With the same obviousness that drunkenness shows on a person, is the type of obviousness Paul is saying for the Spirit of God to be evident in our lives.
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
Declare the truths of your worship to one another before you declare them to the church.
“If these songs are not effecting us, changing us, allowing us to lead each other on the team, then what business do we have doing them for the Church?” -TM
“For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged [b]sword, penetrating as far as the division of the [c]soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
PSALM: lyrics taken straight from Scripture
HYMN: biblical doctrine put to melody
*Philippians 2 & Colossians 1 are a biblical hymns that Paul sings in Scripture
SPIRITUAL SONG: our culture’s song that uses biblical principles to strengthen and encourage the Church
“I want my worship to be intentionally and fully expressive to the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.” -TM
Reverence for Him
Sacrificial acknowledgement to Him
Honoring His majesty and glory
The cross and its implications
The victory of the resurrection
Give in sacrificial worship and Stand in Jesus’ victory
The Spirit has to be evident in our worship
1 Corinthians 14 - Spirit, in worship, unveils the heart and heals with grace
Jesus was ALIVE, our worship should be ALIVE.
Unity is so essential to what we do as the Church, but it's not talked about enough.
Could the lack of understanding on the "UNITY" principle be affecting God's blessing on our teams?
Unity is this interesting thing that if you strive for it too hard, then you can actually push people away.
Creative wear their hearts on our sleeves, and can tend to be disunified by the inability to sort through conflict.
Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity![a]
2 It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes!
3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
“I’ve noticed people can actually perceive when your team is disunified. Especially Christians who have the spirit of God who’ve come together to join because of the yearning they have in their own spirit, they can sense the disunity of the team in the spiritual realm. Something seems off.” - TM
No matter how amazing your band is. ;)
When people are able to step into authority of anointing, it gives them something bigger than themselves to strive for unity for.
Unity is no longer a nice idea, it’s a mission.
Unity BENT out in grace and love and mission as an overwhelming presence in our teams and churches and families. It’s THERE that God commands the blessing. Life forevermore.
Have you ever heard someone say, “They’re so anointed,”?
Maybe it’s been said of you. But what does it actually mean?
Definition of Anointing:
To be set apart. To be “anointed” for a specific office, purpose.
Jesus the Messiah was “anointed” for the task of Savior.
Anointing has nothing to do with with how good or qualified one is in their skill, but rather what they’ve been set apart to accomplish. Purpose. Mission.
Jesus sets up “anointing” like this: LUKE 4
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.”
And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
“Don’t pass up someone who’s ready to lay down their life for the sake of the Gospel because we’ve confused the definition of anointing and we’re looking for someone who can hit that note on that song.” - TM
Regulative Principle of Worship:
“The acceptable way of worshipping the true God is instituted by Himself and so limited by His own revealed will that He may not be worshipped according to the imaginations and devices of men or the suggestions of Satan under any visible representation or any other way not prescribed in Holy Scripture.”
Cumulative Principle of Worship:
”Any way we see worship expressed through Scripture is available to us in our private and public demonstrations of worship.”
Examples of Each:
These are the things I CAN’T do because I don’t see them in the Bible (Regulative Principle)
These are the things I CAN do, because I see them in the Bible. (Cumulative Principle)
The Cumulative Principle allows us to look through the Bible and examples of worship, and get an idea of what God sees as pleasing acceptable worship.
It’s less about what we CANNOT do in worship, and more about what is good, true, pleasing, pure, lovely, and acceptable unto God. (Philippians 4:8)
READ Matthew 5:23-24 —
"So if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and while there you remember that your brother has something [such as a grievance or legitimate complaint] against you, leave your offering there at the altar and go. First make peace with your brother, and then come and present your offering."
When there are passages that are dealing specifically with worship, we should read them, process them, debate about them, and really try to thoroughly figure out what it's trying to communicate to us.
So how literally do we take this verse??
“I take it pretty literally. When I remember, when the Lord reminds me, as quickly as possible, I step towards reconciliation. I grab my phone or approach the person, apologize and ask if we can have a conversation.”
This passage is less about a rule and more about a HEART POSTURE.
The posture of your heart, a spirit of offense, can block you from receiving what God has for you in this season.
Heart Posture Check and Balance:
Are you bending grace out to others often?
Are you asking for forgiveness often?
“What is the New Covenant and what does it have to do with worship?”
Covenant = Promise
Old Covenant = Law
”Showed us our need for something outside of ourselves to save us. Showed us our need for a Savior.” (Romans 6-8)
New Covenant = Jesus
”Put your faith and trust in Jesus, and HE makes you right with God.”
Culture = The place where things grow
Are we building good healthy cultures or bad toxic cultures?
Not everything that was FOR the Levitical Priesthood is NORMATIVE or PRESCRIPTIVE for today.
So what parts of this passage IS prescriptive of Church leadership?
READ Ephesians 4:11
Ministers of the Gospel (apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, teachers) are called/sent out to “equip the saints for the work of ministry…”
“My job is not to sing songs, or play guitar parts, my job is the EQUIP the people called to my local church to do the work of the Gospel.” - Tyson Morlet
Don’t miss the calling because you were worried about making services work.
“Equip the saints and get out of the way as fast as you can.” - TM
Do you know your gifts?
Do you know who you’re equipping?
Are you in the way of you team doing the work?
“What the heck does the Levitical Priesthood have to do with the Modern Day Worship Leader?”
Cumulative Principle: Any way you see worship expressed in the entirety of Scripture is accessible to us in 21st Century New Testament Church era.
“This passage has changed my life more than any other passage in Scripture.
Jesus has this interaction with a woman at a well. (John 4)
She’s a woman, He’s not supposed to be talking to women.
She’s a Samaritan, He’s not supposed to be talking to Samaritans.
And Jesus is often doing the thing we think He shouldn’t do, when He’s actually doing the thing we should be doing.”