Worship Matters; part 2
Internal vs. the External aspect of corporate worship
Tonight's study came from a book by Bob Kauflin called "Worship Matters".
Last night in our worship team devotional we talked about the internal vs. the external aspect of the corporate worship experience. The internal side relates to what is going on in the inside of each one of us as we worship, dealing with matters of the heart and our walk with the Lord. The external part codifies the appropriate physical responses during worship (hand-raising, kneeling, etc.).
We led with the question..."How do you know if the congregation is really into it [worship] on Sunday?" It's interesting that these two aspects go hand-in-hand. Obviously, God considers the matters of the heart of primary importance since from it, we speak (Proverbs 4:23, Is. 1:15). And, at the same time, scriptures are full of examples of heart-felt, physical responses in corporate and private worship (Psalm 95:6, Hab. 3:2, Ps 121, Ps. 149:3, I Tim.2:8. to name a few)
We closed our devo with this quote from Bob Kauflin's book, "Worship Matters" on page 173 which I think is an important point to consider as worship leaders. "People in your church will learn the most from what is modeled by you and the other leaders. Churches rarely rise above the level of their leaders in expressiveness and genuine engagement..."--both sides of the coin.
The Lord Is Risen....