Hi, my name is Josh Kauffman, I'm the Director of Worship & Arts here at Malibu Pacific Church! If you are interested in serving with our worship ministry, have questions about it or about any of our upcoming worship events, or if you would just like to get together and connect, please contact me here : )
I recently gave a message on Sunday from Psalm 107 that shares some of my heart for worship songs, prayer, and the rich history of God's unfailing love that binds it all together. If you'd like to watch/hear that, the youtube video is linked below.
“They held harps given them by God and sang the song of God's servant Moses and of the Lamb: 'Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty, Just and true are your ways, King of the nations.'" Revelation 15:3
What is the purpose of Worship and how does our church do it in song?
- Loving the Lord is the first and greatest commandment in Scripture and so our guiding principle and priority in worship is to minister with love to the Lord Himself. What a privilege! The priesthood of ministering to God is the calling and privilege of all believers. The Westminster Shorter Catechism describes this simply saying, "man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever." So giving him glory and delighting in who he is has become our chief aim in worship. The first question to ask in worship then is not whether we ourselves are pleased with the worship, but whether God is pleased with what we are offering to Him. Has it been offered with love?
- Worship is responding with love and obedience to God’s love that has been poured into our hearts by his Spirit. And we respond to the many invitations his Spirit has given us in Scripture to worship him wholeheartedly. It's expressing our gratitude and honor for the Godhead above all others. It's celebrating the glory of who he is, what he has done, and what he is going to do. These are some of the elements that turn merely singing a song into the kind of worship the Father seeks.
- At Malibu Pacific Church we worship with songs that resonate with the truth of God’s Word, with themes the Spirit is stirring up within our church, and we draw on psalms, hymns and spiritual songs from the present as well as from the past. Our worship expression is informed by the Lord's leading, by our inter-generational congregation, and by the different communities we represent.
- We most often worship with the accompaniment of a full band, but it's sometimes more stripped down and acoustic.
- Jesus has opened the way for us to draw near to our Father and for our Father to draw near to us. Jesus sanctifies us and makes our worship a pleasing offering to the Father. So with boldness we sing directly to God from the heart, engaging the breath of our lungs, the strength of our bodies, the depth of our souls, and the focus of heart and mind in worship to him. We are able to personally engage with the presence and person of God because we are clothed in the righteousness of Jesus and have become a dwelling place for his Holy Spirit! The song that comes forth from our lips should mutually inspire and be inspired by the offering of our bodies as a living sacrifice, living a life that is holy and pleasing to God. This is our spiritual act of worship.
- We sing and make music in our hearts to and for the Lord God Himself! And we also sing the transforming truth of Jesus to one another, and to our own souls, and to all who have ears to hear! We do this in agreement with the Spirit and the Scriptures, letting the Word of Christ dwell among us richly as we teach and admonish one another, with all wisdom, with songs, hymns and spiritual songs. Empowered and directed by the Spirit our songs are an "Amen!" to God's revealed truth and an "Amen!" to the firstfruits experience of what his Spirit has given to us. The good news of Jesus is presented when we worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth.
- We anticipate the presence of the Lord engaging and communing with us, and through his Holy Spirit, his love continuing to transform, fill, and minister to us as we minister to him. With humility and with joy we acknowledge our reverance, our needs, our gratitude, and our love for him. And we open ourselves to receive his love, his truth, his revelation, his healing, his encouragement, his conviction, his forgiveness, and whatever he wants to do with and in us as we gather at his feet.
- We look to see Spirit-breathed, Christ-like transformation in our own lives and in the lives of our brothers and sisters around us as direct fruit of our time spent worshiping Jesus in song. True worship in song facilitates this on-going formation of, and is a reflection of a life that glorifies God. True worship advances his kingdom bringing freedom and joy in his presence. True worship celebrates the reign and anticipates the return of Jesus the King, as we herald his restoration of all things!