glory for ourselves and the Holy Spirit will withdraw His Presence. If that happens, all we will be left with is good music. Our eyes must be turned only to His beauty and majesty, not looking to self but simply proclaiming His holiness and power and welcoming His precious Presence in our midst.
Because we view ministry on the worship team as a priestly role, we hold this ministry to the biblical values of character that are found in the New Testament.
- Above Reproach: Am I free from any accusation on my character? Have I dealt with any past issues in a humble, repentant, and Godly way?
- Husband of One Wife (for the married): Am I devoted to my spouse? Do I treat my spouse with love, gentleness, and respect? Do I have appropriate boundaries with people of the opposite sex? Am I faithful to my spouse with my mind, soul and body (free from pornography use, lust, etc.)
- Manage his own household well: Does my tone and attitude with my family (even in discipline) show dignity, graciousness and honor? Am I responsible in all areas of my life?
- Temperate: Do I exercise control over my desires and appetites? Am I willing to limit myself for the sake of others? Am I free from any addictions?
- Self-Controlled/Discipline: Do I refrain from angry outbursts? Do I control my emotions, or do my emotions control me? Do I show self-discipline rather than impulsiveness in life?
- Hospitable/Loves the church: Do I pursue people outside of my normal circle of friends and make them feel welcome? Do I bring unity to situations rather than being contrary?
- Not arrogant/full of humility: When I talk is it mostly about others rather than myself (me-focused)? Am I teachable rather than being unbending in my opinion? Can I admit after I’m wrong? Do I follow well?
- A lover of good: Do my choices with my time and entertainment reflect a love for what is good and pure? Do I continually consider whether my choices are pleasing to God?
- Leading by example: Do I attend a variety of church functions? Do I serve in other areas of the church? Do is support the vision of the pastors and leaders? Do I give a portion of my income to the church in obedience to God? Am I committed to community and therefore regularly attend a homegroup?