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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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