Message from Ming, Worship Coordinator:

What is the CGYG/LIFE worship ministry?  It's not about gathering the most talented musicians or the most eloquent speakers and singers.  It's not about the style of music and it's definitely not a performance.  This ministry is devoted to glorifying God.  Its members consist of people devoted to giving their best to God and using the talents and skills God has provided them to glorify Him.

What is worship?

The definition of worship is to attribute worth to God.  The reality is as Christians, we are to worship and glorify God in all that we do (1 Corinthians 10:31).  Our corporate worship on Sunday mornings or Friday evenings is meant to be an overflow of our worship throughout the week.  It's not something we simply turn on and off depending on the number of Christians in the room.  Some things to consider in relation to worship:
  1. Worship is to be God-centred.  It is too easy for worship to be about us.  Many Christian songs talk about God's love for us, what He does and can do for us.  As true as this may be, let us never forget that worship is directed upwards and that it really is for Him.  It is also too easy for worship to be about other people.  We want songs with catchier tunes and simpler lyrics.  We want songs that can appeal to unbelievers so as not to scare them away.  Let us never forget that worship is not about what WE want, or what OTHERS want, but what GOD wants from us when we come before Him in worship.  The Bible is clear on what that is.  The primary purpose of worship is not to evangelize but to please and praise God.
  2. We must come prepared for worship.  Reconciliation comes before worship.  We must confess any sins we have before God and genuinely seek His forgiveness otherwise we offer a hypocritical form of worship that is displeasing to God.
  3. We worship with both heart and mind.  It has been said that the greatest distance in the world is the distance between the heart and the mind.  Worship is not about manipulating people emotionally, but rather to appeal to real emotion that is planted solidly on clear thinking.
  4. We worship a Holy God.  We must approach Him with awe and reverence, not a casual attitude.  God is not our Heavenly buddy who just happens to be a little better than us.  He is our Heavenly Father who deserves our honour and respect.  His perfection shows us how truly wretched we all are and the true depth of His love and grace.
  5. We worship God with our best.  God looks at the heart.  It's not about how perfect we sing or play an instrument in worship, but rather our attitude about it.  Are we offering the very best we have?  A quick study of the book of Malachi will show you how God feels about us giving less than our best.
  6. Worship must be scripturally sound.  The content of the songs we sing are of much greater importance than the melody or the style.  All songs must conform to the truth found in Scripture.

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