The Worship Ministry at FBJB is responsible for leading musical worship during our congregational services. We are a group of volunteers from within the church body, called to lead the church body in worship that 1) brings glory to God by exalting Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit 2) encourages maximum participation from every person. John 3:30 says “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (ESV) This is our approach to corporate worship – more of what God wants and less of our preferences and opinions. We try to accomplish this through…
God is more concerned with our attitude than our appearance. Many times in our worship services, we can go through the motions, stand up, clap our hands, sing songs, listen to a message and leave unchanged. Throughout Scripture, we see people who appeared to worship God but their hearts were far from Him. He detests this “worship”. Our desire is to come to Him with honest hearts surrendered to Him that overflow into genuine praise to Him.
In corporate worship, our primary desire is to please God, not people. We change like the wind, and consequently our tastes and preferences do as well. God is unchanging and unfaltering. So, rather than chase people’s opinions (including our own) about worship, we want to seek God’s opinion. What brings Him honor? What can we do to reveal who He is? We want to approach Him in humility, exalt Him in worship, and trust His Spirit to draw people to Himself.
Worship involves a “rhythm of revelation and response.” Our goal is to reveal who God is through Scripture, and then respond to that revelation. Therefore, the Word of God is imperative in our corporate worship services – we cannot worship a God we do not know. We want to be careful not to create emotional responses to external things (music or environment), but we want to be passionate about responding to the great Creator God who desires a relationship with us.
We are not just an assembly of individual worshippers, we are the Church, the Bride and Body of Christ. When we gather to worship together, we are exalting Christ as a community. Participation is a must from everyone. It’s not a “come and see” museum. Instead, we are joining together as His people to give Him the honor and praise He deserves.
One day, we will gather with worshippers from all over the world, from all time to exalt Jesus Christ. We are and will be a diverse group of people, but we are and will be united around the work of Christ on the cross. This should be reflected in our corporate worship.