Tweaking Worship

Tweaking Worship

“[Church name] is unapologetically a contemporary music church. We’ve often been referred to in the press as ‘the flock that likes to rock.’ We use the style of music the majority of people in our church listen to on the radio. Years ago, after being frustrated with trying to please everyone, I decided to survey our church. I passed out 3×5 cards to everyone in the crowd service and asked them to write down the call letters of the radio station they listened to. What we discovered is that 96 percent of our people said they listen to middle-of-the-road adult contemporary music… After surveying who we were reaching, we made the strategic decision to stop singing hymns in our seeker services. Within a year of deciding what would be ‘our sound,’ [Church name] exploded with growth.”

This was a prominent pastor’s self-disclosure regarding his search for the most effective form of worship. Many have tried to tweak their forms of worship, but that is just it—it is their form of worship.

We may look at worship and wonder if there is a better way. Frankly, that question does not belong in the discussion of worship whatsoever. God’s way is the only way.

God has just finished expressing that they were not to use this special incense any other way and they were not to use any other incense. This incense was sanctified for worship. For some reason, we see that Nadab and Abihu decide to improve upon God’s plan.

“And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord” (Leviticus 10:1–2).

What happens? God responds by saying that He will be respected by those who approach Him.

When we invent our own styles of worship, all of a sudden we are putting our name on the same line as God. All of a sudden, God ‘shares’ glory with a designer. Do you remember God’s description of himself in the second commandment? He said, “I am a jealous God.” This applies also to the fact that He will not share His glory with anyone when it comes to worship.

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