Chapter 15 | …To Proclaim The Gospel…
Do you ever wonder, while you’re singing in church, “Why am I singing this?” I do…even while I’m leading others in singing. I think the longer one is part of a local body of believers there is a tendency for redundant religiosity and faux worship – whether it is through song, prayer, communion, fellowship with others…as much as people like consistency it can be the consistency that erodes the genuineness.
I’ve been reading Kauflin’s book, Worship Matters, and chapter 15 is an awesome reminder of why we (as believers) do what we do and why worship leaders must not lose heart or focus in what it is they are doing.
He starts out the chapter asking, “Why proclaim scriptural truths we’ve previously heard an already know?” Even though it is hard to admit, deep down inside I think that. I’ve heard this before. I’ve sung this before. I’ve been singing the same song for over twenty years! Kauflin answers his own question and encourages the Christian, “Because we forget. We lose track of who God is and what he’s done.”
That’s why we do what we do. That’s what worship leaders need to remember. Remember that people forget…people forget about the most important thing in the universe – Christ! They forget about how He lived, why He died – about His power and place. God knew we would need to proclaim it to help keep it first in our lives. He also knew that proclaiming it would enhance our lives and comfort our souls.
That’s why I am so scared that I could be leading more of a religious system and corporate worship times that are obviously more about traditions rather than about Christ. Bob Kauflin writes,
“If that’s not happening [proclaiming the gospel] in our churches, it could be because people don’t understand how Jesus’ dying for their sins affects the rest of their life. They’re unclear on how to apply the gospel to their lives. Maybe they see the gospel as something only for unbelievers or new Christians. They’re fine with singing about it in church, but they don’t understand how it applies to the rest of the week.”
He goes on to give examples of how the Gospel is specifically connected to life dealing with our Sin, Suffering, Sanctification & Relationships With Others. It’s easy to forget that Christ is, “the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent,” (Colossians 1:18) and that it doesn’t impact just one aspect of our lives (religion) but that He is first in everything. And that’s why we proclaim the Gospel.
Kauflin reminds me why I do what I do – that as we (God’s people) deal with life, with the lies of the world and our own tendency to forget about our first love,
“we gather as the church to proclaim the truth. We gather to declare–to ourselves, to each other, and to God–what we know to be eternal reality. There is one God, who is sovereign over the universe and every detail of our lives. We have rebelled against him. He sent his Son to die in our place for our sins. And through Jesus Christ we have forgiveness and peace with God.”