• Moving worship from being a musical performance to becoming Spirit-filled

    Worship is so much more than music, even music that uses the name of Jesus or espouses correct theology. Worship is the pouring out of our lives out at Jesus’ feet. If we are to see our churches become all that God has called them to be, it is vital we understand what our worship should be in church, its importance and how to enable that worship. One of the most common mistakes that we make as a church is that rather than allowing the worship and music to lead us into the presence of God and towards Jesus, we instead produce a musical performance, albeit a very professional looking…

  • Pursuing Holiness

    In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. (2 Tim 2:20-21.) In these verses from 2 Timothy God is talking about His church. Within His church are two types of people. The first are those made of wood and clay. They are made of common material and are not special. The second type of people are those made of gold and silver, made…

  • The Heart of Worship

    Worship is the act of surrendering before God. It is the process by which we lay our lives upon God’s altar and offer ourselves to Him. This is where we decide to pay the cost to follow Jesus, and it is the beginning of our journey of follow Him. We cannot follow Jesus without understanding and basing our lives upon the act of worship. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship.” (Rom 12:1.) In authentic worship, we do not simply sing about Jesus, but we minister…

  • Reckless Love?

    The song “Reckless Love” has become a phenomena within the church of late, and for quite understandable reasons. It is a fact that it is very well written musically, but more than that, it appeals to our sense of what many of us believe God to be and the dynamics of our relationship with Him. It is one of the simplest things in the world to sit behind a computer and throw out criticism of something that is popular, and this is something that I have always tried to avoid. It is far easier to criticise others than to build ourselves. However, I believe that there are major issues with…

  • The Cost of Following Jesus

    “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Mat 16:24. The call to follow Jesus is a far greater undertaking than many of our churches preach. Ever since the reformation, the church has quite rightly developed in its understanding of salvation by grace rather than by works. This correction has been vital to a church which had become twisted in preaching absolution of sins through payments to the church and other similar falsehoods. However, as we move further into the 21st century, there has become a misunderstanding of what that grace is or how it…

  • Pure Love

    “Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matt 22:34-40.) Love is  the most fundamental part of our calling. Our love for God and our desire to follow Him must always be our first goal,…

  • Understanding the Role of the Shepherd

    “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) The purpose of a shepherd is to lead us the correct way. Jesus takes on the title of a shepherd because He is the Way. He leads us the only true way that is towards the Father: “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6.) Jesus releases His character and His purpose throughout His body, so although He is The Shepherd, that does not negate the need for and the calling of earthly shepherds, (the title…

  • Seeking and Finding

    “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jer 29:13.) It is commonly asked by Christians, “what is God’s will for my life?” I believe that all Christians should be so rooted in Jesus that we know who we are and what He is calling us into, but the fact that there is so much uncertainty reveals a church with a lack depth of relationship with God and what He is saying to us. Jesus is The Rock, (Matt 21:44,) and a life that is built upon Him can never be shaken or blown off-course. As true as this is, there is little…

  • Discipleship

    “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt 28:19-20.) Before Jesus was taken up into heaven, He left His disciples with His final instructions known as the “great commission.” The instructions He left were clear, to make disciples and to teach them to obey everything that Jesus has commanded. This commission is often taken as meaning to make converts to Christianity, and although that is part of the…