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Wisdom and Worship

6 Jun

We are reading through and studying the book of Proverbs together over the next few months at Hope and I am so excited! Proverbs is so full of practical wisdom to help us make better decisions. What I love most is that wisdom is all about worship. When we talk about inspiring and developing leaders who are committed to a lifestyle of God worship, we are talking about living wisely. Here’s how I see it breaking down:

 

1. Having Godly wisdom is knowing God’s will in a given circumstance.

2. Living with Godly wisdom is choosing God’s will over our own.

3. Choosing God’s will over our own is called obedience.

4. Obedience is worship.

 

Wisdom is not just about making better decisions or being a better person. It is about worship. 

 

God fill us with wisdom that we may worship you!

 

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The Beautiful Call of a Worship Leader

18 Apr

“Let our love to lead worship never overtake our love for the people who we are leading in worship.”

As a worship leader, our ministry can be intoxicating and exhilarating.  We take the stage every week and play music for people who love us and our music (for the most part 🙂  It is a highly rewarding ministry that brings recognition and often admiration.  People want to be a part of worship ministry, and our auditions fill with people who desire to be a part of the team.  As a worship leader, it is easy to love worship ministry.  However, my fear is that we have a tendency toward loving ministry more than the people to whom we minister.
My prayer for our team today is that our love for ministry is driven by the people who we are serving.  Let our love to lead worship never overtake our love for the people who we are leading in worship.
We are called and commissioned by Christ to live missional lives for the glory of God as we share and model the gospel.  Our God-given purpose is people.  Our God-given mission is people.  As messy as people and relationships can be, our God-given ministry is people.  My prayer is that we never separate our ministries from the people to whom we are ministering.  Instead, my hope is that every time we step on the stage we are driven by our calling to share the truth of Jesus Christ with our people so that they may be transformed by the Holy Spirit for the glory of God.  This is the beautiful calling of a worship leader.
-Justin Evans

“God-Worship”

22 Aug


I want to take a few moments today to reflect on our mission statement.

“To inspire and develop leaders who are committed to a lifestyle of God-worship.”

When I think about these words I am reminded of the story of Samuel and a particular confrontation he had with King Saul in 1 Samuel 15. Saul did not have God-worship in his heart. He had something that looked kind of like it, but it was not. He returned from a battle in which the Lord told him clearly to destroy everything and with him he had brought the very best spoils that city had to offer. Feeling good about himself, he marched triumphantly home and even built an alter to himself along the way.You could sense that he was thinking, “God is surely going to be pleased with all this stuff I brought for Him.” The problem was that God didn’t care about all that stuff. He didn’t need the sacrifices. He wasn’t hungry (Psalm 51). All he wanted was Saul’s obedience and ultimately Saul’s heart. Samuel spoke the word of the Lord over Saul that day saying, “Obedience is better than sacrifice.” (1 Sam. 15:22)

These words ring out in my head so often. In our search for significance, success, excellence, what have you, we cannot forget that obedience is always significant in the eyes of God. It is the truest form of worship.

Aubrey