I believe that one of the greatest miracles in the entire bible is that when a person gives his or her life to Jesus, God places his Spirit within the new believer’s body (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Because of this, Christ followers not only have the presence of God with them, they have the presence of God within them. When we think about this reality and ponder its ramifications, it is truly an amazing and miraculous concept. Once we become believers, the goal of each Christian should be to allow God’s Holy Spirit to control his or her life. This is what the bible means when it exhorts us to “be filled” with the Spirit.
Recently, I studied one of the key passages that commands us to “be filled with the Spirit,” Ephesians 5:18. Following this command, the passage includes five participles explaining the results of being Spirit filled. Interestingly, the first three results specifically talk about worship through music. In other words, Spirit filled disciples of Jesus will be involved in speaking psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Next, they will experience singing and making music in their hearts to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19).
Perhaps this explains why corporate worship through music is such a critical component of church life. When God’s people passionately pursue him in worship, God’s Holy Spirit fills our hearts and invades our space.
Recently, Calvary was privileged to host the Master’Singers who performed their Concert of Worship in our beautiful Worship Center. Truly, it was a spectacular musical worship event with a 175-member choir accompanied by gifted musicians. The Spirit truly filled our hearts and his presence and leading was evident to everyone there.
I want to thank Rick Couch and the Calvary choir for being such gracious hosts for this worship event. Numerous members of the Master’Singers told me how appreciative they were of our church and what a great job we did. Additionally, I am so thankful for our gifted musicians and choir and leadership that makes Calvary’s worship so special and meaningful week in and week out. Musically, we are a blessed and talented church. Also, I look forward to adding a Contemporary Worship service sometime in the near future. It is my prayer that all of our worship services at Calvary will become Spirit filled encounters. After all, the Spirit loves worship, and when we are being led by him, we will too!
Expectantly – Your Pastor,
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