Archive for January, 2010

Unquenchable Worshiper: Introduction

Posted in Worship Thoughts on January 13, 2010 by Brian Jarvis

So, Phillip (Student Pastor) has encouraged me to reread “Unquenchable Worshiper” by Matt Redman, to really go back to the heart of worship in my own life. So this has led me to write a series of blogs on the parts that really stand out to me.

So I’ll begin with the introduction. Chapter 1: Unquenchable Worshiper….

An Unquenchable Worshiper is fueled “from a heart so amazed by God and His wonders that it burns a love that will not be extinguished. It survives any situation and lives through any circumstance. It will not allow itself to be quenched, for that would heap insult on the love it lives in response to.”

“The Heart of God loves the offerings of a persevering worshiper. Though overwhelmed by many troubles, they are even more overwhelmed by the beauty of God.”

“The revelation of God is the fuel for the fire of our worship”

“Every breath we breathe is a reminder of our maker, and every hour holds the possibility of living in His presence.”

It’s important to remember that “The heart of worship is fueled by essential things, such as reading God’s Word, praying to Him, and going to church to share fellowship together.”

Isn’t it so true, that most of the time, when we find that our worshipful hearts are dried up, it is because we haven’t been fueling the fire? It’s so crucial that we set aside time to soak ourselves under the showers of God’s revelation!

I want to close with this final quote:

“But if we can find space to soak ourselves in God’s Word, His presence, His creation and spend time with other believers, then we’ll find that the revelation floods back into our lives; and our hearts will respond with a blaze of worship once more.”

Hope you find this encouraging and challenging to really go deep into the Word and spend some time soaking in all that God has done for you, before you lead, play, or participate in the next worship service. What a difference it will make!


Talent vs. Character

Posted in Worship Thoughts on January 11, 2010 by Brian Jarvis

So, the last few months have been great but also very challenging. I find myself at a crossroads between who I am, who I’ve become, and who I need to be. The internal struggle I’ve been wrestling with is the tug-of-war between “Brian the musician” and “Brian the worship leader”.

You see, it’s very easy for the musician side to take over in this situation, because for me, before I was a worship leader, I was a musician! This situation usually is discussed in the form of post-worship sets. The question is asked, “Did the congregation really enter into the presence of God or were they influenced and manipulated by the music?”

I know personally, I am very quick to say that a set was good, because my band was tight or the transitions were smooth. But know I think God is trying to teach me that something is missing, because the fact is, the band is tight, transitions are good, but the congregation isn’t entering in.

Now, it is very possible that the band and the worship leader are doing everything possible to help lead the church into worship, but the church just isn’t going to go for it. But there is a sense of responsible on the part of the worship leader to LEAD the people, and if he is focusing more on the music or the band, then that’s his fault. Believe me, I’m speaking from first hand experience!!! This is something I still am working on from time to time.

The desire for “musical” perfection can sometimes overpower and pollute the integrity and spiritual side of a worship service.

Most of the time, it isn’t intentional, but it happens quite often! Don’t get me wrong, God deserves excellence in everything! The worship service should be the best it can be! We should go above and beyond for our God, but we MUST make sure that you are spending EQUAL time preparing your heart for GOD to move the church, not the music!

Andy Stanley said a powerful quote the other day…
“Your talent and drive has the potential to sweep you past what your character can maintain.”

Basically, I’m saying… make sure you’re spending equal time, if not more time, on preparing you and your band (or staff) spiritually, as much as the production side of your services. Students and adults can see straight through a smile and a rehearsed or profound word.