The aim of the Worship Ministries at
Glory of Christ is to exalt the glory of God in the eyes of his people that
they might see, sing, seek, and submit to him. First, the foundation
of all true worship is the sight of the glory of God in the face of Jesus
Christ because Jesus Christ is the only way, truth, and life (2 Cor 4:1-6, John
14:6). True worship emerges from a heart that has encountered the living God.
Thus, the calling of all involved in our Worship Ministries is to exalt the
glory of God in Jesus Christ as high as they possibly can that his people might
enter into communion with him.
the sight of the glory of God in the face of Christ naturally evokes expression
to God. The gift of singing was given that we might give tangible release to
the deepest feelings of our hearts, and when a heart beholds the glory of God
in some measure it cannot help but sing to him. Therefore, one of the reasons
we are called to exalt God in the sight of his people is to call forth
heart-felt expression from them. In other words, the display of the glory of
God is not intended to inspire us to analyze him but rather to praise him. The
heart of a true worshiper is much more akin to that of a lover than a scholar.
Third, the purpose of such heart-felt
expression is to inspire a heart after God. That is, as God’s people catch
sight of his glory and express their passion to him in song, they ought to want
more of him. They ought to be inspired to re-think their way of life, to make
more room for seeking the God they love. Thus, our hope is not to have good
worship services but to inspire God’s people to seek him with all of their
hearts, all the days of their lives.
Fourth, seeking God consummates in submission
to God. True worship inspires true worshipers to obey their Father’s commands,
and this is the height of worship. The word “worship” in both Hebrew and Greek
literally means “to bow down” or “to lie prostrate before.” It is used both to
describe moments of worship and a life lived before God.
Thus, true worship is
bowing before the Lord with our lips and with our lives. It’s bowing our bodies
before him in worship, and bowing our wills before him in obedience. Both are
important aspects of worship but obedience is of paramount importance. We get
this from texts like Isaiah 29:13, 58:1-14, and Amos 5:21-24 which variously
rebuke the people of Israel for going through the motions of worship while
living lives of disobedience. It is possible to live lives of obedience without
much expressing our praise to God but it is impossible to live lives of
disobedience and please him in any way.
In sum, our desire for the Worship Ministries of
Glory of Christ is not simply to provide moving experiences but to enter into
life-shaping encounters with God. Every worship event should move every soul to
seek hard after God and ultimately submit their lives to him. Of course, we
cannot control the outcomes of our common ministry, and yet it should be of
such a quality that the potential for every soul to be transformed is there.
And that potential is simply the fruit of hearts that strive by the strength of
Christ to exalt the glory of God in the eyes of his people that they might see,
sing, seek, and submit to him.