Are You Ready?

A while back I took some time during my lunch hour to watch a Coldplay show. I have to say that Coldplay is an extremely talented, entertaining group. Here were my takeaways:

1. Great songwriting.
2. These guys can inspire people.
3. The creativity in this show is stellar.
4. The people in the crowd know how to worship.

The crowd/audience at this show was going absolutely nuts for Coldplay. They were singing every word to every song. They would even keep singing when the song was over!

Here is what I know about concert attendees (myself included): we show up to the venue expecting something amazing to happen. I know that’s what goes through my head when I’m waiting in line to see my favorite bands. I often ask myself, “what are they going to do that was different than last time I saw them. I wonder how they are going to incorporate their new songs…”

Here is my biggest takeaway from watching the Coldplay show– what if our worship gatherings at our churches were as powerful as this Coldplay show? No, I’m not saying that the band at your church has to sound like Coldplay, it’s not about that. I am talking more along the lines of audience/crowd participation. If Coldplay were playing to an empty stadium, this show I was watching would have been decent, but not great. The crowd singing and jumping, lifting their hands and shouting is what makes the show memorable; for the audience and for the band.

What if we arrived at our church gatherings on Sunday with this type of mindset: “God is about to do something amazing. I can’t wait to see it! God is in the house, the Holy Spirit is going to move, and lives are going to be changed through the power of Jesus Christ!”

Let’s be honest, we have more reason to celebrate than any concert attendee EVER! We get to celebrate, sing, shout, and dance for our Savior who died for our sins and is ALIVE TODAY! Jesus gets the worship and praise–not Coldplay, not any band or preacher. That alone should excite us to no end! Are you ready for Sunday?? Let’s have church!

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3 comments

  1. Terry Clayton · December 24, 2013

    Why do you have a band at all. What does the scripture say about music in the NT? All of the early church Fathers as well as early catholics only sang. Instruments were added in the sixth century. Why not just follow the Bible?

    • chasegentes · December 25, 2013

      Interesting question. I think the best thing for the Church is to use music to our advantage in reaching more people with the Gospel. We know that music has a profound affect on people, so we should use this to bring glory to Jesus.

      We do so many things differently than the early church, but I honestly believe that if we lift the name of Jesus and make much of Him– everything else is secondary.

      • Jonathan · December 28, 2013

        You mention twice in that short comment “I” think and believe, but what is it that God wants? John 14:15 it says that Jesus stated, ““If you love me, you will obey my commandments.” So my question is this. Do we do what we think or believe or what the Lord tells us to do. His apostle Paul tells us in two places how to use music in worship and praise. In Col 2:8, “8 Be careful not to let anyone rob you of this faith through a shallow and misleading philosophy. Such a person follows human traditions and the world’s way of doing things rather than following Christ.” God’s Word Translation
        And then in Eph 5:17-19, “17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,” NASB

        So the Lord tells us to sing to one another. Not to follow human traditions.
        1 Cor 14:15, “What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also.” NASB

        I just want to follow God. If I follow His words and His will I can know I will go to heaven. If I think I can add or subtract from His words then I will fail. By using other forms of music you are putting your desire in front of God. A dangerous place to be.

        In His Love,
        Terry

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