Good morning. This is part one of a discussion about praise and worship. What is it? Why do we do it? What extra responsibilities do we have as worship leaders? What does the Bible say about what I am involved with at my church? Lots of questions, all legitimate, so let's talk through some of them.
First, some important points:
1. Singing or playing an instrument in church is presenting the gospel or the good news. Every time we present the gospel is should be special, not something we allow to become routine or predictable.
2. Our preparation time is vitally important. My prayer and devotions help to focus in on the message I give. How many times have you seen a church singer or musician show up for a service just to 'do their thing'?
3. Anointed singing / playing is more than entertainment: it's a ministry. The sooner you recognize this the better!
4. When singing / playing is void of the anointing, it is ineffective! A cold branding iron has never left its mark anywhere.
5. When you are singing or playing to your local congregation, you are already acquainted with most of the audience. You must be prepared to minister with a clear concious. Your friends know you, they see you at your best and at your worst. Live what you profess and sing.
6. Perception is everything. Sometimes the first impression is the lasting one. When you have prepared your mind, spirit, and soul, the audience will feel the sincerity in what you are doing.
Stay tuned for Part 2, where we will delve into these concepts further and begin validating the ideas with scriptures, personal experiences, and (true) funny church stories! :0)
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