Worship on Mission

by Nov 2, 2017

Sometimes we forget that Jesus never said, “Go and make great worship services.” What He actually said was, “Go and make disciples!” It is easy to get off mission when it comes to worship gatherings. How do you know when your worship service has gotten off-line with the mission of making disciples? Here are few key signs that your worship service is no longer lining up with the mission of making disciples.

When the worship service is the end in itself! I have been in some awesome worship services that never gave me a next step toward becoming a fully trained disciple. Providing a powerful worship experience without giving people a next step in becoming a disciple is a worship service that is no longer connected to the mission of making disciples.

When the worship service becomes mostly about you! I have heard every complaint in the book when it comes to worship services. I’m not joking. If there is something about a worship service that someone can gripe about I have heard it over the last thirty years of ministry. Let me make something very clear: the kind of worship that most pleases God is the kind of worship that draws more people, and leads more people into a disciple making process. If your worship service is not helping produce disciples, it does not matter how much you like it, or don’t like it. Christ is not pleased with any worship service that does not fit in a process of helping disconnected people become fully trained disciples that look and act like Jesus.

When you worship the worship! I know this sounds strange, but sometimes people love to worship more than they love the God they are supposed to be worshipping. You see, contrary to popular opinion, the thing that brings God great glory is not a cool worship service. The thing that brings God great glory is accomplishing His mission: the mission of making disciples. In John 17:4, Jesus said, “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” Jesus is telling God that He brought Him glory by fulfilling His mission. That mission was to make disciples, and start a movement of disciple making. The mission was never to have awesome worship services. In John 15:8 Jesus said, “This is to my father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, proving yourselves to be my disciples.” When you love the God you are worshipping, you will want to bring Him glory by doing the work of making disciples.

Impact Ministries exists to help people and churches stay on mission. If we can assist you, or help you learn more about fulfilling the mission of multiplying disciples, you can discover more at impactdisciples.com.

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