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Examining the Gift of Worship
Christ has one mystical body in this world and it is made up of all who follow him (Eph 4:4). But, because we come from different tribes, tongues, and nations, Christ’s body is very diverse. The Spirit utilizes this diversity by granting differing gifts to each member of the body so those gifts might be utilized to make the body whole (Eph 4:7, 11-13).
While the broader body of Christ is meant to be whole, we believe each local expression of Christ’s body—that is, the local church—is also meant to be whole. There seems to be basically five areas where each local church needs to continue to grow in its health and wholeness: the area of worship, of formation, of fellowship, of care, and of outreach.
Let’s examine more closely that first area. To worship the one true God is a great gift and privilege. In fact, because the church is a spiritual entity, if it fails in worship, it fails at being a church. And yet, for as important as worship is in the life of the local church, this is also one of its most highly divisive areas. Individuals disagree and local churches split over meanings and styles of worship. Some people prefer reverent and quiet worship, the type which allows them to hear personally from God and process their encounter with him. This is good, for even in the apostle’s letter to the Corinthian church, he acknowledges, “God is not a God of disorder, but of peace” (1 Cor 14:33). However, other people prefer to be more emotive and expressive in their worship. This is also good, as we see worship in the temple included “stringed instruments,” “trumpets,” “flutes,” “tambourines,” “clashing cymbals,” and even “dancing” (Psa 150:3-5).
The fact is, both styles of worship are appropriate and both can co-exist, as long as we recognize them as preferences. Preferences do not give us license to look down at others who have preferences different than our own, they should instead allow us to understand each other better and learn new ways in which to worship together.
So, how are you spiritually gifted to help your local church in the area of worship? How can you encourage others whose preferences are different from your own? How is the Lord calling you to build up his body?
Let us mature together, growing and attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
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