This post is the second post in a series on the core values of worship ministry. These core values were selected by David Loftis, worship pastor at Pleasant Garden Baptist Church, NC. These posts are taken from a series of devotions he asked me to write to accompany a training series he did on these core values. Click here to read the entire series.
Our worship ministry’s second core value is “faith.” Revisiting our tour guide metaphor from Core Value #1, imagine going on a tour with a guide who had never been to the place she was taking you. How could she tell you about a place she had never visited? Maybe she could fake some excitement, but her enthusiasm couldn’t be based on any real first-hand knowledge. For all she knows, the destination might be a tremendous disappointment when you get there.
To take others to the throne room of God, you have to have actually been there yourself. To communicate about the love of Jesus, you have to have experienced that first-hand in your own life and circumstances. How can you truly share the power of the Spirit if you have never tapped into it? You can fake it for a little while, maybe, but your audience will feel your uncertainty and phoniness soon enough.
Churches (and even ministries within churches) are full of people who are going through the motions but have never actually trusted in Christ for salvation and new life. Stories abound of people attending church for decades before they came to the realization that they were just playing a part prior to really knowing Christ. So we have to ask: have you truly accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior? If not, get that done right away. To be effective, all of our team members must be in a right relationship with Christ. Do you have a salvation story? Can you remember a clear starting point to your story of faith? We read a great salvation story from David in Psalm 40:1-3: “I waited patiently for the Lord;he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”
If you have already accepted Christ, you aren’t done. Any good tour guide is constantly researching and learning as much as they can about the locations they are showing to others. The same must be true of us as lead worshippers. We must be striving actively to grow in our faith. Not content with living on past experiences with God, we consistently study and strengthen our relationship with Him so that we can authentically share Him with others.
Let me encourage you with these words from Colossians 3:16: “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”