As I write this article, we are in the Eastertide season, the 50 days between Resurrection Sunday and Pentecost. One of the traditional stories that would be preached during this season is the “Great Commandment” that Jesus gave for his followers to “go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19).
A disciple is a believer who is growing in his faith and his love for Jesus on an on-going basis. She is a learner who is in a lifelong process of maturing and being transformed by the Lord.
Note: This is a guest post I wrote for the Seedbed Worship Design Collective, you can find the original article here.
In this series we’re looking at Five Epic Worship Fails from scripture, what we can learn from them, and how we can apply their lessons in our lives and ministry. Make sure you read the Introduction first! http://www.robstill.com/five-epic-worship-fails-and-what-we-can-learn-from-them/
Epic Fail Number One: The Story of Cain & Able (Genesis 4)
Background of the story. We are at the beginning of the story of God. He’s created the world in Genesis 1 and 2. He’s created Adam and Eve, they’ve already sinned and been kicked out of the garden of Eden. Now they have their first children, Cain and Abel.
Abel was a herdsman and Cain a farmer. Cain brought an offering to God from the produce of his farm.
Abel also brought an offering, but from the firstborn animals of his herd, “choice cuts of meat”.
Cain brought fruits and vegetables whereas Able offered steak and hamburgers.
The scripture then says that “God liked Abel and his offering, but Cain and his offering didn’t get his approval.” Genesis 4:5
Why would God except one offering and reject the other? What’s up with that?
Does God like barbecue more than salads?
Now let’s look at the rest of the story.
[Note: This is a 6 part blog series based on a recent webinar workshop I taught for WorshipTeamCoach.com entitled “Five Epic Worship Fails and we can learn from them.” It is intended to be used as a biblical training resource for your worship team. These are offered as a series of short videos (5 to 10 minutes each) with a study guide and questions you can use to facilitate conversations for growth. You can find that a replay of the original webinar and a link the resource here: Five Epic Worship Fails Replay. ]
In the series we will look at Five Epic Worship Fails from scripture, what we can learn from them, and how we can apply their lessons in our lives and ministry.
Jesus spoke these words to his closest friends who simply did not have the energy to pray through the night with him.
“Could you not tarry with me for even an hour? ” He asked.
I love the song “Create In Me A Clean Heart” by Keith Green. I was not aware of his music until after he died. A friend in college gave me a tape (yes, a cassette tape – it was a long time ago). I was ignited, and did not listen to anything but Keith Green music for the next six months.
Jesus offered these prophetic words in order to prepare his people for what was to come so they would not be surprised.
The academics, “religious scholars”, i.e. Sadducees and Pharisees, were grilling Jesus, trying to trip him up with a trick question.
“Which is most important of all the commandments?”
His answer was disarmingly simple and common sense for a good Jewish boy.
I love the vast majority of Eugene Peterson’s translation in The Message and find it very down to earth and helpful.
But sometimes the word choices in the Psalms seemed a little odd to me. But I absolutely love, love, love the words he used in Psalm 47, verse 6-7:
Sing your best songs to God!
Amen and amen!
Have faith in God.
That is the hinge mindset. The hinge that opens and closes doors of destiny.
I’m not talking about “faith” that everything is going to be OK.
The good leaders, the best leaders, care more about you than they do themselves. They serve, and to serve well, they must sell well.
Everybody sells. You may not call it that, but if you’re trying to share your feelings, your ideas or to persuade, teach, inform, encourage, correct, ect. – all the objectives of communication – then, you’re selling.
If that tweaks you out, puh-lease, get over it.
Today is election day in Tennessee where I live. I’m hoping this scripture will prove prophetic for my favorite candidate, who does not happen to be in first place. 🙂
A key value of the kingdom of God is that “the least of these” will be promoted to the place of prominence in Gods economy.
So if you’re the “little guy”, take heart – your time just may come. And if you are “the king of the mountain”, take heart – and be humble – your time will come also.