It is cinco de Mayo. For those of us at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, this means the official last day of classes for the semester, and the looming dread of finals week which begins on Monday. I probably should be studying, but I am at work, where I can only concentrate in spurts, so I generally read blogs or short prose. I am reading a collection of sermons by A.W. Tozer entitled Whatever Happened to Worship? It has been a blessing. In a sermon entitled "Born to Worship God," Tozer preaches from Genesis 3 on the fall of Adam and Eve. In it, Tozer characterizes the world as a man with amnesia who can't put his finger on who he's supposed to be. He moves to revelation and the Gospel and makes an interesting statement about the Church's purpose. Below is the quote in context:
I think that nearly everyone would agree with this after a few moments thought. I am a worship leader, studying worship and thinking always about corporate and private worship, so I agree quickly. But I think that, while we all may agree that this is the reason the church exists, we all live a different existence . I wonder if our children and teens were asked why the church exists, whether their immediate response would be that the church (Christ's body) exists for all eternity to worship and give glory and praise to God.
As a worship minister how does this effect the lengths I will go to to preserve and strengthen worship in my church?
"Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." 1 cor. 10:31