As the Gospel community, living within the kingdom of God, the Church should seek to prioritise the kingdom purposes. These kingdom purposes are the Invitation to join the Kingdom (Evangelism), the Participating in the Kingdom (Edification), Sharing the Kingdom (Social Concern), and Celebrating the King (Worship). These four purposes are the primary priorities of the Church.
If you have ever set foot inside a church, you will have encountered people who are undecided about the role of music in the worship life of the family of God. To avoid silly arguments, its best to look at the bible rather than peoples personal taste. The bible does not give us specific guidelines about songs and genres of music. What it does give us, however, are principles regarding the holiness of God, and the nature of worship, and if we believe that the bible is the inspired word of God, we are to cling to those principles.
Five steps to pastoral care
1. Uncover the Enslaving Idol
Traditional counselling starts and stops at the level of behaviour. It’s behaviour modification instead of transformation. In fact 2 Peter 2:19 says “They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.”
Underneath all sin is idolatry. There is no freedom in sin. Sin is simply choosing your master, but it’s not freedom.
We are all worshippers all the time. It’s what we’re created for—and also what we were created as.
We were created to reflect, mirror, image God in creation. However, through sin, we have a tendency to worship created things rather than our Creator God. (Romans 1:25)
This is most apparent today in our “sacred culture,” the marks of which are:
- The myths that define life
- Sacred rituals
These aspects show up in most every area of our lives.