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Elements of Worship: Humility

1 Peter 5:6 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.”  In my most recent blog we discussed the element of reverence in worship. Reverence is closely tied to another element that must be present for true worship to occur: humility. Humility may be the most important element for any worshiper to possess. James…

Elements of Worship: Reverence

A few weeks ago I wrote about joy being essential to biblical worship. To understand the type of joy that true worship requires, one has to consider another essential element: reverence. Dictionary.com defines reverence as “an attitude of deep respect tinged with awe.” The Bible tells us in several passages to show reverence in our worship (Hebrews 12:8; Psalm 5:7), but to…

Worship Forever

Heaven lives in a perpetual state of worship. Revelation 4 tells us that there are always four creatures flying around the throne of God, and that day and night they never stop saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come.” Every time they say this, 24 Elders that surround the throne fall down…

Why do We Sing in Church?

Why do we sing songs at church? Ask people and the answers will vary wildly: to worship God; to praise God; because we love Jesus; because the church makes us sing… Interestingly enough, I can’t ever remember hearing what I feel is the best answer. We sing in church because the Bible tells us to sing. The Bible tells us over and…

You Are the Worship Team

You are the worship team. The corporate you. It’s not the band, the leader or any of the people holding microphones. Don’t get me wrong, they are part of the team, but ultimately, we want every person who walks into the building to feel they are part of the worship. We’ve tried over the years to break the mindset of worship team…

How Do We Pick Our Songs Each Sunday?

How do we pick songs at Journey Church? The easy answer is that the worship leader picks the song for the set and runs them by the Director of Worship and/or the Pastor. The reality is that there are several factors involved. First and foremost is prayer. This goes way beyond asking God, “What songs should I pick?” I ask this often,…

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