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Casual Trends In Worship

November 27, 2014
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As we are developing our Christian leadership worldview, we need to take to heart that the world is dramatically changing around us.

A Leader’s Perspective – Casual Trends in Worship

As we are developing our Christian leadership worldview, we need to take to heart that the world is dramatically changing around us. The political, economic, social, technological, legal, environment, and spiritual landscapes are shifting. While we understand that change is often a good thing, we need to be on high alert that we do not let our worship become casual in nature. God wants all of us. First, he want our hearts to be changed in the likeness of his image. Second, he wants every fiber of who we are and the very essence of our being to be in a state of complete and utter worship. Yes, every action, thought, deed, motivation, and especially our worship should be in 100% alignment with God’s word. He has given us great liberty. We are no longer under the law, but under the wonderful grace of God. However, with all of that liberty comes great responsibility.

I believe that the verses below help us begin to understand what the Lord expects from us when it comes to worship.

“For brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13

“Who gave himself for us, the he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Titus 2:14

“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” Matthew 15:8

So what are some of those key learnings from the above verses?

  • We are called unto liberty

  • We are not to use liberty for fleshly desires

  • We are to love and serve one another

  • Christ redeemed us from all iniquity

  • Christ wants to purify unto himself a peculiar people

  • A people who are distinguished from the world

  • The Lord wants our hearts, not our vain and idle worship

  • The Lord wants our hearts, not a conformity to the things of this world

  • The Lord wants our hearts, not formalism

  • We are to be zealous of good works

So with that as a backdrop, we can see how casual trends in worship along with a more ritualistic and formal approach to worship could both miss the mark of God’s word if the heart is not right.

So why all of the concern with a casual approach to worship? What are some of the implications from those casual trends we see sweeping across America?

  • An effort to draw the masses with no concern for spiritual growth

  • Comes as you are, and go as you were with little evidence of spiritual growth

  • P.C. friendly churches

  • You’re ok, I’m ok, and everything goes

  • In many instances it appears to be nothing more than a social gospel

  • There is very little meat of the word being preached, as meat offends

  • Sermons have very little on the depravity of man

  • Living a disciplined Christian life is not discussed

  • Nothing being preached on the Lord our judge

  • It is predominantly a grace only message

  • It has a seeker friendly orientation

  • An overall lack of reverence for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

  • The Bible teaching and preaching does not melt and crush people like it used to because of cold and callous hearts

  • We see a club and society mentality vs. worshipping and glorifying God

  • We see luke-warm Christians with luke-warm standards

The thing that most amazes me about the Bible is how balanced it is with the principles, promises, and precepts written.  He is a God of love, of righteous judgment, and he is concerned with our hearts. He wants us to worship him with our whole hearts. He wants all fleshly and selfish motivations removed. He wants us to be separate and distinguishable from the world by purifying us. A Christian leader must desire to stand tall in the face of adversity!

 


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