This week, the three worship leaders from Emmanuel (Dan, Jason and myself), are heading to Louisville, KY for the Doxology&Theology conference. I’m excited that we’ll have a chance to hang out and laugh together, but also to think deeply and theologically about what we do each weekend (doxology). I won’t agree with everything the speakers say, but this is another attempt for our worship pastors to dig into HIS WORD and apply it to OUR WALK.
One of the speakers has written this, which sums up why we are going…
One of the greatest needs of the modern church is theologically driven worship leaders. The church is starving for worship leaders who will teach them to sing about the great gospel of Christ in all its richness. This need for theologically driven worship leaders exists in large part because many believe that worship leadership and theological aptitude are mutually exclusive…because of this, our churches are limping along with people who do not understand that the greatest truths of the gospel have always been designed to cause the greatest praise.*
That is why we try to teach about the songs we sing when we introduce them. We want everyone to know what we are singing and why we are singing it. Pastor John Piper writes,
Truth without emotion produces dead orthodoxy and a church full (or half-full) of artificial admirers. On the other hand, emotion without truth produces empty frenzy and cultivates shallow people who refuse the discipline of rigorous thought. But true worship comes from people who are deeply emotional and who love deep and sound doctrine. Strong affections for God rooted in truth are the bone marrow of biblical worship. **
Let that be said of us! My hope for myself and for all of us is that we will be people who deeply love the Lord AND HIS WORD, and because of that worship God with emotion in our services.
This is part of a two part series. Click here for part 2!
* Matt Boswell, Doxology & Theology, 1.
**John Piper, Desiring God, 81.