SOW Week Nine

This week was another busy one! Our fourth song composition was due this week, and it was also my turn to share my first ‘On the Spot.’ As a part of the SOW curriculum, we must prepare three 10-15 minute teachings about three different characteristics of God. I still don’t really feel comfortable leading  musical worship and am also still pretty nervous anytime I have to sing in front of someone. Teaching is a different story however. While I do experience a few butterflies in my basket before speaking in front of people, I really enjoy teaching and preaching, and I feel like this is an area where God has gifted me. After two months of doing things that don’t come easy to me, it was very nice being able to do something that I actually feel confident about! So for this post I have the top ten points I learned from the speaker this week, what I learned about leading worship from him, my fourth song, and the handout/outline I used for my teaching. I have also included some more pictures from around the town of Burtigny, where I am currently living.

Week 9 – The Power of Worship – Rolf Schneider

The Key: Worship is powerful and can be used to stand up for and stand in the Kingdom of Heaven come to earth! It is God’s desire for things to be more like Heaven here on earth, and worship is one of the ways we can incite that. Worship is also one of our tools when we must stand against the enemy.

Ten Main Points

  1. If we don’t know the enemy’s strategy then we can’t fight against him effectively. We need to remember that accusations, disunity, chaos, shame, bitterness, anxiety, temptations, condemnation, and confusion are not from God. We have the authority to say no to all those things!
  2. When we make marriage vows we say things like ‘in sickness AND in health, until death do us part.’ This should be our heart even more so when we accept Christ! In many countries just saying you are a Christian puts you immediately into mortal danger. We should never take our own salvation for granted or take our freedom lightly. If we want to check whether we are really dedicated to Christ and our beliefs, we can ask ourselves how we would respond if we didn’t have that freedom and safety.
  3. Our lives may only make a difference for one person, but it is worth it.
  4. Missionaries look like a lot of different things, as does mission work! Bakers, nurses, preachers, technicians, artists – any of these roles can be used to serve and bless others in multiple ways.
  5. We must step out in a little faith for our faith to be multiplied. If we always do things based on our own strength and never trust God to take care of it, we will never have the opportunity to see how much we can trust Him!
  6. Often times when we sacrifice something to God, He gives it back to us, but so much better!
  7. We need to have a balanced life. If we want to serve God for the long term, we must have rest time too. Time to exercise physically, time to work on our relationships with others, time to work on our relationship with God, and then also time to work. It is a marathon, not a sprint.
  8. If the enemy has a tactic, God has given us the weapons to confront and defeat it.
  9. To step into a time of worship we should start with love, continue with thankfulness, and always open ourselves up to be willing to sacrifice whatever God calls us to lay down.
  10. Rather than praying against problems, we should be praying that the good destiny God has would come to fruition. Problems can keep popping up, and the next thing you know we are only focused on problems all the time. Instead, pray that people and places would enter into the plan God has for them!

What I Learned About Leading Worship From Rolf

“The Power of Storytelling”

“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony…”                   – Revelation 12:11(a)

Rolf is a very talented guitarist, he has written many worship songs, and he clearly has a great passion for worshipping God through song. He is obviously a powerful and experienced worship leader too; in the conventional sense of someone who leads worship through song. The thing I noticed most about Rolf though, and something new that I really thought about and learned from his teaching, is how powerful storytelling is for worshipping God.

We worship God through sharing the testimonies of the good work He has done in our lives and in the lives of those we know. It shows that we remember what He has done and that we are grateful for it, and it gives us a deeper love for Him that we want to share. We also lead others to a place of worship when we share those testimonies. Maybe someone is feeling discouraged, or maybe someone is going through something and they aren’t sure how it will turn out, or maybe they don’t know God at all. When we share our testimonies people are encouraged, their hope is renewed as they learn that God truly can overcome in any situation, and those who do not know God will be in awe of His works and can come to believe in Him through our testimonies. That is powerful stuff!

If we want people to really worship God, we need to make sure they really know who God is, and our own stories show so much about the God we serve and the relationship He builds with us! Stories are not just stories, they really are one of the great ways we can worship God and lead others to worship Him too!

Here is my fourth composition. This song is about how powerful our testimonies really are, and how every deed God does in our lives, big or small, is in fact a testimony of His goodness that we should share!

All the glory to God for yet another amazing opportunity to learn, grow, and serve! May He bless each one of you on each of your own journeys too! To end this post I will share the verse that we memorized this week:

“God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered; and those who hate him shall flee before him! As smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away; as wax melts before fire, so the wicked shall perish before God! But the righteous shall be glad; they shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy! Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the Lord; exult before him!” – Psalm 68:1-4