For he himself has said, "You must be holy because I am holy."  ( I Peter 1:16, NLT)

 Bishop Neil C. Ellis, in his book Pursuing the Glory, makes a very interesting suggestion about the language of heaven, which is "Holy, Holy, Holy."  He says, "Most people do not speak the language of heaven because they do not want to live the language of heaven."  He goes on to suggest that many people don't want to be reminded of their true identity in God, so they make the choice not to speak the language.  Could it be this is why some believers have a problem with true worship?  They have no problem coming to church; they just choose not to participate in the fellowship, freedom, and transformation that worship in spirit and in truth brings.  We serve a holy God who has called us to holiness.  That word "holiness" scares some people because it conjures up in our minds a set of religious rules.  But God has called us to be like Him; He has made us a royal priesthood - a holy nation (I Peter 2:9).  He has called us to holiness and called us to worship Him.  May all who fear be no longer fearful, but set free to experience His power and presence found in surrendered worship.  Where do you start?  With prayer, and with a made up mind to give God the sincere worship He deserves.

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Comment by Timothy Nelson on July 11, 2012 at 12:14am

I believe your last line is a great place to start. I believe that everyone should read the book "Revolve" by Nelson Searcy & Jason Hatley to learn about how we should live each moment of every day.

 

We have some folks that just don't seem to enguage during the music worship time in our church, but they come Sunday after Sunday. Revelation 3:15-17 comes to mind and I struggle with the why of lukewarm.

This is a great topic by the way :-)

Comment by Donna R. Patrick on July 11, 2012 at 12:36pm

Good morning, Timothy.  Thank you for the compliment.  Glad you enjoyed the content.  I believe there are many reasons people don't engage in the musical portion of our worship times.  Is your church one that displays the lyrics to the songs you do during the praise & worship period?  If the songs are familiar to the congregation are they in a key signature that they can participate?  I don't do it for every song, but for an older song that I'm pretty sure the congregation is familiar with, I play it in a key that would typically be comfortable for most people to sing in.  Another reason may be that, believe it or not, some people come to church to hear just the preaching, and don't give a hoot about the music.  Even though music is part of the worship experience, that's just not what they care about.  On the OTHER hand, there are those who come just for the music.  If your church is diverse in age groups, is your music ministry diverse in its repertoire? If your congregation is diverse in age groups make sure your music is reaching everybody.  Just some thoughts.  I appreciate you responding to this post!

Comment by Timothy Nelson on July 13, 2012 at 1:14pm

Donna, oh your welcome! We have the words up on the screen for all songs except special music. I agree about some coming to hear the preaching and not the music. I don't understand that but I agree it's true, and I know the Bible directs us to sing praises. I know some that like the music more than anything too.

 

You remind me about the age groups and to make sure the music is reaching all groups.

 

One favorate scripture is Psalm 150 :-)

 

BTW I like the preaching too.

 

Blessings to you!

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