Gospel Music Brings Souls to God Not to Entertain part 4

WE ARE THE MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL THROUGH MUSIC.  

Fifthly, you need to prepared for the ministry you are called into, you preparation is very important to the music ministry that is committed into your hands by God, your preparation both in the spiritual and physical will determine how far you will go in the music ministry, when our Lord Jesus Christ want to start His ministry He uses 30years to prepare for His ministry of three and the half years and till now we are still reaping the fruit of His ministry.
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David also was busy for so many years preparing for the leadership position that he did not aware of by tending the flock of his father Jesse, you need to prepare yourself and lay your hands on the best materials you know for your singing ministry, wisdom is what you come to this world with and education is what you receive from your teacher, you need to fine tune your voice (your vocal cord), buy books on music like music theory , read gospel music literatures, if you have the funds of going to the music school for further studies on music please go, learn how to sight sing and sight read, go for training attend seminars or conferences of music, on gospel music, worship training, attend meaningful concerts, listen to tapes and CDs, have a good and Godly gospel music ministers as your mentor and you wait for the time of your manifestation, the time of your waiting is the time of your preparation.

Your rehearsal is very important, try to rehearse with musical instrument for hours every day, there is nothing wrong for you to know very well what you are called to do, if you are call to sing you must make sure know how to sing very well even the bible talks about singing skillfully and playing skillfully, if you are interested in playing musical instrument make sure you know how to play it very well, don’t just know how to play 145 chords and say that I have known everything and go out there to display.

When you are still under preparation don’t be in hast to manifest your song or to play because there is time for everything, time to prepare and time to manifest, David did not manifest before his time, he did not in hast in becoming what God want him to become but he always waits for divine introduction to the king Saul, because he is king Saul’s amour bearer, he’s always go to the battle with him. David did not practice the harp for money or to prove that he is good but he uses his gift to please God and to worship God. It is good principle for us to wait for God to open the doors to minister rather than trying to force the door open by ourselves; each of us must wait on the Lord for that introduction, rather shouting out to try to attract the attention of others.

One of my mentors in gospel music, Morris Chapman said in a book that I read “Things They Didn’t Teach Me in Worship Leading School” that; “Most people think of as a fluent writer and a good poet. However, they do not know English was one of my poorest subjects in school, I never enjoyed reciting poetry in front of the class and I dropped out of school in the tenth grade. Beyond this, I’ve never had any vocal, musical or writing training, (don’t let that stop you from learning to read or write and play by music. I’d also encourage you to learn to play by ear even if you can read music)”.

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Gospel Music Brings Souls to God Not to Entertain part 3

We are the ministers of the gospel through music.

“…When you meet, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell special revelation God has given, one will speak in an unknown language while another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must be useful to all and build them up in the Lord”. 1cor 14:26

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We are a preacher of the gospel through music and as a preacher of the gospel there is what you can do and what you cannot do, and things that you must have that can make your singing ministry effective. Music is a wonderful thing, it is something that God created to move all to who we are, sometimes no words are needed, sometimes they can even trivialize or cheapen the communication, and music is a powerful tool in the hands of God to bring life and healing. Let me share with you what you need to make your singing ministry effective.

Firstly, you need to know Him, knowing Him is not about having knowledge about God but have personal encounter with Him, have Him as your Lord and your Savoir. Let Him guide you and control your life, let Him dwell in your thoughts, make your thoughts a sanctuary in which He can dwell because you can lose the fellowship of God and a sense of His presence and a sense of spirituality by just thinking wrong. God doesn’t need you as a servant, God wants you in totality, not just a part, your whole life must be given over to Him until all you are truly His, He genuinely longs to have an intimate fellowship with you, that are a prerequisite to your knowing and how He wants you to serve Him. Your motive and secret passion must be His will and glory, seek His glory only in all you do and don’t ever share part of His glory. To know God, it is necessary that we be like Him to some degree, it is necessary that we must use every means of God grace to bring our souls into harmony with the character of God,
A. W TOZER said in his book that “Many of our popular songs and choruses in praise of Christ are hollow and unconvincing; some are even shocking in their amorous endearments and strike a reverent soul as being a kind of flattery offered to one with whom neither composer nor singer is acquainted. The whole thing is in the mood of the love ditty, the only difference being the substitution of the name of Christ for that of the early lover”.

