At Bethel Church in Redding I had the opportunity to experience a new level of worship that they have regularly in Redding. As amazing as it was, I was quite surprised at the fairly youthful nature of the team. At first I thought to myself, “Well these guys just have more experience than most churches.” But then it dawned on me, how much experience could they really have? After all, some of these leaders are in their early 20s. So what’s the x-factor that they have that other churches are missing?
To first overstate the obvious, this is first and foremost, passionate praise. I think that’s what draws me to it so intensely. Be honest, does your worship team sing songs or do they truly worship? And when they worship, do they do so with passion? Where is this sort of passion in the rest of the church for worship? I would think that if you were a musician, you would be deeply passionate about music.
I have attended many sporting events in my life. When I go, I see deeply passionate fans of their teams and the sport. Likewise, I have attended dozens of churches, but rarely have I ever seen the same passion for praise and worship as is expressed in the everyday sporting event. Is it just me, or do beer toting rednecks have more passion for football than Christians have for worship?
Second, there has to be a culture of freedom for expression in a church where this sort of praise can occur. Without freedom, much would not happen and it takes secure leadership to recognize where more freedom needs to be released so an outpouring of the Holy Spirit can occur through whatever means.
I believe we need more of this sort of worship in church. I understand some churches are far more conservative than this, but then again, many churches are also more lifeless than others as well.
If we want business as usual in church and want to continue to go each week without having an experience with the Holy Spirit, then by all means, we shouldn’t change a thing. But I personally believe there is much, much more and we can either go for it, or stay where we’re at and remain unchanged as a body of believers.
Isn’t it time we upgrade our worship?
Give a listen to these clips. I hope they stir your spirit as much as they stir mine.