The Doctor's Office

Some random thoughts by Dr. Greg Pouncey, Senior Pastor at First Baptist Tillman's Corner. My PhD degree doesn't mean I am smarter than you; it means I can stick to something for a long time!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Worshiping Worship?

One of the dangerous trends in the church that I have noticed over the past decade is the exaltation of worship to the highest place of honor in the church. John Piper is right when he says that worship will outlast evangelism, and that worship is the fuel for evangelism. However, many in the church have started to worship worship!

The worship style, kinds of songs that are sung, and setting in which worship takes place have become more important than the God we worship. People leave church and "evaluate" the worship as if they were Ebert & Roeper. I liked that sermon. The music was too loud. We sang some great choruses today. Could it be that the services which we give two thumbs up may be dishonoring to God (as in Malachi)? Or could the very services that we say are boring and give two thumbs down end up being the ones that honor God?

Our consumer mentality should be checked in the foyer/nave/welcome center or whatever we call the area entering into the church. Worship will be so much better when we stop worshiping worship and start worshiping God.


Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

I like what John Maxwell says... He goes to Northpoint but doesn't care for their music. He goes because God is working there. He says he listens to the type of music he likes when he gets in his car.

That said, I do believe we need to find ways to connect with people through various types of music.

Great stuff!

11:02 PM  
Blogger Neil Elmore said...

Wow I couldnt agree more. I am guilty of this just as much as anyone. This is something that I struggle with. Songs are not worship. I think that songs are only a tool that we use to express ourselves. Sometimes we get too attached to one style of music, and we begin to think that is the one that is "the most worshipful" God doesnt care how we sing to him.

3:01 PM  
Blogger greg said...

Is it important what John Maxwell thinks of the music or is it more important what God thinks of the music? And does God care more about the style of the song or the heart of the singer. The music doesn't have to connect with people as much as it has to connect them to God.

Styles of music vary from culture to culture and generation to generation. The mark of maturity is to worship God in whatever setting you find yourself in at the moment.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

I don't think God cares about the style. He cares about our hearts. Plus worship should be our lifestyle. Worship should be everything we do.

5:00 PM  
Blogger greg said...

Good point, Kevin. Worship from a life not dedicated to God means nothing.

5:03 PM  

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