Gospel Music Brings Souls to God Not to Entertain part 2

You are welcome back, as I promised this is the part two of the article titled gospel music brings souls to God not to entertain.
Let me start by saying that we have a higher calling as gospel musician and our ministry is spiritual in nature, our calling is not the calling to entertain but to minister to the soul of men and we are sent to the world, but never are we told to compromise with it.
Keith Duncan said in his book The Worship Revolution, “No one is placed on this earth by accident. God has a unique purpose for your life and specific plans for you to accomplish. One of His objectives is to change the atmosphere on earth through you. This purpose is discovered by spending time in His presence”.sing-201027_1920

Our mission as gospel singer is to be faithful and allow the Lord to flow through us; He is hungry for His people to burn once more with holy passion for Him. We are called to lift his name on high and for him to draw souls to himself, and the purpose of our calling can only be achieved through Christ, and without Him one cannot do anything. You need to know what you are called to do for him. The word “gospel” is not meant for entertaining, it is for spiritual issues, Jesus said “Occupy till I come” He did not say entertain till I come, even He Himself did not entertain.
As I said in the part 1 of this article that “Our songs are to convey information to the people, the Information of the love of God, His righteousness, His faithfulness, His justice, His holiness, His wondrous deeds, His power, His Glory, His splendor, His majesty, and His ability to do all things, it is necessary for our songs to speak and communicate the word of God to people. Our songs are not for entertainment but to communicate the word of God, even though entertainment is a basic part of music, as music is the combination of sound that are pleasant to the ear, the word pleasant is actually what entertainment is.

Gospel music brings souls to God not to entertain part 1

You are welcome to this site once more, in this site I will be talking about gospel music and many more insight on this site, how you can maintain your stand before the Lord, what is God expected from you as a gospel musician, choir, band, solo singer, What are the qualities of the instrumentalist (musician) in the house of God, and how God want to use us to His own glory.
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Let me start to say that we are called to bring souls back to God through your singing ministry, the scripture says “Well, my brothers, let’s add up what I am saying. When you meet together some will sing, another will teach, or tell some special information God has given him, or speak in an unknown language, or tell what someone else is saying who is speaking in the unknown language, but everything that is done must be useful to all, and build them up in the Lord”. 1 cor 14:26 TLB

The gift of singing you have is for a purpose and that purpose is to be a blessing, for healing, deliverance, for restoring everlasting joy in the life of the people, for salvation. And this gift was given to you by God to bring souls to God and God will ask you how many souls many souls you have won for Him through the gift that was given unto you by God.
In this article we will look at what are GOSPEL, MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT and what goes along with what we are called to do. Let’s start looking at it one after the other.

GOSPEL
These are the meaning and what gospel is all about.
The joyous good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. The Greek word translated as gospel means “a reward for bringing good news” or simply “good news.” In Isa 40:9, the prophet proclaimed the “good tidings” that God would rescue His people from captivity.

A word of Anglo-Saxon origin, and meaning “God’s spell”, i.e., word of God, or rather, according to others, “good spell”, i.e., good news. It is the rendering of the Greek evangel ion, i.e., “good message.” It denotes.
The gospel is not a new plan of salvation; it is the fulfillment of God’s plan of salvation, which was begun in Israel, was completed in Jesus Christ, and is made known by the church. The gospel is the saving work of God in His Son Jesus Christ and a call to faith in Him (Rom 1:16-17). Jesus is more than a messenger of the gospel; He is the gospel.

A gospel is more than a biography intended to provide information about a historical character. It is the presentation of the life of Jesus to show His saving significance for all people and to call them to faith in Him.

