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SUNDAY SETLISTS – 25 NOV 2012

by on Nov.26, 2012, under Worship

‘TRINITY therefore WORSHIP’ Series

 

Week 6/6 – Trinity: Provides Power To Worship

Bible Reading – (Ephesians 3:14-21)

 

Below is the setlist for 25 November 2012:

10am:

1. Praise Him (Hillsong)

2. Holy Holy Holy (Traditional/spch)

3. 10,000 Reasons

4. So We Would Know Our God (spch)

5/7pm:

1. Holy Holy Holy (Traditional/spch)

2. Desert Song (Hillsong)

3. So We Would Know Our God (spch); My Soul Thirsts (spch) – Bridge only

4. How Great Thou Art (Traditional)

 

This is a weekly post, as part of the Sunday Setlists initiative:

http://www.theworshipcommunity.com/sunday-setlists-227/

 

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BOOK REVIEW: WORSHIP MATTERS (Part 4)

by on Nov.25, 2012, under Worship

WORSHIP MATTERS by Bob Kauflin is a ‘must read’ and then ‘must apply’ for any Christian in the creative arts. Whether you serve in the music, production or creative team, the insights in this book are profound and practical.

 

REVIEWS:

“Bob loves God, values theology, and cares about people. This mix is found throughout this wonderful and helpful book. Worship Matters will inspire you as a worshiper and spur you on as a leader of worship.”
Matt Redman

“Bob Kauflin is teaching a new generation to take corporate worship seriously in a fashion that is simultaneously biblically faithful and addressing today’s culture.”
D. A. Carson

 

 

In this series, I am sharing 4 short videos that outline the 4 chapters in WORSHIP MATTERS.

 

Part 4: RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS

Bob Kauflin discusses the importance of a worship leader’s relationships.

 

Go to Part 1, or Part 2, or Part 3 in the series.

 

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BOOK REVIEW: WORSHIP MATTERS (Part 3)

by on Nov.23, 2012, under Worship

WORSHIP MATTERS by Bob Kauflin is a ‘must read’ and then ‘must apply’ for any Christian in the creative arts. Whether you serve in the music, production or creative team, the insights in this book are profound and practical.

 

REVIEWS:

“Bob loves God, values theology, and cares about people. This mix is found throughout this wonderful and helpful book. Worship Matters will inspire you as a worshiper and spur you on as a leader of worship.”
Matt Redman

“Bob Kauflin is teaching a new generation to take corporate worship seriously in a fashion that is simultaneously biblically faithful and addressing today’s culture.”
D. A. Carson

 

 

In this series, I am sharing 4 short videos that outline the 4 chapters in WORSHIP MATTERS.

 

Part 3: HEALTHY TENSIONS

Bob Kauflin explains how understanding the healthy tensions of worship can help a church avoid the “worship wars.”

 

Stay tuned for Part 4 in the series.

Link to Part 1 and Part 2

 

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BOOK REVIEW: WORSHIP MATTERS (Part 2)

by on Nov.22, 2012, under Worship

WORSHIP MATTERS by Bob Kauflin is a ‘must read’ and then ‘must apply’ for any Christian in the creative arts. Whether you serve in the music, production or creative team, the insights in this book are profound and practical.

 

REVIEWS:

“Bob loves God, values theology, and cares about people. This mix is found throughout this wonderful and helpful book. Worship Matters will inspire you as a worshiper and spur you on as a leader of worship.”
Matt Redman

“Bob Kauflin is teaching a new generation to take corporate worship seriously in a fashion that is simultaneously biblically faithful and addressing today’s culture.”
D. A. Carson

 

 

In this series, I will share 4 short videos that outline the 4 chapters in WORSHIP MATTERS.

 

Part 2: THE TASK

Bob Kauflin suggests a biblical “job description” for a worship leader:

 

Stay tuned for Part’s 3 and 4 in the series.

Back to Part 1

 

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BOOK REVIEW: WORSHIP MATTERS (Part 1)

by on Nov.21, 2012, under Worship

WORSHIP MATTERS by Bob Kauflin is a ‘must read’ for any Christian in the creative arts. Whether you serve in the music, production or creative team, the insights in this book are profound and practical.

As a way of investing in new leaders, I personally gift them a copy of Kauflin’s book. It reinforces the values we have at spch and gives them a solid foundation for biblical worship.

REVIEWS:

“Bob loves God, values theology, and cares about people. This mix is found throughout this wonderful and helpful book. Worship Matters will inspire you as a worshiper and spur you on as a leader of worship.”
Matt Redman

“Bob Kauflin is teaching a new generation to take corporate worship seriously in a fashion that is simultaneously biblically faithful and addressing today’s culture.”
D. A. Carson

 

 

In this series, I will share 4 short videos that outline the 4 chapters in WORSHIP MATTERS.

 

Part 1: THE LEADER

Bob Kauflin describes what God is looking for in a worship leader:

 

Stay tuned for Parts 2, Part 3 and Part 4 in the series.

 

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GODLY WISDOM. WHAT IS IT?

by on Nov.20, 2012, under Church Life, Leadership

Wisdom is defined as:

1. The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise

2. The soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of such experience, knowledge, and good judgment

‘Wisdom literature’ refers to books of the bible such as Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs. It is about how we apply the insights we have heard or have been taught, to situations in life. A distinctive characteristic of wisdom literature is the lack of a reference to Jesus or the history of salvation.

