Many churches have adopted this mind-set in their practice of membership and discipline—if they have not done away with such structures entirely. So how should churches receive and dismiss members? How should Christians view their submission to the church? Are there dangers in such submission? To obey His words is to obey Him.
To ignore His words is to ignore Him. God Acts through His Word. He acts in three ways: He creates, He sustains, and He both establishes and breaks relationships. It produces worship, obedience, communion, and disciples. Father, Son, and Spirit wonderfully conspire to pour forth their power through speech, to accomplish their single will through words.
Dear pastor, remember what you are: a minister of the word. Give yourself over to the study of this word. I love 9Marks. They write,.
They will have to try things that might seem strange or unnatural for people who are accustomed to sitting quietly and watching the performance on stage. Here are a few tips, many of which, no doubt, fall into the realm of prudence. All 18 are sound, but here are two of my favorites:. Here is a general not absolute principle: the more a song depends on the musical accompaniment and cannot be sung by a couple of children in the car on the way home, the more performance-oriented and less congregational it probably is.
Congregational songs tend to have singable and memorable melodies. Just because a Christian artist has created something wonderful does not mean it is appropriate for the congregation. The melody may not be very melodic. It may be too high, too low, or wide of range.
It may be too complex through bridges, tags, or multiple keys. Such music might sound wonderful with the recorded accompaniment. Maybe the praise band can perform it just fine. Regularly remind the congregation that they are the primary instrument in corporate worship. Ultimately, congregational singing should be as natural as words of awe before an unusual sunset, or words of mourning with a hurting friend. Still, congregations must be taught that it is their responsibility to sing, and to teach one another through song.
They must be taught to gather expecting to sing. Head on over to the 9Marks site and read all 18 for yourself.
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When we love…. We learn when we listen. We look for what persons can teach us about themselves…about their family…. Shepherding is less about solving problems…. Shepherding is more about respecting the person, honoring their integrity, allowing them to teach us. We live in humility. Leading is puzzling…. Leading is not telling, not advice pressing. Our conversation is mutual, give and take, gentle and searching.
God invites us to shepherd the person, not come up with a plan. His strong shield protects me. His singing sword leads me. I will be victorious. The Lord is a Great King. His dominions stretch for ever. His fields and flocks are boundless. His cities and ports are splendid. I will be wealthy.
The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me by still waters He restores my soul. Shepherding is the deed of the creed. Hope Shepherding is a sacrament. An act of shepherding is an act of grace, compassion, community, and hope. In the act of shepherding, we experience the grace of God.
We share compassion. We are community. We live in hope. Welcoming Stirring…. Welcoming Page 25 Stirring…. Helping Page Helping Power of Service. Helping Power of Service Balance of Service. There is a correlation between worship attendance and giving. The stronger the parking, the stronger the attendance, the stronger the giving.
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Hospitality, thoughtfulness, and welcoming are evidenced by providing adequate parking. When we share three services of worship, we triple our parking. An act of worship is an act of grace, compassion, community, and hope. In the act of worship, we experience the grace of God. Kindle Edition.
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