(1) “The welcome intelligence of salvation to man as preached by our Lord and his followers. The term is often used to express collectively the gospel doctrines; and ‘preaching the gospel’ is often used to include not only the proclaiming of the good tidings, but the teaching men how to avail themselves of the offer of salvation, the declaring of all the truths, precepts, promises, and threatening’s of Christianity.
(2) ” It is termed “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24),
(3) “the gospel of the kingdom” (Matt 4:23),
(4) “the gospel of Christ” (Rom 1:16),
(5) “the gospel of peace (Eph 6:15),
(6) “the glorious gospel,”
(7) “the everlasting gospel,”
(8) “The gospel of salvation” (Eph 1:13).

What Praise and Worship is not, 20 tips.

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name”. Psalm 100:4

In the last few years in the Church, there has been a mighty innovation and direction toward worship and praise in the Church. Many Churches employ the services of professionals in their worship programs, more of musical instruments are being brought into the Church for praise and worship, as commendable as these efforts have been so also there are condemn-able practices to it.

church-729580_1920Many gospel singers and worship leaders have low understanding of what praise and worship is all about even some pastors, Bishops, Reverends and church leaders has been singing wrong song to the God of praise, because they did not understand what praise and worship is all about, they are fun of singing a prayer song, hope song, encouragement song and so on and so forth for praise and worship, we need to look at lyrics of the songs you are singing to God if it is in line with praise or worship, when it’s comes to praise and worship you have to carefully mind the lyrics of the song you sing, you are to adore Him, magnify Him, exalt Him, glorify Him, kiss Him, appreciate Him, worship Him, not to encourage yourself, pray to Him, fighting battle in His presence.

What praise and worship is all about

((praz) Tehillah- “psalm,” “praise,” Todhah- “confession” “thanksgiving,” shabhach,-“to praise” “glorify,” zamar, yadhah-“to stretch out the hand,” “confess”;
It’s Meaning: The word comes from the Latin pretium, “price,” or “value,” and may be defined generally as an ascription of value or worth. Praise may be bestowed upon unworthy objects or from improper motives, but true praise consists in a sincere acknowledgment of a real conviction of worth. Its type may be seen in the representation given in the Apocalypse of the adoration of God and of the Lamb, which is inspired by a sense of their worthiness to be adored (Rev 4:11; 5:12).

Praise takes us to the presence of God and worship become our duty in is His presence, in praise, God is hearing but you cannot hear Him, in worship you hear expressly and declare Him, when we worship, we ascend the throne room of grace, when we ascend we gain revelation from God, Revelation causes us to know the will of God and break out Satan’s conformity. The Lord is asking us to move from the outer courts of praise and into the secret place where He abides and as we soak in His presence, He will begin to give us specific strategies and plans for our lives and ministry, don’t become so engrossed in yourself and your needs that you fail to prioritize what must be in place before coming to Him.

Praise is simply acknowledging, honoring and celebrating the person and work of Christ, in everyday terms praise is just bragging on Jesus Christ, praise is the outward expression of inward revelation, Praise is the language of faith- (Ps 52:9) that is praise exalting God for what you believe that He has done even though you haven’t seen the physical manifestation.
The authority of the Lord is experiential realized in the context of praise, praise makes room for the kingdom of Christ Jesus to be established in a particular situation at a particular time, praise is a progressive life wire of Christians that will finish their race well 1Thess. 5:18.

Having revelation knowledge of God you praise and you worship.
We lack knowledge of whom we are praising, the one whom we worshiped, the people of Israel sing with meaning, their singing was very intensive and meaningful because they had a revelation of who God is, we are to sing with understanding i.e. to know Him Ps 47:6-7, have deep knowledge of Him, praise is the outcome of God’s mighty acts, if you have seen God in action nobody will encourage you to stand to your feet and praise the Lord. (Ps 145:4-7), if you know God to be a wonder working God, your singing will be intensified and become more directed to Him and living your total life in praise not just a performance, is all that God wants and ask from you.

