Every second Wednesday night our lifegroup gets together. We love our lifegroup and we have been meeting together with (practically) the same group for about 3 years and have formed really close bonds.
Our whole church’s lifegroup studies come from the sermons preached on Sunday’s and the questions are all written by our Teaching Pastor at church, and he is one of the smartest people ever, so the questions are always really in depth and provide a lot of room for discussion. .
This week we were talking about worship. A former pastor of our church spoke at last Sunday’s service on this topic, and so the questions were based on his message.
It brought about some good discussion about worship, but all our talk centred around the music at church on a Sunday.
Then one of our group members raised the question “how do I get led in worship during the week?”
This question, among some of the other things we discussed raised concern in my mind.
What worship really is seems to have been lost to a generation of believers. It scares me a little to think that a whole lot of people, especially new Christians might believe that worship only happens in a church building, that there has to be someone up the front leading you to worship, and that worship only consists of singing songs.
Too often (in my opinion) the singing and music in church is called worship, and that is where the definition of worship gets left.
Colossians 3:23 (Amplified Bible)
“Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men”
I gave this verse to the member of our group with the above question. Worship at its core is a state of heart. It is the posture of our heart before God regardless of where our body might be.
Anything (obviously within reason) can be done as worship to God if we have the right posture in our heart.
The reverse can also be true.
Joining in with the singing at church on a Sunday morning doesn’t necessarily mean that you are worshiping. If your heart is wrong, it doesn’t matter what the words are that you read from a screen. If your heart’s posture is wrong, you might as well be reading out your grocery list!
Worship is so much more than what happens inside a church building on a Sunday. Worship wherever you are, as long as your heart is centred on God you can’t go wrong.
And you will never have to be worried about singing out of tune again either, once you realise how worship is much more than singing!
Comforting for some of us, no?