Thursday, March 04, 2010
Doug Meeker - Worship is About Jesus - Part 1
I recently had the privilege of having Doug Meeker in my home when he came to Iowa to lead a worship workshop at a church in a nearby town. We had a great time together, and had some very wonderful conversations about many things, including the topic of 'worship.' We sat down to record some of our thoughts, and here is Part 1 of 2 of our recorded chat.
When it's said that "worship is about Jesus," some might say, "Well, duh!" :) But Doug has a great way of distinguishing between what worship is and what it isn't, as compared to what it seems to have become for many in the church today. For some, worship seems to be more about "the music" or about the style or the atmosphere. And it's not as if those things can't play an important role in worship. Music is a very powerful thing that can truly be used by God to move us. But yet music is not what worship is about. Worship is about Jesus.
And so even though Doug is gifted as a musician, he's the first one to try to help us get our thoughts off of the music, and instead to draw our attention to what true worship is. He says the word 'worship' means "whatever you ascribe worth to." Listen in to see the thoughts he draws from that definition. In the end, worship is about relationship. It's about intimate fellowship with Jesus. It's about love responding to love.
We also talk about a few other things, so I invite you to join me and Doug on this Growing in Grace Together discussion and then join us next week to for Part 2!
Find out more about Doug Meeker at dougmeeker.com.
Listen here: gigcast.graceroots.org