Pastor Faith Ajiboye said in his book LET PRAISE BEGIN, “The Spirit of God said to me about praise, praise notices the past, welcomes the present and looks into the future in adoration to God”.

Worship
Worship begins in the heart, anything outside is simply an extension of what’s on the inside, worship is personal, you can never worship beyond the knowledge you know about God, worship is an act of fearing God and obey Him, praise and worship is not only the art of worship but also the heart of worship and heart for worship, your heart must be involve in the worship to God, worship is commitment and is a total commitment of our soul, spirit, and body to love Him, to do His will to obey Him, when you are committed to God you are going to look like God not just singing, worship is to be carried out only when we come before the Lord of hosts the moment you sense His nearness, worship must be your response. Worship shows the holiness of God, worship is man attempt to give God His due, worship is man prostrating before God in total reference and honor for His personality.

Deep worship has nothing to do with music, if you can be connected through melody in your heart then the melody in your mouth will change, we have two types of melody, the first one is Silence melody– you have to worship God with this silence melody in your heart because this melody takes place within you, i.e. in your heart. And the second one is loud melody or music melody -this melody is what we see physically, so your worship must be in the silence melody first not physical melody or music melody, though sometimes it has to do with it and sometimes it has to do without it but it has to start from silence melody.

Worship humbles you, the proud man can’t worship God any more than the proud devil can worship God, there must be humility in the heart before there can be worship, worship has to be in the spirit and by the spirit, the notion that just anybody can worship is all wrong, the notion that we can worship without the spirit is all wrong, only the Holy Spirit knows how to worship God acceptably.

That is why we need the help of the Holy Spirit in our lives for our praise and worship to be accepted, because it is totally impossible to worship God acceptably apart from the Holy Spirit. Without an infusion of the Holy Spirit there can be no true worship, the operation of the Spirit of God within us enables us to worship acceptably through the person of Jesus Christ, who is Himself God, worship originates with God and comes back to us and is reflected from us as a mirror. Worship is active, it is practical, is not all about saying but to practice, it is something we do; I want you to know that worship is difference from entertainment, in worship we are not to be passive, but to participate.

God’s presence generates unending joy, unexplained joy, you can’t fathom the joy, in His presence there is fullness of joy. This joy is not condition by situation and circumstance, joy does not depend on what you have but joy depends on who you know and that is Jesus Christ, with the help of the Holy Spirit you can experience this, somebody said that “as the feeling of delight and well-being that is dependent in your connection to Jesus Christ”.

The object of our praise and worship is God.
In the Bible it is God who is especially brought before us as the object of praise. His whole creation praises Him, from the angels of heaven (Ps 103:20; Rev 5:11) to those lower existences that are unconscious or even inanimate (Ps 19:1-4; 148:1-10; Rev 5:13). But it is with the praises offered to God by man, and with the human duty of praising God, that the Scriptures are principally concerned.

The object of worship is God, the Nicene Creed says that we worship “one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible”. If we could set forth all God’s attributes and tell that God is we would fall on our knees, undoubtedly, in adoring worship, the bible says He “dwells in light unapproachable whom no man can see or has seen or can see and live” (1 Timothy 6:16). God is holy, eternal, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent and sovereign and that He has a thousand sovereign attributes and all these should humble us and bring us down to our knees and worship Him.
Rev Clayton Brasington said “we are to sing to the Lord, rather than just about Him, Almighty God is the object of our worship, and He is our audience (not the congregation or those around us)”. Worship is not about us, but is our ministry to the Lord; praise exalts the power of God while worship deals with the person of God.

Praise is encouraged by the acts and deeds of God while worship is excited about the ways and life of God, praise is our response to God’s deeds while worship is our response to His perceived presence, praise exalts God for what He has done, worship exalts God for who He is. Worship became far more intimate and personal, and all actions in worship would have to be governed by the attitudes of the worshiper toward the one being worshiped, Jesus gave us three separate measurements by which to test the validity of any person’s worship
1. All worship must be directed to the father.
2. True worship will be in man’s spirit.
3. Pure worship will be offered in truth.