How is wisdom described in the bible?

“Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding”.

Job 28:28 (cf. Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 1:7, 9:10; Isaiah 11:2, 33:6)

In chapter 28, Job described many wonderful things. He spoke about discovery, people who have great skills and he spoke about the most beautiful things. More importantly, Job talks about the value of wisdom. Wisdom is precious, it is perfect and it is much better than anything else. Job also explains that only God knows true wisdom, the wisdom He has placed in the fabric of creation (21-27) and has revealed to humanity (v28).

For all of man’s achievements and abilities, he cannot answer the great question about the meaning and purpose of the righteous man (such as Job) who suffers. Nothing in this world can explain that. The answer to life’s great questions can only be understood by a Godly person.

Job needs to “fear the Lord” (and so do we). This is significant, because it is not only the central theme of wisdom literature, but the key to all Godly wisdom.

My prayer is that we can might always seek Godly wisdom. That we will be eager to ask God for guidance in ministry and “lean not on your own understanding.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

 

 

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SUNDAY SETLISTS – 18 NOV 2012

by on Nov.19, 2012, under Worship

‘TRINITY therefore WORSHIP’ Series

 

Week 5/6 – Trinity: Catalyses For The Run, Now

Bible Reading – (Matthew 28)

 

Below is the setlist for 18 November 2012:

10am:

1. Run (Hillsong)

2. Our God (Hillsong)

3. Holy Holy Holy (Traditional/spch)

4. Conquered It All (spch)

5/7pm:

1. You Deserve (Hillsong)

2. Holy Holy Holy (Traditional/spch)

3. Overcome (spch); Unashamed (Bridge only)

4. When I Survey (Traditional)

 

This is a weekly post, as part of the Sunday Setlists initiative:

http://www.theworshipcommunity.com/sunday-setlists-226/

 

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WHAT WOULD SATAN DO? #WWSD

by on Nov.15, 2012, under Church Life

What would Satan do? #WWSD

I mean, what sort of things characterise a persons fallen, sinful nature? This controversial topic was inspired by 2 things:

1. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

2. The popular phrase What Would Jesus Do? WWJD

 

So, what are some of the things that Satan would do? Absolutely ANYTHING to stop God’s mission to build His Church.

Here is 10 examples:

1. Your friend hasn’t been to church or small group in a few weeks. What would Satan do?

Nothing. He would be delighted

2. Christian churches are shrinking. What would Satan do?

He would grin & say “that is good. Worship ME”.

3. The bible encourages us to meet regularly. What would Satan Do?

He would avoid commitment. He is ‘too busy’ & ‘too important’ for church

4. Daily quiet time with the Lord is essential. What would Satan do?

Say, “I am far too busy to pray & read the bible”

5. The Bible is God’s inerrant Word. What would Satan Do?

Say, “don’t bother reading it, the scriptures are not relevant to us anymore”

6. You heard a rumour that’s too good to keep secret. What would Satan do?

Tell EVERYONE who has an ear to hear

7. You are tempted to rip music and/or movies. What would Satan do?

STEAL IT! Everyone does it, right?

8. You want to give a colleague constructive feedback. What would Satan do?

Tear them down, not build them up

9. You are asked to be truthful about something. What would Satan do?

LIE! The devil is the king of liars

10. A friend is down and out on their luck. What would Satan do?

Tell them to “harden up” or “build a bridge”!

 

Now, while it’s helpful to ask yourself “What would Jesus do?” in a particular situation, nothing compares to what Jesus has already DONE.

 

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SUNDAY SETLISTS – 11 NOV 2012

by on Nov.12, 2012, under Worship

‘TRINITY therefore WORSHIP’ Series

 

Week 4/6 – No Messing With The Temple

Bible Reading – (1 Corinthians 3:10-23)

 

Below is the setlist for 11 November 2012:

10am:

1. For We Are Yours (spch)

2. God Is Able (Hillsong)

3. Cornerstone (Hillsong)

4. Out Of The Dust (spch)

5/7pm:

1. No Reason To Hide (Hillsong)

2. Our God (Chris Tomlin)

3. Cornerstone (Hillsong); How He Loves Us (Chorus only)

4. Out Of The Dust (spch)

 

This is a weekly post, as part of the Sunday Setlists initiative:

http://www.theworshipcommunity.com/sunday-setlists-225/

 

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CHURCH: CORE VALUES

by on Nov.07, 2012, under Church Life

Churches exist for many reasons. I would argue that there are atleast 3 ‘Core Values’ that an evangelical, Christ focused church should be exhibiting:

1. EVANGELISM

Christians are called to share the ‘good news’ of the gospel. Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:35-38

2. DISCIPLESHIP

Helping people in their spiritual growth from young to mature Christians is another vital component of healthy churches. Believers are transformed into the likeness of Christ by the power of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:11-17)

3. MISSION

This has two parts. God is the God of justice and justification, so mission includes:

i) Caring for the poor and the marginalised in the local community and the wider church

ii) Supporting missionaries who take the gospel to other parts of the country and/or world

Jesus endorses each of these activities in The Great Commission when He said, “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28).

Questions such as how and where these 3 activities occur will be different for each church.

At spch, our mission is to BRING-BUILD-SEND:

BRING – bringing people TO Jesus

BUILD – building people UP in Jesus

SEND – sending people out FOR Jesus

These 3 over-arching verbs mirror the ‘Core Values’ suggested above. Are there any others?

 

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