Leading Praise and Worship

Leading praise and worship is the most sensitive part in our services because we determine how the service will be through our praise and worship to God and the choir ministration, it is not the time of experiment, it is for the serious minded person with God and man, because a time of praise and worship creates a power-charged atmosphere that can change unbelievers, when our spirits breaks free in praise and worship something happens in us that the world doesn’t understand or recognize, but unbelievers know that what they‘re sensing is to souls or intellectual and something inside them cries out for it, our worship determines the overall spiritual temperature and climate of a service. Many of the people coming to church are not happy, they are full of burdens and challenges and we need to make them happy by the help of the Holy Spirit, the atmosphere need to be charged by the help of the Holy Spirit for the word of God to have great impart in the life of the people and for God to have His way in the life of His people “But thou art holy, O thou inhabits the praises of Israel”. Ps 22:3 KJB, Act 16:25-34.

Danny Daniels said “But I was to learn that leading worship isn’t just about music. It’s about worshiping God with all your heart, mind and strength while at the same time drawing people into an experience in the spirit. It’s about helping people to be themselves before God, so they can discover how much he loves them”.

GOSPEL MUSIC BRINGS SOULS TO GOD NOT TO ENTERTAIN part 1

 GOSPEL MUSIC BRINGS SOULS TO GOD NOT TO ENTERTAIN  part 1

You are welcome to this site once more, in this site I will be talking about gospel music and many more insight on this site, how you can maintain your stand before the Lord, what is God expected from you as a gospel musician, choir, band, solo singer, What are the qualities of the instrumentalist (musician) in the house of God, and how God want to use us to His own glory.

audience-868074_1280Let me start to say that we are called to bring souls back to God through your singing ministry, the scripture says “Well, my brothers, let’s add up what I am saying. When you meet together some will sing, another will teach, or tell some special information God has given him, or speak in an unknown language, or tell what someone else is saying who is speaking in the unknown language, but everything that is done must be useful to all, and build them up in the Lord”.  1 cor 14:26 TLB

The gift of singing you have is for a purpose and that purpose is to be a blessing, for healing, deliverance, for restoring everlasting joy in the life of the people, for salvation. And this gift was given to you by God to bring souls to God and God will ask you how many souls many souls you have won for Him through the gift that was given unto you by God.

In this article we will look at what are GOSPEL, MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT and what goes along with what we are called to do. Let’s start looking at it one after the other.

GOSPEL

These are the meaning and what gospel is all about.                                                      The joyous good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. The Greek word translated as gospel means “a reward for bringing good news” or simply “good news.” In Isa 40:9, the prophet proclaimed the “good tidings” that God would rescue His people from captivity.

A word of Anglo-Saxon origin, and meaning “God’s spell”, i.e., word of God, or rather, according to others, “good spell”, i.e., good news. It is the rendering of the Greek evangel ion, i.e., “good message.” It denotes.

The gospel is not a new plan of salvation; it is the fulfillment of God’s plan of salvation which was begun in Israel, was completed in Jesus Christ, and is made known by the church. The gospel is the saving work of God in His Son Jesus Christ and a call to faith in Him (Rom 1:16-17). Jesus is more than a messenger of the gospel; He is the gospel.

A gospel is more than a biography intended to provide information about a historical character. It is the presentation of the life of Jesus to show His saving significance for all people and to call them to faith in Him.

  • “The welcome intelligence of salvation to man as preached by our Lord and his followers. The term is often used to express collectively the gospel doctrines; and ‘preaching the gospel’ is often used to include not only the proclaiming of the good tidings, but the teaching men how to avail themselves of the offer of salvation, the declaring of all the truths, precepts, promises, and threatening’s of Christianity.
  • ” It is termed “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24),
  • “the gospel of the kingdom” (Matt 4:23),
  • “the gospel of Christ” (Rom 1:16),
  • “the gospel of peace (Eph 6:15),
  • “the glorious gospel,”
  • “the everlasting gospel,”
  • “The gospel of salvation” (Eph 1:13).

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